Judge poised to jail N.Y. real estate lawyer over bankruptcy docs

 Judge poised to jail N.Y. real estate lawyer over bankruptcy docs
  • Mitchell Kossoff found in civil contempt by federal bankruptcy judge
  • Kossoff refused to hand over documents to trustee overseeing his defunct law firm

(Reuters) – A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Tuesday held New York real estate lawyer Mitchell Kossoff in civil contempt and said he will seek to have him incarcerated for defying court orders to cooperate with the Chapter 7 trustee overseeing the dissolution of his defunct law firm.

Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones in Manhattan said Kossoff can avoid prison and purge the contempt order if he turns over documents, including a list of creditors and personal financial information, to Al Togut, the Chapter 7 trustee overseeing the estate of Kossoff PLLC.

Kossoff “simply has not diligently attempted to comply nor has he taken steps to do so,” Jones said during a hearing.

Whether or not he complies, Kossoff remains free until Jones’ findings can be affirmed by a U.S. district judge, allowing…

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