The Honorable Kevin R. Huennekens *
Nathan Kramer **
This survey of bankruptcy and insolvency case law is the third installment in this series, which was initiated in 2009 following Congress’s enactment of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (“BAPCPA”) in 2005. The previous version of this article was published in 2012, not long after the Supreme Court’s 2011 ruling in Stern v. Marshall, which restricted the authority of bankruptcy courts to issue final judgments on issues arising under state law. As was noted in the 2012 installment, “[t]he full impact of Stern both nationally and in the Fourth Circuit remains to be seen.” There has been a significant amount of development concerning Stern claims both nationally and within the Fourth Circuit in the past three years. It is fitting that this installment should come on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in Wellness International Network, Ltd. v. Sharif, which has resolved many of the issues posed by Stern, at least for the time being. More generally, the Supreme Court has decided an abnormally large number of bankruptcy cases in the past few years.