Cadles of Grassy Meadows II LLC v. Guthrie (In re Guthrie)

Ruling: 
Judgment for increased litigation costs and attorneys' fees was nondischargeable due to collateral estoppel on issue of willful and malicious conduct.
Procedural posture: 
After recovering a state court judgment against defendant debtor that debtor was liable to plaintiff creditor for increased litigation costs and attorneys fees totaling $15,663, plaintiff creditor filed an adversary proceeding for a judgment that the obligation was nondischargeable per 11 U.S.C.S. § 523(a)(6) in debtor's chapter 7 case. At issue was whether Alabama's law of collateral estoppel applied to foreclose relitigation of that issue here.
Issue: 
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 20,2013, LexisNexis #0413-053