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Shack, In re--JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Shack

Ruling: 
Relief from stay to complete foreclosure granted as the lender had not received any paymentin more than ten years and the property was not necessary for an effective reorganization.(Bankr. D. Conn.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 08,2021, LexisNexis #0421-079

Hollister, In re

Ruling: 
Financing sought by debtor to be secured by priming lien that would put second lienholder inthird position denied. (Bankr. C.D. Cal.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 08,2021, LexisNexis #0421-080

Navient Sols., LLC, In re

Ruling: 
Involuntary bankruptcy petition dismissed as filed in bad faith as numerous lawsuits werepending between petitioning creditors and debtor. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on March 08,2021, LexisNexis #0421-051

Alderman, In re

Ruling: 
Damages, but not attorneys' fees, awarded by the state court, were nondischargeable astraceable to defendants' willful and malicious conduct. (Bankr. D.N.M.)
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Court: Judge or Jurisdiction information not available
Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 08,2021, LexisNexis #0421-086

Berry, In re--Berry v. Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC

Ruling: 
Relief for alleged violations of discharge injunction denied. (Bankr. W.D. Tenn.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 08,2021, LexisNexis #0421-087

Roman Catholic Diocese, In re--Roman Catholic Diocese v. LG 35 Doe

Ruling: 
Six state court actions stayed as ongoing state court litigation would continue to diminish theestate's shared insurance resources. (Bankr. N.D.N.Y.)
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Court: Judge or Jurisdiction information not available
Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on March 05,2021, LexisNexis #0421-056

Ritter, In re

Ruling: 
Debtors were not entitled to an immediate COVID-19 discharge despite stipulation totemporarily suspend plan payments due to decrease in income. (Bankr. C.D. Cal.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 05,2021, LexisNexis #0421-072

Hardman, In re

Ruling: 
Creditor was not entitled to stay relief as there was insufficient evidence to determine that thetruck was not necessary to an effective reorganization even if debtor had no equity in thetruck. (Bankr. D. Utah)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 05,2021, LexisNexis #0421-058

Ganske, In re

Ruling: 
Debtors could not assume contract that was properly terminated before debtors' bankruptcywas filed. (Bankr. E.D. Wis.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 05,2021, LexisNexis #0421-059

Chapman, In re--Curtis v. Chapman Family Trust

Ruling: 
Debtor's stepchildren qualified as non-statutory insiders for purposes of preferential transferproceeding. (Bankr. S.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 05,2021, LexisNexis #0421-068

Cmty. Home Fin. Servs., In re--Edwards Family P'ship v. Johnson

Ruling: 
District court erred in vacating the bankruptcy court's fee award as it improperly assessed thebenefit of counsel's services to the estate. (5th Cir.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on March 05,2021, LexisNexis #0421-054

Short, In re--Telos Ventures Grp., PLLC v. Short

Ruling: 
Debtor's actions in filing an excess of meritless pleadings constituted a deliberate andintentional act taken with the subjective intent to cause plaintiffs injury resulting innondischargeable debt. (Bankr. D. Utah)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 04,2021, LexisNexis #0421-042

Wortham-Thomas, In re--Wattley v. Wortham-Thomas

Ruling: 
Debtors' continuing prosecution of counterclaims in adversary proceeding that were propertyof the estate would violate the automatic stay. (Bankr. E.D. Mich.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 04,2021, LexisNexis #0421-030

Barwick, In re--Gerlich v. Barwick

Ruling: 
Judgments based on debtor's actions of stalking and assaulting creditor for no apparent reasonestablished the requisite malice for nondischargeable debt. (Bankr. W.D. Okla.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 04,2021, LexisNexis #0421-065

ESA Graceland, LLC, In re

Ruling: 
Debtor's law firm entitled to compensation and reimbursement of fees because the law firmheld a valid, enforceable security interest in a pre-petition retainer. (Bankr. W.D. Tenn.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on March 04,2021, LexisNexis #0421-052

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