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In re Burkhart

Ruling: 
Reasonable attorneys' fees but not punitive damages awarded for stay violation.
Procedural posture: 
In a previous order, the court found that a creditor willfully violated the automatic stay imposed by a debtor's chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding. The court held an evidentiary hearing on the issue of whether the debtor was entitled to an award of actual and punitive damages pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 362(k). On its own motion, the court considered the imposition of sanctions on the debtor's attorney for violation of a scheduling order.
Issue: 
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 09,2010, LexisNexis #0410-045