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In re LCI Holding Co.

Ruling: 
Proceeds of the sale of debtor's property were not property of the estate and could not be distributed to creditors.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on September 14,2015, LexisNexis #1015-008

Miller v. Miller (In re Miller)

Ruling: 
District court should have remanded case after finding bankruptcy court's sanctions order to be procedurally defective.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 16,2013, LexisNexis #1013-032

Samson Energy Res. Co. v. SemCrude LP (In re SemCrude LP)

Ruling: 
District court erred in denying creditors' appeal of chapter 11 plan confirmation.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on August 27,2013, LexisNexis #0913-096

In re Philadelphia Newspapers LLC

Appellants, alleged defamation victims, sought review of the judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania affirming the Bankruptcy Court's decision to deny their requests for the allowance of administrative expense claims under 11 U.S.C.S. § 503(b) in the chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of debtor, a newspaper and its affiliates.
Ruling: 
Bankruptcy court properly denied administrative expense claim for alleged defamation victims.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on July 26,2012, LexisNexis #0812-045

In re Goodys Family Clothing Inc.

Lessors of nonresidential premises to appellant bankruptcy debtors filed administrative expense claims for unpaid, postpetition rents that were actual, necessary costs and expenses of preserving the bankruptcy estates. The debtors appealed the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware which upheld the bankruptcy court's allowance of the claims.
Ruling: 
Administrative expense claim properly allowed for unpaid postpetition rents that were actual, necessary costs and expenses of preserving the estate.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 29,2010, LexisNexis #0910-043

In re Reilly

Appellant chapter 7 trustee moved to sell the debtor's business equipment that she had listed as personal property on her Schedule B and listed as exempt from bankruptcy on her Schedule C. The bankruptcy court denied the motion because the trustee had not filed a timely objection to the debtor's claim of exemption. The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania affirmed. The trustee appealed.
Ruling: 
Trustee could not sell debtor's personal property due to failure to timely object to debtor's claimed exemptions.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on July 21,2008, LexisNexis #0808-070

In re Insilco Techs. Inc.

Appellant trustee appealed from the District Court for the District of Delaware which dismissed the trustee's objections to a proof of claim. The appeal arose out of the 11 U.S.C. § 502 claim allowance process in debtor's chapter 11 bankruptcy liquidation and the question was whether the trustee could bring a recharacterization action and an equitable subordination action under 11 U.S.C. § 510(c)(1) against certain lenders.
Ruling: 
Terms of settlement agreement conceding that debts owed to non-participating lenders were allowable claims barred trustee's action for recharacterization and equitable subordination.
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Will v. Northwestern Univ. (In re Nutraquest Inc.)

Appellant university filed a third party complaint seeking contribution from various makers of ephedra products after it was sued following the death of one of its football players. Appellee debtor, one of the makers, later filed for bankruptcy protection. The university appealed after the district court upheld the bankruptcy court's approval of a settlement between appellee and the player's estate.
Ruling: 
Court did not abuse its discretion in finding that a tort settlement met Rules requirements and state tort law.
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Cohen v. KB Mezzanine Fund II LP (In re SubMicron Sys. Corp.)

A creditors' committee in a bankruptcy case brought an adversary proceeding against appellee lenders challenging a sale under 11 U.S.C. § 363(b) of debtors' assets; appellant plan administrator was substituted for the committee. The district court withdrew the reference to the bankruptcy court and approved the sale. The administrator appealed.
Ruling: 
Asset sale approval was affirmed since the bankruptcy court did not err in characterizing the lenders'financing as debt rather than equity and since the lenders were allowed to credit bid the full face value of their claims against the debtor's estate.
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