Judge Michael

In re Stillwell

A bankruptcy debtor sought to retain her vehicle even though the debtor's available income was insufficient to make payments on the debt secured by the vehicle. The debtor sought approval of a reaffirmation agreement with the secured creditor under 11 U.S.C. § 524(m)(1).
Ruling: 
Reaffirmation agreement approved where debtor failed to show enforcement would cause undue hardship.
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Custom Heating & Air Inc. v. Andress (In re Andress)

Plaintiff judgment creditor brought an adversary proceeding against defendant bankruptcy debtor, alleging that the debtor willfully and maliciously violated a covenant not to compete with the creditor and that the judgment debt based on such misconduct was not dischargeable pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6). The bankruptcy court conducted a trial.
Ruling: 
Debt related to debtor's violating covenant not to compete was deemed nondischargeable since debtor admitted to competing.
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In re West

A bankruptcy court issued an order to show cause why counsel for bankruptcy debtors failed to comply with the court's requirement that pleadings be filed electronically rather than on paper. Upon counsel's continued failures to comply with the requirement and counsel's apparently inconsistent statements, the court considered whether to sanction counsel pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9011.
Ruling: 
Counsel was sanctioned for refusing to file pleadings electronically and for making misrepresentations to the court regarding the counsel's ability to file electronically.
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