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Norbeck, In re

Ruling: 
Court disallowed the attorneys' fees asserted as it saw no reason why the payment changenotice could not have been prepared and filed by the mortgagee thus rendering the fee noticeas unnecessary. (Bankr. W.D. Mich.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 15,2021, LexisNexis #0821-025

Beach, In re--MegaForce, L.L.C. v. Beach

Ruling: 
Creditor's obligation for staffing services to debtor's company was not excepted fromdischarge as creditor did not prove that it deferred collection because of false pretenses andrepresentations or actual fraud. (Bankr. D. Kan.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 15,2021, LexisNexis #0821-011

Kassas, In re--Kassas v. State Bar of Cal.

Ruling: 
Reimbursement owed by debtor to state bar client security fund for debtor's misconduct whilepracticing law was a fine payable to a governmental unit. (Bankr. C.D. Cal.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 14,2021, LexisNexis #0821-014

Kessler, In re--Hagan v. Kessler

Ruling: 
Debtor was denied a discharge as she recorded a mortgage on her property with her husbandas mortgagee and operating as a company that had been out of business for more than 20years. (Bankr. N.D. Ala.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 14,2021, LexisNexis #0821-017

Williams, In re

Ruling: 
Confirmation of proposed Chapter 13 plan was denied where plan violated theantimodification provision by modifying creditor's claim secured only by her residence.(Bankr. D.S.C.)
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Court: Judge or Jurisdiction information not available
Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 14,2021, LexisNexis #0821-022

Skyline Ridge, LLC, In re

Ruling: 
Creditor granted an administrative expense claim because it provided a confirmable plan ofreorganization and a settlement that was a funding source for the plan. (Bankr. D. Ariz.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 14,2021, LexisNexis #0821-008

McConathy, In re

Ruling: 
Moving parties were not entitled to have the stay lifted because they failed to make a showingof "cause" and in order to avoid risk of inconsistent rulings, it was necessary for thebankruptcy court to exercise its exclusive jurisdiction. (Bankr. W.D. La.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 11,2021, LexisNexis #0721-079

Better Than Logs, Inc., In re--Concrete Log Sys. v. Better Than Logs, Inc.

Ruling: 
Debt was excepted from discharge as it arose from a willful and malicious injury committedby debtor. (Bankr. D. Mont.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 11,2021, LexisNexis #0721-086

Brittner, In re--Brittner v. Beach Anesthesia, LLC

Ruling: 
Chapter 7 debtor was not entitled to recover for a creditor's alleged violation of the automaticstay as she failed to establish damages. (Bankr. D.S.C.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 10,2021, LexisNexis #0721-080

Kimball Hill, Inc., In re

Ruling: 
Supplemental damages motion denied where court found that the request was inappropriategiven pending appeal. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 10,2021, LexisNexis #0721-096

Elias, In re

Ruling: 
Court exercised its discretion to deny debtor's motion for waiver because her appeal from anorder overruling her objection to a sale motion lacked merit. (Bankr. D. Idaho)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 10,2021, LexisNexis #0721-098

Hunanyan, In re

Ruling: 
Trustee's employment of accountants was approved from the date work was commenced ascourt had explicit authority to approve employment application without resorting to equitableprinciples or issuing nunc pro tunc orders. (Bankr. C.D. Cal.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 10,2021, LexisNexis #0721-076

Seaboard Hotel Mbr. Assocs., LLC, In re--NCA Inv'rs Liquidating Trust v. Berkowitz, Trager & Trager, LLC

Ruling: 
Avoidance action could proceed against a transactional law firm as the plan specificallypreserved all causes of action against law firms. (Bankr. D. Del.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 10,2021, LexisNexis #0721-093

Smith, In re--Smith v. U.S. Bank N.A.

Ruling: 
Court ruled that district court abused its discretion when it held that the bankruptcy courtcould reinstate debtor's Chapter 13 case where debtor had moved to dismiss. (6th Cir.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 09,2021, LexisNexis #0721-095

Banfi, In re

Ruling: 
Reconsideration of order permitting avoidance of lien was warranted due to the SecondCircuit’s clarification of the term "residence." (Bankr. E.D.N.Y.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 09,2021, LexisNexis #0721-083

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