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Bernhard, In re

Ruling: 
Debtor was ineligible to be a chapter 13 debtor as his liquidated unsecured debt exceeded the limit after adding a guaranty that was deemed liquidated. (Bankr. E.D. Wis.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 03,2018, LexisNexis #0918-032

Harris, In re--United States DOL v. Harris

Ruling: 
Debtor committed defalcation when he chose to use plan assets to pay himself and other corporate expenses instead of remitting those assets to the employees' health insurance plan. (8th Cir.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 03,2018, LexisNexis #0918-048

D'Arata, In re

Ruling: 
Counsel ordered to return fee he charged debtor as he failed provide adequate representation at the debtor's § 341 meetings. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 03,2018, LexisNexis #0918-034

Evans, In re--Heath v. Evans

Ruling: 
Court ruled that trustee could not avoid the prepetition transfer of real properties from debtor to defendant as trustee failed to raise requisite factual questions on his actual and constructive fraud claims. (Bankr. D. Guam)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 03,2018, LexisNexis #0918-054

Ogalin, In re--Ogalin v. The Cadle Co.

Ruling: 
Plaintiff was entitled to avoid the fixing of the judicial liens on her interest in the property because the judicial liens impaired the plaintiff's homestead exemption. (Bankr. D. Conn.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 02,2018, LexisNexis #0918-044

Immel, In re

Ruling: 
Objection to the lien-avoidance provision of the plan sustained where Wisconsin law prohibited avoidance of a consensual lien on property. (Bankr. E.D. Wis.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 02,2018, LexisNexis #0918-045

Anderson, In re--Anderson Tooling, Inc. v. Anderson

Ruling: 
Debt was nondischargeable where court found that debtor's motive was to inflict injury when he intentionally and improperly interfered with business relationships. (Bankr. E.D. Wis.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 02,2018, LexisNexis #0918-051

Rivera, In re--Wiscovitch v. Banco Popular De P.R.

Ruling: 
Bank's security interest was unavoidable where debtor's savings account was subject to the bank's lien because the bank had a perfected security interest in the debtor's savings account. (Bankr. D.P.R.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 02,2018, LexisNexis #0918-053

Gracia, In re

Ruling: 
Confirmation of the debtor's plan denied as basic facts were too unsettled and court could not assess whether debtor has proposed her plan in good faith. (Bankr. N.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 02,2018, LexisNexis #0918-057

MB Indus., L.L.C., In re--Dooley v. MB Indus., L.L.C.

Ruling: 
Confirmed plan was binding as plan specifically dictated any claims resulting from the promissory note would be subordinated to all other general unsecured creditors and the insiders had not objected to the plan. (Bankr. W.D. La.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on August 01,2018, LexisNexis #0918-042

Minix, In re--Stone v. Minix

Ruling: 
Unlawful detainer action remanded to the state court as there was no connection between the removed state court action and the bankruptcy case. (Bankr. C.D. Cal.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 01,2018, LexisNexis #0918-059

West, In re--Boggs v. West

Ruling: 
State court judgment against debtor was nondischargeable where his actions against plaintiff were willful and malicious and he was found liable for the intentional torts of assault and battery. (Bankr. N.D. W. Va.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 01,2018, LexisNexis #0918-050

Coder Foundry, LLC, In re

Ruling: 
State court derivative action was not a violation of the automatic stay as neither of the claims asserted in the derivative action were property of the bankruptcy estate. (Bankr. M.D.N.C.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on August 01,2018, LexisNexis #0918-037

Leeds, In re

Ruling: 
Motion to retroactively annul the automatic stay was denied as trustee breached his fiduciary duty to debtor's bankruptcy estate, service of the motion was insufficient, and the doctrine of unclean hands warranted denial of retroactive relief. (Bankr. D. Nev.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 01,2018, LexisNexis #0918-038

Katsiroumbas, In re--Suits v. Katsiroumbas

Ruling: 
Discharge was denied as documentary evidence produced by debtor was contradictory and incomplete, and thus insufficient to allow assessment of his financial condition, and testimony did not adequately resolve the ambiguities. (Bankr. N.D.N.Y.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 01,2018, LexisNexis #0918-055

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