Eastern District

In re Ripberger

Ruling: 
Debtor's former spouse lacked cause for lifting of stay following final divorce decree.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on October 28,2014, LexisNexis #1114-080

Crocker v. Stiff (In re Stiff)

Ruling: 
Failures to keep records for ordinary living expenses or 40-interest syndicate for stallion were not grounds for denial of discharge.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on October 03,2014, LexisNexis #1014-134

Spradlin v. Beads & Steeds Inns LLC (In re Howland)

Ruling: 
Trustee could not prevail on fraudulent transfer claim using "reverse veil piercing theory."
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 22,2014, LexisNexis #0914-094

Liquidating Tr. of the Appalachian Fuels Liquidating Trust v. Energy Coal Res. (In re Appalachian Fuels)

Ruling: 
Debtor subsidiary's estate did not have a claim against directors of parent corporation for breach of fiduciary duty.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on August 20,2014, LexisNexis #0914-092

In re Trinity Coal Corp.

Ruling: 
Debtor could not reject easement and disposal agreements that could not be severed from property exchange transaction.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on July 31,2014, LexisNexis #0814-116

Lyon v. Coates (In re Coates)

Ruling: 
Discharge denied due to debtor's failure to disclose assets which he used for his own benefit.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 13,2014, LexisNexis #0714-098

In re Biery

Ruling: 
Contempt proceeding for systemic violations of discharge injunction could be brought as a class proceeding.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on April 14,2014, LexisNexis #0514-070

Higgason v. Stanley (In re Earnest)

Ruling: 
Summary judgment granted in favor of debtor and sister in avoidance proceeding as debtor's granting of mortgage to sister was for reasonably equivalent value.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 18,2014, LexisNexis #0314-058

In re AppleIllinois LLC

Ruling: 
Franchisor not allowed to recover attorneys' fees received in debtor's assumption and assignment of franchise agreement.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on January 24,2014, LexisNexis #0214-077

Merv Props. LLC v. Fifth Third Bank (In re Merv Props. LLC)

Ruling: 
Withdrawal of reference properly denied where claims could most efficiently be adjudicated in bankruptcy court.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on January 17,2014, LexisNexis #0714-027

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