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IndyMac Bank F.S.B. v. Mitchell (In re Mitchell)

Plaintiff creditor filed an adversary proceeding against defendant debtor, claiming that the debtor's obligation under a construction loan entered into between the debtor and the creditor was nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(A), or (a)(2)(B), or (a)(6). The creditor filed a motion for summary judgment on all claims.
Ruling: 
Summary judgment was denied to a creditor claiming loan obligation nondischargeability since the creditor presented insufficient evidence regarding alleged false statements in the loan application and reliance on these statements.
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Richardson v. Pilgrim (In re Pilgrim)

Plaintiff, a Chapter 7 trustee, sought denial of the debtors' discharges pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(2)(A), (a)(2)(B), (a)(3), (a)(4)(B), and (a)(5). The trustee moved for a default judgment, which the bankruptcy court denied without prejudice. The trustee, having re-served the complaint and summons and filed an affidavit addressing the debtors' military status, renewed his motion for a default judgment.
Ruling: 
Discharge was denied where the debtors failed to provide accounting of cash settlement received three months prior to filing or respond to trustee's inquiries or default judgment motion.
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Bellows v. Froug (In re Froug)

Defendant debtor commenced a chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding. Plaintiff former wife contended that certain obligations were not dischargeable in bankruptcy under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(5). She filed a motion for partial summary judgment or a judgment on the pleadings.
Ruling: 
Former wife was granted partial summary judgment against debtor in finding spousal and child support were not dischargeable but postponed uncertain determination regarding second mortgage.
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Citibank (South Dakota) N.A. v. Han (In re Han)

Plaintiff credit card company filed an adversary proceeding against defendant debtor alleging that the debtor's obligation to the credit card company was not dischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(A). After filing an amended complaint, the credit card company filed a renewed motion for a default judgment.
Ruling: 
Portion of debtor's credit card debt was deemed nondischargeable due to debtor's fraud.
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In re Kenard

Movant deed holder filed a motion to validate a foreclosure sale in a bankruptcy proceeding.
Ruling: 
Debtor's case was dismissed and the court validated a foreclosure sale since the debtor filed two chapter 13 petitions in bad faith by accepting property title and then immediately filing to try to stop foreclosure.
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In re Bush

The debtor filed a notice of appeal of an order entered by bankruptcy court (the lift stay order), which denied the debtor's motion for recusal and granted the motion for relief from the automatic stay filed by the creditor. The debtor filed the current motion seeking a stay of the lift stay order pending the resolution of his appeal.
Ruling: 
Debtor failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits to obtain a stay pending the resolution of the debtor's appeal of a lift stay order.
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