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Vidal v. Alvarado

Appellant, son of a lessor and his widow, challenged the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico's grant of partial summary judgment in favor of appellees, debtors, and against the son based on its finding that the son willfully violated the automatic stay provision 11 U.S.C. § 362 and aided and abetted the widow in actions that constituted a willful violation of the automatic stay.
Ruling: 
Widow and son wilfully violated stay by pursuing rent collection and eviction.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on October 26,2007, LexisNexis #1207-027

In re Torres

In a prior judgment, the court awarded the debtors compensatory damages for travel expenses and emotional distress to remedy a violation of the discharge injunction by the IRS. The United States (government) appealed the determination of emotional damages on sovereign immunity grounds, and it was vacated on appeal. On remand, the court reconsidered the issue in light of the First Circuit's opinion.
Ruling: 
Award of damages against IRS for emotional distress due to violation of discharge injunction vacated due to lack of specific waiver of sovereign immunity.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on October 09,2007, LexisNexis #1207-026

In re Syroco Inc.

Chapter 11 debtor filed a motion that included a request that an order be entered pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 366(c)(2) establishing that a security deposit equal to the current average cost of two weeks service be deemed as adequate assurance for the utility companies that failed to reply or object to the motion.
Ruling: 
Security deposit for two weeks service approved as adequate assurance for utility companies.
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