United States Fifth Circuit

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In the Matter of: Laughlin, 09-10622

In debtor's appeal from a district court's order affirming a bankruptcy court's judgment denying discharge pursuant to 11 U.S.C. section 727(a)(2), the order is reversed where: 1) the court was required to look to Louisiana law in order to determine whether debtor fraudulently transferred "property" or an "interest in property"; and 2) under Louisiana law, a valid pre-petition renunciation of an inheritance interest was not a transfer of the debtor's property under section 727(a)(2).

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/30/2010
  • Published 03/30/2010


  • KING, Circuit Judge:, Before KING, JOLLY and STEWART, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Behrooz P. Vida (argued), Vida Law Firm, P.L.L.C., Bedford, TX, for Laughlin.

  • For Appellees:
  • Jeffrey W. Steidley (argued), The Steidley Law Firm, Barnet Bernard Skelton, Jr., Houston, TX, for Defendants-Appellees.