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In re Fileccia

A debtor filed a motion to dismiss her chapter 7 bankruptcy case for failure to provide tax returns to the trustee, as required under 11 U.S.C. § 521(e)(2). The trustee and a creditor objected to the motion.
Ruling: 
Debtor's failure to provide tax returns required dismissal despite potential for abuse by dishonest debtor.
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XL Specialty Ins. Co. v. James River Coal Co. (In re James River Coal Co.)

Appellant sureties challenged an order from a United States bankruptcy court, which granted a summary judgment motion filed by appellees, a debtor and several of its subsidiaries, and denied the sureties'motion to reconsider the denial of their application for allowance of an administrative claim. In their application, the sureties sought allowance of the premiums accrued on certain bonds as an administrative expense under 11 U.S.C. § 503(b).
Ruling: 
Bankruptcy court did not err in finding that sureties were not entitled to administrative expense claim for premiums accrued on prepetition bonds.
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In re Joseph

The chapter 7 trustee filed a motion to approve a settlement between the debtor and his former law firm of which he was a partner. Taking into account all of the awards the law firm and the debtor owed each other, as of the petition date, the law firm owed the debtor a net amount of about $519,000. The debtor's former wife, who was also a creditor, objected to the settlement motion.
Ruling: 
Court granted trustee's motion to approve settlement since it did not fall below the lowest point in the range of reasonableness.
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