Ritzen Group was trying to buy a piece of property from these deadbeats at Jackson Masonry. But then at the last moment, Jackson sent over some bullshit paperwork that caused Ritzen to have to pull out of the deal. Jackson was shit at their finances, and ended up filing for bankruptcy. So clearly, they were trying to pull something over on Ritzen in selling the property.
So Ritzen sued Jackson for breech of contract, but then Jackson was like, “Oh you’re gonna sue us asshole? We’ll sue you!” And so they did—claiming Ritzen entered into the deal when they didn’t have the money to actually buy the property, and thus were themselves in breech of contract.
So then the deadbeats at Jackson, having filed for bankruptcy, sought protection from Ritzen’s lawsuit, which is what bankruptcy does, among other things. But Ritzen filed a motion to lift the protection against Jackson, and were denied. So Ritzen sued the bankruptcy estate, and they ruled in favor of Jackson, saying that Ritzen’s failure to secure financing for the property was the breech of contract, not Jackson’s bullshit paperwork.
So Ritzen, having been fucked every step of the way, appealed yet again in district court, both appeals were denied. One denied because the courts said Ritzen didn’t appeal in time. The other, they just didn’t think Ritzen proved it’s argument worth a shit.
So now we’re at SCOTUS trying to figure out if the denial of relief for Ritzen are considered a final order, which affects how long Ritzen had to file its appeal. Because there’s steps in the process, and in order to file appeal, you first have to have a final order, otherwise you’re appealing before it’s been decided.
Unanimous decision for Jackson. Once a bankruptcy court has denied relief to the creditor, it is a final decision and therefore open for appeals, which means Jackson waited too damn long.