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Direct Capital Corp. v. Steele (In re Steele)

Ruling: 
Debtors' personal guarantee of financing of their company was dischargeable in absence of false representations or omissions.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on April 11,2016, LexisNexis #0516-015

Indiana Dept of Workforce Dev. v. Coulter (In re Coulter)

Ruling: 
Agency's claim for statutory penalties arising from unemployment repayment obligations was nondischargeable.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on April 08,2016, LexisNexis #0516-016

Smith v. Montgomery (In re Montgomery)

Ruling: 
Willful and malicious injury exception to discharge did not apply to a chapter 13 full- compliance discharge.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on April 28,2015, LexisNexis #0515-132

Buck v. Titzer (In re Titzer)

Ruling: 
Hold harmless obligation under divorce decree was nondischargeable.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on November 06,2013, LexisNexis #1213-053

In re Canniff

Ruling: 
Social Security payments for benefit of debtors' child properly excluded from disposable income calculation.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 19,2013, LexisNexis #1013-028

St. Catherine Hosp. of Ind. v. Ind. Family & Soc. Servs. Admin. (In re St. Catherine Hosp. of Ind.)

Ruling: 
Debtor could recover prepetition withholdings for hospital assessment fee for the benefit of the estate.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on September 19,2013, LexisNexis #0314-125

Daniel v. Wheeler County State Bank (In re Daniel)

Plaintiff chapter 13 debtor filed a complaint against defendant, her former employer, alleging that the employer discriminated against her in violation of 11 U.S.C.S. § 525(b) by terminating her employment because of her bankruptcy filing. The employer moved for summary judgment.
Ruling: 
Employer who fired debtor after being informed by debtor of bankruptcy but prior to actual filing of petition, was not liable for discrimination on account of bankruptcy.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on May 04,2012, LexisNexis #0612-120

Murphy Oil USA Inc. v. Baker (In re Baker)

Plaintiff oil company filed an adversary proceeding against defendant Chapter 7 debtor, seeking a determination that the debtor owed the company a debt that was nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C.S. § 523(a)(2), (a)(4), or (a)(6). The court consolidated the company's action with an adversary proceeding the company filed against the debtor's wife in her bankruptcy case and tried the cases together.
Ruling: 
Portion of debt representing converted property was nondischargeable against debtor but not against debtor spouse who lacked knowledge of debtor's actions.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 29,2011, LexisNexis #1111-012

In re Grinkmeyer

United States Trustee (UST) filed a motion to dismiss the debtors' chapter 7 case pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 707(b)(1), (2), and (3).
Ruling: 
Chapter 7 case ordered converted or dismissed due to totality of circumstances, including excessive housing expense.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on July 29,2011, LexisNexis #0911-020

In re Fritch

Plaintiff Chapter 7 trustee filed a motion for summary judgment on its claim against defendant debtor for turnover of estate assets pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 542(a). The debtor filed a cross-motion for summary judgment.
Ruling: 
Debtor's interest in prenuptial agreement was property of the estate.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 03,2011, LexisNexis #0711-051

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