Eastern District

In re Hermesch Entities I

The debtors filed for relief under chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code and a plan was approved. The creditor filed a motion for an administrative claim for reimbursement of insurance proceeds.
Ruling: 
Claim for insurance premiums that were not part of postpetition transaction and did not benefit estate was not entitled to administrative expense status.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on August 19,2008, LexisNexis #0908-117

Beaumont v. United States (In re Beaumont)

Plaintiff Chapter 7 debtor filed an adversary proceeding against defendant United States Government, seeking a judgment finding that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) violated 11 U.S.C.S. §§ 362 and 524 when it withheld disability benefits after he declared bankruptcy. The case was tried to the court.
Ruling: 
Withholding of benefits by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs did not violate stay due to debtor's failure to fulfill obligation to report finances.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 07,2008, LexisNexis #0908-019

In re Povey

A chapter 13 trustee filed objections, pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 502(b)(1), to a creditor's proofs of claim.
Ruling: 
Trustee's objections to proofs of claim sustained due to failure to attach writings or complete assignment documentation.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on April 09,2008, LexisNexis #0508-043

Garland v. United States (In re Garland)

Plaintiff, the United States Trustee, sought a denial of a chapter 7 debtor's discharge pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 727(a)(2), § 727(a)(4)(A), and § 727(a)(5). The debtor filed a complaint against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) asking that a judgment be entered under 11 U.S.C.S. § 523(a)(1) and seeking a determination that certain federal income tax liabilities be discharged in his chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Ruling: 
Attorney debtor's ongoing concealment of property resulted in denial of discharge.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 31,2008, LexisNexis #0408-135

Jim Wynn Inc. v. Ratliff (In re Ratliff)

Plaintiff, defendant debtor's former employer, filed an adversary proceeding against the debtor seeking a determination that its debt was nondischargeable pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 523(a)(4) for alleged embezzlement of corporate funds.
Ruling: 
Debtor office manager's embezzlement from employer resulted in nondischargeable debt.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 07,2008, LexisNexis #0408-112

Miller v. Martin (In re Gross)

In an earlier proceeding the court entered judgment in favor of plaintiff trustee against defendant transferee, in the amount of $13,806, plus interest, and avoiding a mortgage to the transferee on the grounds that the transactions were preferential, pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 547. The trustee filed a motion for interest, and to amend the judgment to include costs and prejudgment interest from the date of demand of disgorgement.
Ruling: 
Trustee awarded costs on avoidance of portion of prepetition transfer declared preferential.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 02,2008, LexisNexis #0208-105

In re McCurtain Mun. Auth.

Debtor, a public trust created under Oklahoma law, filed a petition for relief under chapter 9. A creditor filed a motion to dismiss the debtor's petition, claiming that the debtor was not entitled to relief because it failed to comply with 11 U.S.C. §§ 109(c) and 921(c).
Ruling: 
Public trust that was insolvent and failed in good faith attempt to settle disputes was eligible for relief under chapter 9.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on December 04,2007, LexisNexis #0108-036

Goss v. Martin (In re Goss)

Plaintiff chapter 7 trustee filed a complaint against defendant creditor, seeking to avoid a payment of 13,806.25 to the creditor and a $30,000 mortgage given in favor of the creditor as preferential transfers under 11 U.S.C. §§ 547(b) and 548.
Ruling: 
Payment and mortgage granted to creditor within 90 days of filing from trust controlled by debtor was preferential.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 25,2007, LexisNexis #1107-066

In re Wake

The United States Trustee ("UST") moved to dismiss the debtor's chapter 7 case pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 707(b) on the grounds that the filing constituted an abuse of the provisions of chapter 7.
Ruling: 
Case ordered converted or dismissed where debtors could fund chapter 13 plan if second car payment was eliminated.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 07,2007, LexisNexis #1007-084

In re Forest Hill Funeral Home & Mem. Park - East LLC

A bankruptcy debtor owned and operated cemeteries, funeral homes, and mausoleums, and filed its chapter 11 bankruptcy petition after becoming unable to honor prepaid contracts for funeral arrangements. A state agency which regulated the funeral home, cemetery, and mausoleum business moved to dismiss the debtor's case or for abstention in favor of pending state proceedings for appointment of a receiver for the debtor.
Ruling: 
Case dismissed for bad faith where funeral home debtor made improper investments, failed to keep adequate records and intended to thwart state enforcement proceedings.
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