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In re Lowery

Eight years after a bankruptcy debtor was granted a discharge and her case was closed, the debtor moved to reopen the case pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 350(b) in order to schedule a previously undisclosed personal injury claim for administration in the case.
Ruling: 
Bankruptcy court declined to reopen case to administer debtor's previously concealed personal injury claim.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 31,2008, LexisNexis #0209-026

In re XO Communs. Inc.

On remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the court was directed to clarify its determination, pursuant to 11 U.S.C.S. § 330(a), of the transaction fee awarded to a financial advisor for its services as restructuring financial advisor to a chapter 11 debtor.
Ruling: 
Chapter 11 debtor's financial advisor awarded additional fees for restructuring of unsecured debt.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on December 12,2008, LexisNexis #0109-065

In re Almonte

Debtor filed a petition under chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, and a trustee was appointed to represent the bankruptcy estate. The trustee filed an objection to confirmation of the debtor's chapter 13 plan, arguing, inter alia, that the plan could not be confirmed under 11 U.S.C.S. § 1325 because the debtor did not include credit card cash advances he received before he declared bankruptcy as part of his current monthly income (CMI).
Ruling: 
Credit card cash advances did not need to be included in projected disposable income calculation.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 08,2008, LexisNexis #0109-063

In re St. Vincents Catholic Med. Ctrs.

The post-effective date debtors, medical centers, moved for an order to establish procedures for determining covered person status for certain defendants in medical malpractice actions, and moved to enforce the automatic stay under 11 U.S.C.S. § 362, and plan injunction under 11 U.S.C.S. § 524(e), with respect to those defendants, who were non-debtor doctors and others employed by the debtors.
Ruling: 
Motion to enforce stay in favor of non-debtor third party medical malpractice defendants denied.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on December 04,2008, LexisNexis #0209-066

In re Moreo

Plaintiff creditor filed an adversary proceeding against defendants, debtors, to deny the debtors their discharge under 11 U.S.C.S. §§ 727(a)(2)(A), 727(a)(3), 727(a)(4)(A), and 727(a)(5). The parties field cross-motions for summary judgment on the § 727(a)(3) and § 727(a)(4)(A) causes of actions.
Ruling: 
Failure of financially unsophisticated debtor to keep adequate business records was not grounds for denial of discharge.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 01,2008, LexisNexis #0109-055

In re Lehman Bros. Inc.

Certain former employees of the debtor who were participants under and who had unspecified claims for compensation and other relief arising with respect to deferred compensation plans moved for discovery pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2004 for a list of all participants in the debtor's deferred compensation plans.
Ruling: 
Debtor's former employees' motion for discovery of list of participants in deferral compensation plan granted.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on November 26,2008, LexisNexis #0209-132

In re Payroll Express Corp.

Several judgment creditors assigned their money judgment against two individual chapter 11 debtors to an assignee. The assignee thereafter filed an application in the court, seeking to enforce the judgment against the unclaimed dividends remaining in the bankruptcy estate of a chapter 11 corporate debtor. The assignee claimed the corporate debtor and the individual debtors were alter egos.
Ruling: 
Unclaimed dividends could not be used to satisfy judgment where corporate debtor's case had been dismissed without plan confirmation.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on November 24,2008, LexisNexis #0209-065

In re Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc.

Debtor airline filed a motion under 11 U.S.C.S. § 1113 for authority to reject its collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with three groups of its employees, all of whom were represented as their bargaining agent by the Teamsters Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (the union).
Ruling: 
Airline authorized to reject collective bargaining agreements.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on November 14,2008, LexisNexis #0909-018

In re New Rochelle Tel. Corp.

Before the court were two motions which were procedurally consolidated. The first was a motion filed by the debtor seeking, inter alia, to determine that, because creditor was a utility which entered into an executory contract with the debtor prior to bankruptcy, the parties' rights and obligations were governed by 11 U.S.C.S. § 365 and not 11 U.S.C.S. § 366. The second motion was the creditor's motion to convert the case to a chapter 7.
Ruling: 
Prepetition service agreement with utility was entitled to applicable protection and could not be treated as an executory contract.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on November 13,2008, LexisNexis #0109-008

Joremi Enters. v. Hershkowitz (In re New 118th LLC)

Plaintiff investors brought an action in state court against defendants: debtor, three individuals, et al. After that court ordered relief against the affiliated debtors, plaintiffs removed the action to district court which referred it to the instant court. Plaintiffs assigned the proceeds of their claims to debtors'estates, and filed an amended complaint, which dropped all defendants other than the individuals, one of which moved to remand.
Ruling: 
Guarantee dispute remanded pursuant to mandatory abstention once established that the matter would not affect administration.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on November 13,2008, LexisNexis #1208-091

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