§ 109

In re Carey

Movant debtors filed a request for waiver of the credit counseling certificate at the time of filing their chapter 7 bankruptcy petition due to exigent circumstances. The bankruptcy court held an evidentiary hearing on the request.
Ruling: 
Debtors'request for waiver of a credit counseling certificate was denied and their petition was stricken since they had not requested credit counseling services at least five days before filing.
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In re Latovljevic

The debtor requested an exemption from the Bankruptcy Code's credit counseling requirements due to his incarceration. The trustee objected to the request for an exemption and sought to have the debtor's case dismissed on the basis that the debtor failed to obtain prepetition, non-profit, budget and credit counseling services.
Ruling: 
Court denied debtor's request for exemption from prefiling credit counseling due to incarceration and dismissed case.
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In re Carr

A debtor was ordered to show cause why his chapter 13 bankruptcy case should not have been dismissed for failure to obtain prepetition, non-profit, budget and credit counseling as required by 11 U.S.C. § 109(h).
Ruling: 
Case was dismissed since debtor failed to request prefiling credit counseling.
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In re Star

The trustee objected to a debtor's motion to proceed without meeting the credit counseling requirement of 11 U.S.C. § 109(h). The debtor filed an unopposed motion to conduct his 11 U.S.C. § 341 meeting of creditors telephonically.
Ruling: 
Debtor did not qualify for permanent waiver of credit counseling requirement but was granted extension of time to receive counseling due to incarceration.
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Hedquist v. Fokkena (In re Hedquist)

Appellant, a pro se debtor, challenged a decision of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota that held debtor and his wife were ineligible to file their chapter 11 bankruptcy case for failing to comply with the credit counseling requirements of 11 U.S.C. § 109(h), and dismissed their case.
Ruling: 
Court rejected equal protection argument of pro se debtor in dismissing debtor's case for failing to comply with section 109(h) credit counseling requirement.
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In re Mills

A bankruptcy petitioner obtained credit counseling as required by 11 U.S.C. § 109(h) on the same day that her bankruptcy petition was filed. The trustee moved to dismiss the petition based on the petitioner's ineligibility to be a debtor under section 109(h).
Ruling: 
Case was dismissed since debtor obtained credit counseling on same day as filing.
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In re Hawkins

The court previously entered an order to show cause why debtor's case ought not be dismissed for failure to obtain credit counseling prior to the petition date, as required to satisfy the requirements of 11 U.S.C. § 109(h).
Ruling: 
Court deemed that debtor need only make colorable claim of receiving credit counseling to assert jurisdiction and impose automatic stay.
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In re Raymond

Before the court in a chapter 7 matter was pro se debtor's certification of exigent circumstances.
Ruling: 
Pro se debtor's case was dismissed since debtor's certification of exigent circumstances did not certify that debtor requested credit counseling services but was unable to receive them.
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In re Causey

Movant bankruptcy trustee moved to dismiss nonmovant debtor's bankruptcy petition for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief. The debtor requested recusal of the bankruptcy judge.
Ruling: 
Case was dismissed since debtor did not provide credit counseling certification or provide explanation of exigent circumstances.
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In re Seaman

A pro se individual bankruptcy debtor filed his bankruptcy petition, but the debtor neither filed a certificate of credit counseling with his petition pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 109(h) nor sought a temporary or permanent exemption from the counseling requirement under that section. The trustee moved to dismiss the debtor's petition.
Ruling: 
Court held that dismissal of case rather than striking debtor's petition as void ab initio was the appropriate remedy when debtor failed to meete credit counseling requirement.
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