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In re Duncan & Forbes Dev. Inc.

A creditor moved for relief from the automatic bankruptcy stay pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 362(d)(4), alleging that a transfer of real property from a principal of a corporate bankruptcy debtor to the debtor constituted a scheme to hinder, delay, and defraud the creditor which was secured by the property.
Ruling: 
Prepetition transfer of property subject to delinquent loan from debtor's principal to debtor was not part of a scheme to hinder and delay creditor.
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Comcast of L.A. Inc. v. Sandoval (In re Sandoval)

Plaintiff creditor, a cable television provider, sought a determination that its claim for statutory damages resulting from defendant debtor's alleged violations of anti-piracy and anti- signal theft laws under Cal. Penal Code § 593d was a nondischargeable debt under 11 U.S.C. § 523. The matter was before the court for decision following trial for the creditor to make a prima facie case that the debt was owing and that it was nondischargeable.
Ruling: 
Claim for statutory damages from debtor's alleged theft of cable services was deemed dischargeable debt.
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In re Artimm S.r.l.

An Italian bankruptcy trustee filed an ancillary proceeding under former 11 U.S.C. § 304 to avert a default judgment against the debtor in a California case filed by the debtor's former executive. Bankruptcy court approval was sought for a proposed settlement agreement entered into by the debtor and a movie studio; the executive and a movie producer opposed the settlement's provision for the transfer of funds to the trustee in Rome.
Ruling: 
Settlement was approved and settlement funds were directed to Italian bankruptcy court to assure an economical and expeditious administration of the estate.
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