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Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC, In re

Ruling: 
Motion for summary judgment to disallow trustee's claim objections granted where trustee failed to allege that trust company itself committed inequitable conduct worthy of equitable subordination. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on February 12,2018, LexisNexis #0318-099

Pioneer Carriers, LLC, In re

Ruling: 
Court ruled that an undersecured creditor who elects the application of § 1111(b) is entitledto its post-petition attorneys' fees as part of its secured claim. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on February 08,2018, LexisNexis #0318-080

Castex Energy Partners, LP, In re--Apache Corp. v. Castex Offshore, Inc.

Ruling: 
Mandatory abstention was appropriate as debtor's counterclaim was non-core and courtlacked authority to adjudicate it absent the parties' consent. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on February 01,2018, LexisNexis #0318-058

Ali, In re--Lee v. Ali

Ruling: 
Debtor remained liable for discovery violations that fell within the willful and maliciousdischarge exception despite her bankruptcy filing. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 30,2018, LexisNexis #0318-045

Mem'l Prod. Partners LP, In re--Beta Operating Co., LLC v. Aera Energy, LLC

Ruling: 
Substitution of surety bonds for the cash within a trust did not result in an impairment of previous owners' interests under the plan. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on January 19,2018, LexisNexis #0218-112

Offshore Specialty Fabricators, LLC, In re

Ruling: 
Court's estimation of debtor's unliquidated claim was appropriate and necessary to provide potential bidders with information vital to the auction and administration of the bankruptcy estate. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on January 16,2018, LexisNexis #0218-094

Laffite's Harbor Dev. I, LP, In re

Ruling: 
Court denied the debtor-in-possession financing motion as testimony demonstrated that debtors did not make an effort to comply with 11 U.S.C.S. § 364(d)(1) before seeking approval of a transaction which would prime a bank's lien. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on January 02,2018, LexisNexis #0218-036

9 Houston LLC, In re

Ruling: 
Court granted debtor's emergency motion to sell acres of land free and clear of all liens and claims as debtor met its burden to show that the proposed sale of the property was in the best interests of the estate. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on December 20,2017, LexisNexis #0118-093

Wright, In re--Wright v. Csabi

Ruling: 
Court found that two attorneys representing the chapter 13 debtor violated the law by notseeking the Court's approval for their employment despite its requirement. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 01,2017, LexisNexis #0118-003

Koukhtiev, In re--Hiner v. Koukhtiev

Ruling: 
Debt was nondischargeable where debtor willfully and maliciously injured the creditor by selling the program developed by the creditor to third parties without creditor's permission. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on November 17,2017, LexisNexis #1217-102

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