Eleventh Circuit Joins Ninth in Allowing Appellate Counsel Fees for a Stay Violation

According to the ABI's Rochelle's Daily Wire: The Eleventh Circuit ruled that a debtor is entitled to recovery of attorneys’ fees incurred in upholding a judgment for violation of the automatic stay, siding with the Ninth Circuit’s decision in In re Schwartz-Tallard, 803 F.3d 1095 (9th Cir. 2015) (en banc). The Dec. 5 opinion for the Eleventh Circuit by District Judge Leigh Martin May, sitting by designation, held that the debtor could recover counsel fees for pursuing a monetary award and appellate counsel fees resulting from the stay violation, plus fees incurred in litigation precipitated by the stay violation.