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Mohorne v. Beal Bank

Appellant property owner filed a quiet title action against appellee bank. Pursuant to the Rooker-Feldman doctrine, the district court granted summary judgment to the bank. The property owner filed a bankruptcy petition. The district court affirmed the bankruptcy court's denial of rehearing based on the Rooker-Feldman doctrine and collateral estoppel. The bankruptcy court denied the property owner's remaining motions. The property owner appealed.
Ruling: 
Bankruptcy court properly refused to reopen long closed case for determination of issues that could be raised in debtor's current case.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on November 09,2009, LexisNexis #1209-075

Tucker v. Turkey Creek Ltd. Liab. Co.

Appellant chapter 7 debtor challenged a decision of the bankruptcy court, which held that the debtor was collaterally estopped from relitigating the issue of whether debt owed to appellee creditor was nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(A) and (a)(6).
Ruling: 
Court held that state court judgment did not collaterally estop debtor from challenging debt nondischargeability since constructive knowledge of falsity was not sufficient to support nondischargeability finding.
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