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In re Cabrera-Mejia

The court issued an order to show cause why a law firm should not be subjected to sanctions for filing motions seeking relief from the automatic stay that was imposed after various debtors filed petitions under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Ruling: 
Law firm sanctioned for filing and then withdrawing numerous requests for relief from stay without conducting proper investigation into basis for motions.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 23,2008, LexisNexis #0309-094

In re Vargas

The movant, which was apparently not the mortgagee of record, sought relief from the automatic stay to proceed on the foreclosure of the promissory note and mortgage. The debtor asserted that the promissory note in issue was a forgery and not a valid instrument.
Ruling: 
Law firm sanctioned for bringing motion for relief from stay to foreclose without evidentiary support.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on October 22,2008, LexisNexis #0209-135

In re Brooks-Hamilton

Upon remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals from the Ninth Circuit, the court reconsidered its order suspending an attorney for his conduct in a bankruptcy case.
Ruling: 
Bankruptcy court reaffirmed six month suspension of attorney for misconduct on remand.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 02,2008, LexisNexis #1108-068

In re Martinez

The debtors filed for relief under chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. In their schedules, the debtors listed a principal residence and two rental properties. A chapter 13 trustee filed an opposition to confirmation of the debtors' plan and recommended their case for dismissal based on ineligibility under 11 U.S.C.S. § 109(e).
Ruling: 
Creditor's attorney sanctioned for refusing to cooperate with correction of erroneous stipulation.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 01,2008, LexisNexis #1008-054

Keenan v. Pyle (In re Keenan)

Appellant debtors challenged the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California's award of sanctions against them.
Ruling: 
Debtors and attorney sanctioned for filing over 60 unsupported appellate proceedings against trustee and counsel.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 30,2008, LexisNexis #0208-090

In re Josephson

Debtors, a husband and wife, filed a petition under chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. After the court confirmed the debtors' plan for repaying their creditors and an amendment to that plan, their attorney filed an addendum to the amended plan. The chapter 13 trustee opposed confirmation of the addendum and filed a motion seeking an order requiring the debtors'attorney to show cause why he should not be sanctioned.
Ruling: 
Debtor's attorney sanctioned for electronic filing of amended plan without consent of both debtors.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 09,2008, LexisNexis #0308035