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PG&E Corp., In re

Ruling: 
Debtors’ and shareholders’ joint Chapter 11 plan for complex cases filed in wake of wildfire damage claims confirmed. (Bankr. N.D. Cal.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 17,2020, LexisNexis #0720-096

Belton, In re--Belton v. GE Capital Retail Bank

Ruling: 
Proceeding for violation of the discharge order was not an arbitrable dispute. (2d Cir.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 16,2020, LexisNexis #0720-087

Ladosenszky, In re--Cowan v. Ladosenszky

Ruling: 
Amount of debt to former spouse previously agreed to be nondischargeable should properly be determined by the state divorce court.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 16,2020, LexisNexis #0720-085

Homestead at Whitefish LLC, In re

Ruling: 
Court dismissed complaint alleging causes of action that were in violation of confirmed Chapter 11 plan. (Bankr. D. Mont.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 15,2020, LexisNexis #0720-098

Lehman Bros., In re--Lehman Bros. v. Giddens

Ruling: 
Contributions to “top hat” deferred compensation plan were not excluded from debtor’s bankruptcy estate. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 15,2020, LexisNexis #0720-091

Arzate, In re--Mashburn v. Arzate

Ruling: 
Trustee was entitled to avoid post-petition transfer where trustee demonstrated bona fide purchaser status. (Bankr. W.D. Okla.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 15,2020, LexisNexis #0720-092

Williams, In re

Ruling: 
Agreement for nondischargeability of debt was enforceable despite failure to submit a proposed order and judgment prior to discharge due to onset of COVID-19 epidemic. (Bankr. M.D. La.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 15,2020, LexisNexis #0720-083

Axline, In re

Ruling: 
Chapter 13 plan confirmation was denied because it failed the means test as to the IRS National and Local Standards of reasonableness and necessity. (Bankr. N.D. Tex.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 15,2020, LexisNexis #0720-099

Speer, In re--Seaport Capital Partners, LLC v. Speer

Ruling: 
Sanctions against debtor for alleged violation of order prohibiting use of cash collateral order denied absent evidence. (Bankr. D. Conn.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 12,2020, LexisNexis #0720-078

Joe's Friendly Serv. & Son, Inc., In re--Bethpage Fed. Credit Union v. Town of Huntington

Ruling: 
Adversary proceeding alleging malfeasance in bankruptcy court-ordered sale was a core proceeding. (Bankr. E.D.N.Y.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 11,2020, LexisNexis #0720-079

Romero, In re--Chavez v. Romero

Ruling: 
State court judgment debt based on damages to plaintiff's rental house was nondischargeable as debtor willfully and maliciously damaged it. (Bankr. D.N.M.)
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 11,2020, LexisNexis #0720-086

Pixius Communs., LLC, In re--WISPer Ventures Leasing, LLC v. Pixius Communs. LLC

Ruling: 
Court declined to exercise permissive abstention where factors for exercising permissive abstention weighed in favor of retaining the proceeding and resolving the disputes in the bankruptcy forum. (Bankr. D. Kan.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 11,2020, LexisNexis #0720-100

Nat'l Emergency Med. Ass’n, In re

Ruling: 
Trustee was not entitled to commission on surplus funds distributed to nonprofit entitiesdeemed to stand in the shoes of the dissolved debtor. (Bankr. D. Ariz.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 11,2020, LexisNexis #0720-051

Penland Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., In re

Ruling: 
Application to employ attorney filed by Subchapter V trustee was denied as there was noshowing that it was warranted. (Bankr. E.D.N.C.)
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on June 11,2020, LexisNexis #0720-070

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