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In re Spokane Country Club

Ruling: 
Plan including sale of assets to Native American tribe free and clear confirmed. (Bankr. E.D.Wash.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on September 20,2016, LexisNexis #1016-042

Hendrickson v. HW Partners LLC (In re HW Partners LLC)

Ruling: 
UCC personal property rules controlled priority dispute over proceeds of sale of debtor's assets.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on September 12,2013, LexisNexis #1013-005

In re Vanderhouwen

Debtor filed a petition under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, and a trustee was appointed to administer the debtor's bankruptcy estate. The trustee liquidated the estate's assets and filed a motion for authorization to make final disbursement of $ 436,000 he held for the estate. The debtor objected, challenging the trustee's proposal to distribute funds to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to use the funds to pay his own fee.
Ruling: 
Final disbursement including payment of IRS and trustee's own fees approved.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 15,2010, LexisNexis #0310-069

U.S. Bank v. Franklin (In re Franklin)

Plaintiff bank filed an adversary proceeding against defendant chapter 7 debtors, objecting to the discharge of a portion of credit card debt the debtors owed to the bank. The bank asserted that a portion of the debt was nondischargeable debt based on 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2) and (a)(6) and sought declaratory relief for breach of contract. The court conducted a trial.
Ruling: 
Credit card debt was nondischargeable due to actual fraud on part of debtors.
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Hodges v. Armada (In re Hodges)

Plaintiffs, debtors, filed an adversary proceeding against defendant collection agency contending the agency's action violated the discharge injunction and provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA"). The agency attempted to collect a debt for legal fees allegedly owed to the law firm that represented the debtors in their chapter 7 bankruptcy case.
Ruling: 
Collection agency violated discharge injunction by attempting to collect a debt that was discharged.
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