IN RE BESTWALL, LLC

No. 22-1981, No. 22-1984.

99 F.4th 679 (2024)

IN RE: BESTWALL, LLC, Debtor. Patricia Blair, as personal representative for the Estate of Lee Blair; Violet Butler, as personal representative for the Estate of Ralph Butler; Betty Jean Camilleri, as personal representative for the Estate of Terrence Camilleri; Cheryl D. Wooter, as personal representative for the Estate of William Cutler; Kimberly Plant, as special administrator of the Estate of Sheryl Evans; Maria Fons, as personal representative for the Estate of Miguel Fons; John Guzman, as personal representative of the Estate of Joe Guzman; Christopher Nelson, as personal representative for the Estate of Roger Nelson; Melissa Taylor, as personal representative for the Estate of Donald Taylor; The Law Firm of Maune, Raichle, Hartley, French & Mudd, LLC, Claimants-Appellants, v. Bestwall, LLC, Debtor-Appellee. In re: Bestwall, LLC, Debtor. Patricia Blair, as personal representative for the Estate of Lee Blair; Violet Butler, as personal representative for the Estate of Ralph Butler; Betty Jean Camilleri, as personal representative for the Estate of Terrence Camilleri; Cheryl D. Wooter, as personal representative for the Estate of William Cutler; Kimberly Plant, as special administrator of the Estate of Sheryl Evans; Maria Fons, as personal representative for the Estate of Miguel Fons; John Guzman, as personal representative of the Estate of Joe Guzman; Christopher Nelson, as personal representative for the Estate of Roger Nelson; Melissa Taylor, as personal representative for the Estate of Donald Taylor; The Law Firm of Maune, Raichle, Hartley, French & Mudd, LLC, Claimants-Appellants, v. Bestwall, LLC, Debtor-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Decided: April 29, 2024.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ARGUED: Natalia Lynn Talbot , WALDREP WALL BABCOCK & BAILEY PLLC, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for Appellants. C. Kevin Marshall , JONES DAY, Washington, D.C., for Appellee. ON BRIEF: Thomas W. Waldrep, Jr. , Jennifer B. Lyday , Ciara L. Rogers , Diana Johnson , WALDREP WALL BABCOCK & BAILEY PLLC, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for Appellants. Gregory M. Gordon , Dallas, Texas, Megan Lacy Owen , JONES DAY, Washington, D.C.; Garland S. Cassada , Richard C. Worf, Jr. , Charlotte, North Carolina, Preetha Suresh Rini , ROBINSON, BRADSHAW & HINSON, P.A., for Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for Appellee.

Affirmed by published opinion. Judge Rushing wrote the majority opinion, in which Judge Wilkinson joined. Judge King wrote a dissenting opinion.


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