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Sarachek v. Cohen (In re Agriprocessors Inc.)

Ruling: 
Transfers to non-statutory insiders avoided as preferential.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on October 21,2013, LexisNexis #1113-057

Ballstaedt v. Curtis (In re Ballstaedt)

Ruling: 
Domestic violence injunction order was excepted from stay.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on October 21,2013, LexisNexis #1113-110

IBEW Local 231 v. Pottebaum (In re Pottebaum)

Ruling: 
Debt based on debtor's responsibility for employee withholdings under ERISA was dischargeable absent necessary state of mind for defalcation or embezzlement.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on October 09,2013, LexisNexis #1113-048

Kaler v. Slominski (In re Keeley & Grababski Land Pship)

Ruling: 
Tenant whose lease with debtor was avoided could recover cost of improvements made in good faith.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on October 07,2013, LexisNexis #1113-025

In re Civic Partners Sioux City LLC

Ruling: 
Confirmation denied on feasibility grounds due to insufficient funding.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on October 07,2013, LexisNexis #1113-031

Monk v. LSI Title Co. of Or. LLC (In re Monk)

Ruling: 
Mortgage was not discharged due to trustee's failure to properly serve objection on mortgagee.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 09,2013, LexisNexis #0913-034

In re Grover

Ruling: 
Above median debtor's case dismissed due to presumption of abuse and totality of circumstances.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 02,2013, LexisNexis #0913-025

In re Vegt

Chapter 12 debtors filed a motion for authority to use cash collateral under 11 U.S.C.S. § 363. A secured creditor filed a motion to modify the automatic stay under 11 U.S.C.S. § 362(c)(1)-(2) or alternatively dismiss the chapter 12 cases. A second secured creditor filed a motion for relief from the stay.
Ruling: 
Relief from stay granted as to chapter 12 debtor's farm property not necessary to effective reorganization.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on April 30,2013, LexisNexis #0513-074

In re Grabanski

Debtors declared chapter 11 bankruptcy and obtained permission under 11 U.S.C.S. § 327 to hire an attorney to represent them. The debtors' attorney filed three applications seeking payment of interim compensation, and after the court granted the first application but denied the second and third applications, the attorney filed a final application seeking $43,845 in attorney's fees and expenses. The court held a hearing on the application.
Ruling: 
Debtor's attorney awarded additional compensation for tasks that benefitted the estate.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on April 19,2013, LexisNexis #0513-072

In re Grabanski

Former partners with chapter 11 debtors in at least two entities relevant to the bankruptcy, filed a motion for an order to show cause and for contempt directed at the debtors' attorney.
Ruling: 
Debtor's attorney held in contempt due to nondisclosures as to compensation and reimbursement.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on April 19,2013, LexisNexis #0513-037

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