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In re Said Domi Amra

Debtor filed a petition under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, and the bankruptcy administrator filed a motion for an order requiring the debtor's attorney to show cause why he should not be sanctioned for failure to comply with the disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2016 and a motion for an order under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2017 allowing the administrator to examine the debtor's transactions with his attorney.
Ruling: 
Debtor's attorney sanctioned for violation of fee disclosure agreement.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on November 09,2010, LexisNexis #1210-065

In re Emmanuel

Debtor's former counsel represented the debtor and the estate in a wrongful death action until he was disbarred. Substitute special personal injury counsel settled the litigation, and the former counsel sought fees and expenses under a theory of quantum meruit. The substitute counsel, the chapter 7 Trustee, and the United States Trustee opposed the fee application.
Ruling: 
Fee application of debtor's disbarred former attorney for work on wrongful death action denied.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 23,2009, LexisNexis #0110-070

In re Johnson

Debtor filed a petition under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code and converted her case to one under chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code approximately two months later. A chapter 13 trustee was appointed to administer the debtor's bankruptcy case, and he filed a motion to compel the debtor's attorney to appear and explain why he not complied with the court's order requiring him to file an amended wage attachment order.
Ruling: 
Debtor's failure to pay additional attorneys' fees not previously disclosed was not grounds for attorney to ignore court order to file wage attachments.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on July 28,2009, LexisNexis #0909-070

In re Hines

A creditor filed motions for reconsideration of an opinion and order entered by the court in two chapter 13 bankruptcy cases that essentially disallowed the creditor's claims in both of the cases for force placed insurance premiums that had been assessed during the administration of the cases because the creditor had not complied with Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2016(a).
Ruling: 
Insurance company not entitled to reimbursement of necessary expenses due to failure to file required application with the court.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 18,2009, LexisNexis #0809-140

In re Rangel

Two home lenders and one servicing company filed fee applications in four chapter 13 cases in order to recover attorneys' fees that these entities paid or promised to pay a law firm for its legal services in those cases.
Ruling: 
Attorneys' fees for lenders and servicing company allowed to the extent reasonable.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on May 29,2009, LexisNexis #0709-130

In re Kowalski

Debtor's attorney filed a petition for supplemental attorney's fees and costs in the additional amount of about $7,500. The debtor and the chapter 13 trustee both filed objections, contending that the debtor had already paid the attorney $3,500 in fees and that the additional fees and costs were egregious and outside the standards in the industry and the attorney's Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2016(b) statement filed in the case.
Ruling: 
Debtor's attorney sanctioned and ordered to disgorge excessive fees.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 24,2009, LexisNexis #0509-096

In re Cowan

Attorney challenged a determination by the bankruptcy court that determined that the attorney should be suspended from the practice of law in the Eastern District of Tennessee for six months based on his violation of Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2016(b) and his delay in filing bankruptcy petitions for his clients in a timely manner.
Ruling: 
Attorney suspended for six months due to failure to correct misstatements in disclosures and delays in filing debtors' petitions.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 17,2009, LexisNexis #0509-135

In re Kasperek

In two chapter 7 cases, a chapter 7 trustee sought an order that would compel the debtors' counsel to disgorge all of the legal fees that the clients had paid to a law firm.
Ruling: 
Attorney ordered to disgorge portion of fee due to delay caused by refusal to represent debtor in turnover proceeding.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 15,2009, LexisNexis #0309-093

Simone v. No Respondent (In re All Cases in Which Robin L. Musher is Counsel of Record)

Movant prior counsel filed a Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) motion for reconsideration of an order, which granted respondent substitute counsel's motion for the approval and payment of professional fees and expenses in the chapter 13 cases and denied prior counsel's objections to the fee applications.
Ruling: 
Reconsideration of denial of attorneys' fees over and above amount declared in 2016 statements denied.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on August 04,2008, LexisNexis #0808-139

In re Perrine

The chapter 7 trustee sought an order compelling debtor's two attorneys and their law firm to disgorge undisclosed fees received within one year before the filing of debtor's bankruptcy petition allegedly "in contemplation of or in connection with" his bankruptcy case.
Ruling: 
Debtor's attorneys ordered to turn over property transferred by debtor in contemplation of bankruptcy.
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