Maine

In re Ring

In two cases filed after enactment of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 ("BAPCPA"), consumer debtors sought orders determining that they had not violated the Bankruptcy Code's requirements for providing the chapter 7 and chapter 13 trustees with copies of prebankruptcy tax returns, as required by 11 U.S.C. § 521(e)(2)(A)(i), even though copies of the returns were provided to the trustees in either case.
Ruling: 
Court deemed that debtors'failure to provide tax returns to trustees was not grounds for dismissal but declined to issue bright line rule on tax return filings since the requests were not cases or controversies but rather anticipatory motions.
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Brooks v. GMAC (In re Brooks)

Plaintiffs, debtors, filed a complaint against creditor alleging that the creditor violated the automatic stay of 11 U.S.C. § 362(a) and the co-debtor stay of 11 U.S.C. § 1301(a) by refusing to release its lien on an automobile co-owned by the debtor wife and her father.
Ruling: 
Creditor did not violate automatic stay by refusing to release its lien on an automobile co - owned by debtor wife and the wife's father.
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In re Dilley

Chapter 7 debtor filed a motion to dismiss the involuntary chapter 7 petition filed against the debtor pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 303(b)(1) by petitioners, the estate of his deceased wife and the conservator for each of her two surviving children. The court treated the motion as one for summary judgment because matters outside the pleadings were offered for consideration. Debtor also filed a request for abstention.
Ruling: 
Debtor's not guilty plea in criminal homicide case raised liability dispute warranting dismissal of an involuntary chapter 7 case filed by the deceased's estate and children.
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