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In re M.W. Sewall & Co.

Debtor filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11. Shortly thereafter, the State of Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations (the Bureau) moved for relief from the 11 U.S.C.S. § 362 stay, seeking an order requiring debtor to remit to it all receipts of lottery tickets delivered to debtor prepetition, whether sold by debtor pre- or postpetition.
Ruling: 
Lottery bureau held general unsecured claim for ticket sales receipts and was not entitled to relief from stay.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on July 16,2010, LexisNexis #1010-008

Epstein v. Defilippi (In re Defilippi)

Plaintiff, a guardian ad litem, sought a determination that an amount owed to her by defendant chapter 7 debtors was excepted from discharge as a domestic support obligation under 11 U.S.C.S. §§ 101(14A) and 523(a)(5). The guardian ad litem made a motion for judgment as a matter of law under Fed. R. Civ. P. 50(a), which the court treated as a motion for summary judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7056.
Ruling: 
Guardian ad litem's claim was a nondischargeable domestic support obligation.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on June 03,2010, LexisNexis #0810-089

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