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Stvan v. Mona (In re Mona)

Ruling: 
Debt was nondischargeable due to debtor's misrepresentation to induce creditor to advance funds.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on July 29,2013, LexisNexis #0813-084

Robbins v. Whalen (In re Whalen)

Plaintiff United States Trustee (UST) filed a complaint against defendant chapter 7 debtor seeking to deny his discharge under 11 U.S.C.S. § 727(a)(2) for fraudulent concealment of property and under § 727(a)(4) for making false oaths.
Ruling: 
Discharge denied due to false statements regarding trust distributions and cash on hand.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 18,2013, LexisNexis #0713-061

In re Poulette

A bankruptcy trustee filed an objection to a debtor's post-case closing attempt to exempt originally unscheduled interests in two claims.
Ruling: 
Debtor could make post-closing amendment to claimed exemptions due to excusable neglect.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on May 24,2013, LexisNexis #0613-103

Wilson v. Abell (In re Abell)

Judgment creditor filed a motion seeking relief from the stay that was imposed pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 362(a) when respondent debtor declared chapter 11 bankruptcy so she could continue discovery efforts to identify property from which she and other creditors could collect the balance of a $2,140,000 judgment they obtained in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. The debtor opposed the motion.
Ruling: 
Stay modified to allow judgment creditor to continue discovery efforts.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on April 26,2013, LexisNexis #0513-111

United States v. Sieber (In re Sieber)

United States Trustee brought an adversary proceeding against defendant bankruptcy debtor seeking denial of the debtor's discharge pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 727(a) and alleging that the debtor concealed and transferred assets, failed to produce adequate records, and made false oaths in the bankruptcy case.
Ruling: 
Discharge denied due to concealment and transfer of assets, failure to produce records and false oaths.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 29,2013, LexisNexis #0513-062

In re Martise

The United States Trustee filed a motion to disgorge an excessive bankruptcy petition preparer fee pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 110(h)(3).
Ruling: 
Bankruptcy petition preparer ordered to disgorge excessive fees.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 19,2013, LexisNexis #0413-037

Fannie Mae v. Griffin (In re Griffin)

Debtor filed a petition under chapter 13 and proposed a plan for paying his creditors that paid a $62,602 debt owed to a mortgagee over forty-seven months. The mortgagee filed an objection to confirmation of the debtor's plan and moved for relief from the automatic stay. The court held a hearing on the mortgagee's objection.
Ruling: 
Debtor could pay off deceased mother's reverse mortgage in installments through plan.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 15,2013, LexisNexis #0413-099

White v. Magellanes (In re Magellanes)

This case came before the court for trial on the adversary proceeding filed by creditors against defendant debtor seeking a ruling that the balance of $19,443 owed on a prepetition judgment in the original amount of $30,000 was excepted from discharge pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 523(a)(2)(A).
Ruling: 
Judgment debt was discharged in absence of false representation which could have led to creditor's loss.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 01,2013, LexisNexis #0413-012

Friolo v. Frankel (In re Frankel)

Movant sought relief from the automatic stay under 11 U.S.C.S. § 362(d) to allow the Court of Appeals of Maryland to resolve a pending appeal against the debtor. The movant filed an adversary proceeding against the debtor under 11 U.S.C.S. § 523(a)(6), alleging that the judgment should be excepted from discharge because it arose from a willful and malicious injury.
Ruling: 
Relief from stay granted in order to allow resolution of appeal with possible collateral estoppel effect on nondischargeability proceeding.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 25,2013, LexisNexis #0213-074

Carrollan Gardens Condo. Assn v. Khan (In re Khan)

Ruling: 
Condominium association entitled to relief from stay to collect postpetition obligations.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 06,2013, LexisNexis #0114-109

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