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Vanhorn, In re--Upper Explorerland Reg'l Planning Comm'n v. Vanhorn

Ruling: 
Creditor was not entitled to summary judgment that his claim was nondischargeable ongrounds of willful and malicious injury as he did not show that debtor intended to causeplaintiff financial harm. (Bankr. N.D. Iowa)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 25,2021, LexisNexis #0421-009

McLachlan, In re

Ruling: 
Motion to extend automatic stay was denied because of debtor's bad faith due to recklessgambling, nonperformance in previous cases and repetitive filings which demonstrated anabuse to the provisions. (Bankr. N.D. Iowa)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 25,2021, LexisNexis #0421-003

Sutter, In re

Ruling: 
Debtor could avoid partial lien on second property by using available exemptions to producean artificial impairment. (Bankr. N.D. Ohio)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 25,2021, LexisNexis #0421-036

Crowe, In re

Ruling: 
Creditor was granted limited relief from the automatic stay to allow state court action toproceed for the sole purpose of liquidating the pre-petition claim. (Bankr. D. Ariz.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 25,2021, LexisNexis #0421-005

Destileria Nacional Inc., In re

Ruling: 
Debtor's objection to a claim for penalties and surcharges for late-filed personal property taxeswas rejected as debtor failed to establish that a portion of the claim was administrative. (Bankr.D.P.R.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on February 25,2021, LexisNexis #0421-006

Sanchez, In re--Cooper v. Sanchez

Ruling: 
Creditor was entitled to a default judgment that debt was nondischargeable as complaintcontained sufficient factual allegations to establish a prima facie case that debt was in thenature of support and, therefore, nondischargeable. (Bankr. N.D. Ga.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 24,2021, LexisNexis #0421-008

Epperson, In re--Epperson v. Educ. Credit Mgmt. Corp.

Ruling: 
Student loan remained nondischargeable as debtor failed to demonstrate compliance with theestablished legal requirement to apply his or her income to the repayment of a student loanbefore the loan could be discharged. (Bankr. E.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 24,2021, LexisNexis #0421-010

Asbra, In re

Ruling: 
Motion to dismiss Chapter 7 case was denied as the evidence was insufficient to establish thatdebtor reduced his creditors to a single creditor pre-petition. (Bankr. S.D. Ohio)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 24,2021, LexisNexis #0421-091

Ton, In re

Ruling: 
Debtor's second amended plan of reorganization as modified was confirmed as the agreementwith creditors reflected in the Plan was fair and equitable, and in the best interests of theEstate and its respective creditors. (Bankr. E.D. La.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 24,2021, LexisNexis #0421-015

Kearney v. Unsecured Creditors Comm.

Ruling: 
Unsecured creditors committee reorganization plan did not violate 11 U.S.C. § 1129(a)(3) as theplan was not proposed by means forbidden by law nor was it proposed in bad faith. (10th Cir.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 24,2021, LexisNexis #0421-018

Moss, In re

Ruling: 
No automatic stay was in effect where debtor had multiple prior filings in the past year anddid not request that the stay extend beyond 30 days. (Bankr. D.S.C.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 24,2021, LexisNexis #0521-002

Leatherwood, In re

Ruling: 
Exception to discharge for unlisted debts ceased to apply to a creditor's judgment against adebtor who had received a discharge in a no-asset Chapter 7 case. (Bankr. E.D. Mich.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 23,2021, LexisNexis #0421-011

Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., In re

Ruling: 
Debtor diocese could employ an additional law firm to represent it in a state court actionbrought by the state attorney general. (Bankr. W.D.N.Y.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on February 23,2021, LexisNexis #0421-076

Archbishop of Agaña, In re--Agaña v. The U.S. Small Bus. Admin.

Ruling: 
Anti-discrimination provisions of the Bankruptcy Code did not apply to PPP loan guarantees.(Bankr. D. Guam)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on February 23,2021, LexisNexis #0421-045

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