Western District

Johnson, In re

Ruling: 
Chapter 13 trustee was not authorized to pay court fees that accrued in debtor's precedingbankruptcy case as they were not priority claims. (Bankr. W.D. Pa.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on October 28,2019, LexisNexis #1219-061

Kubatka, In re--United States Tr. v. Kubatka

Ruling: 
Debtors' voluntary retirement account contributions should not be considered as disposableincome when assessing their ability to pay. (Bankr. W.D. Pa.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 30,2019, LexisNexis #1219-018

Dolfi, In re--Dolfi v. Dolfi

Ruling: 
Lienholder failed to establish that judicial liens senior to unavoidable mortgages are insulatedfrom avoidance. (Bankr. W.D. Pa.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on October 03,2019, LexisNexis #1119-082

Scott, In re

Ruling: 
Adversary proceeding dismissed as the court did not have subject-matter jurisdiction overstate law cause of action challenging creditor's standing to enforce a note and mortgage. (Bankr.W.D. Pa.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 25,2019, LexisNexis #1119-049

Jones, In re--Silvestri Homes WNY, LLC v. Jones

Ruling: 
Creditor had valid claim against debtor that was excepted from discharge as debtor waskeeping no contemporaneous trust records whatsoever during the course of the contract.(Bankr. W.D. Pa.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 19,2019, LexisNexis #1019-056

Barrett, In re

Ruling: 
Debtor's ex-wife was granted relief from automatic stay as state court order determined thatthe ex-wife was the rightful owner of funds that was not part of debtor's bankruptcy estate.(Bankr. W.D. Pa.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 16,2019, LexisNexis #1019-030

Venanzio, In re--Winnecour v. United States Bank, N.A.

Ruling: 
Creditor's proof of claim was disallowed to the extent of the pre-petition arrears in excess ofthose provided for in the Chapter 13 plan as the claim was filed exactly one year after thebar date. (Bankr. W.D. Pa.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on July 30,2019, LexisNexis #0919-079

Berger, In re--Berger v. Pennsylvania

Ruling: 
Creditor taxing authority did not have sovereign immunity in debtors’ proceeding to removetax liens. (Bankr. W.D. Pa.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 29,2019, LexisNexis #0619-078

Fraser, In re--Fraser v. CitiMortgage, Inc.

Ruling: 
Motion to dismiss was granted where debtor did not meet his burden of showing adequatecause for reconsideration. (Bankr. W.D. Pa.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on April 26,2019, LexisNexis #0619-086

Pinnick, In re--Pinnick v. No Respondent

Ruling: 
Motion to dismiss Chapter 7 case denied as debtor's mistaken belief that her home would beprotected in bankruptcy was not by itself a reason to dismiss given the relatively small claimsof four general unsecured creditors. (Bankr. W.D. Pa.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 08,2019, LexisNexis #0419-063

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