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Luithle, In re

Ruling: 
Divorce decree that required the debtor to maintain certain life insurance with his ex-wife listed as the beneficiary was nondischargeable as it was an obligation in the nature of support and alimony. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 10,2019, LexisNexis #0219-033

Painter, In re

Ruling: 
Debtor may claim as exempt monies held in an IRA to the extent that those funds were in a fund or account that was exempt from taxation. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 05,2018, LexisNexis #0119-093

Hanna, In re--Hanna v. Compass Bank

Ruling: 
Case dismissed as it did not significantly have an effect on the efficient administration of debtor's chapter 13 estate. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 13,2018, LexisNexis #0119-108

Ahmadi, In re

Ruling: 
Failure of the attorney to properly advise debtor of the fees incurred during the prosecution ofhis case justified a lodestar downward adjustment. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 10,2018, LexisNexis #0119-066

Carter, In re--Nat'l Diversity Council v. Carter

Ruling: 
Debt deemed nondischargeable as debtor intentionally deceived creditor in an effort to usurpbusiness opportunities belonging to creditor for her own personal gain. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on November 19,2018, LexisNexis #0119-011

Oluyemisi Omokafe Okedokun, In re--Elbar Investments, Inc. v. Oluyemisi Omokafe Okedokun

Ruling: 
Plaintiff proved the elements of its Texas Theft Liability Act (TTLA) claim and was entitledto recover reasonable attorneys' fees and costs it expended in prosecuting that particularclaim. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on November 06,2018, LexisNexis #1218-062

Santillan, In re

Ruling: 
Overpayment credited to balance owed under modified chapter 13 plan where the modification was retroactively effective as of the date it was filed. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 26,2018, LexisNexis #1118-057

Northstar Offshore Grp., LLC, In re

Ruling: 
Creditor's motion for leave to late-file proof of claim granted as it demonstrated sufficient reason for its delay in filing its proof of claim. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on September 14,2018, LexisNexis #1018-119

Flores, In re--United Leasing, Inc. v. Flores

Ruling: 
Court excepted debt from discharge as the debtor's personal financial statement containedsubstantial inaccuracies that creditor relied when it made a credit decision. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 06,2018, LexisNexis #1018-073

Guevara, In re

Ruling: 
Motion for retroactive relief from stay granted where purchaser's lack of notice regardingdebtor's bankruptcy and payment of taxes consistent with the duties of a property owner bothweighed in favor of retroactive annulment of the automatic stay. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 31,2018, LexisNexis #1018-066

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