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In re Montreal Me. & Atl. Ry.

Ruling: 
Wrongful death claims resulting from railway accident were related to debtor's bankruptcy and should be tried in the same court.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on March 21,2014, LexisNexis #0714-068

Saunders v. Getchell Agency

Ruling: 
District court lacked jurisdiction over unpaid wage claim under FLSA that was property of debtor's bankruptcy estate.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 11,2014, LexisNexis #0714-056

Howison v. Milo Enters.

Chapter 7 trustee brought an adversary proceeding against defendant in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine, seeking to avoid allegedly preferential or fraudulent transfers. After the bankruptcy court denied the parties' cross-motions for summary judgment, defendant filed a motion in district court under 28 U.S.C.S. § 157(d) to withdraw the reference.
Ruling: 
Motion to withdraw reference of preference proceeding denied on timeliness grounds.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on May 21,2012, LexisNexis #0612-069

Turner v. Boyle

Defendant president of a corporation as to which chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings were filed moved to immediately withdraw reference of the case from the bankruptcy court after the trustee for plaintiff bankruptcy estate filed an adversary petition against the president alleging breach of duty of loyalty, lack of good faith, breach of duty of care, and breach of contract.
Ruling: 
Motion to withdraw reference of trustee's proceeding against debtor's president denied without prejudice to renewal when ready for trial.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on March 29,2010, LexisNexis #0610-032

TD Bank v. Sewall

In an action filed against defendant guarantors, plaintiff creditor sought a declaratory judgment as to the validity and enforceability of guaranty agreements and an order requiring the sale of stock that the guarantors pledged as collateral. Before the court was the guarantors' motion to transfer the proceeding to the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine pursuant to 28 U.S.C.S. § 157(a) and D. Me. R. 83.6.
Ruling: 
Declaratory judgment action that could result in increased funds for the estate transferred to bankruptcy court.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on November 20,2009, LexisNexis #1209-096

Braemer v. Lowey

Appellant, a former lead plaintiff for a class of consumers who were harmed by the debtor corporation, challenged the bankruptcy court's order authorizing appellee plan fiduciary and the debtor corporation to enter into a sale agreement in furtherance of the chapter 11 plan. The plan fiduciary moved to dismiss the appeal. The court suspended the briefing of the actual appeal in order to first address a motion to dismiss the appeal as moot.
Ruling: 
Appeal of order authorizing sale of debtor's property dismissed on grounds of mootness.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on February 24,2009, LexisNexis #0409-035