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Ackley v. Sallie Mae Student Loans (In re Ackley)

Citing 11 U.S.C.S. § 523(a)(8), debtors, a married couple who filed a chapter 7 case, asked the court to find that they were entitled to discharge their obligations for student loans for themselves and their adult children, which loans totaled around $460,000.
Ruling: 
Elderly debtors with multiple physical ailments granted undue hardship discharge of student loan debt.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on December 23,2011, LexisNexis #0212-057

In re Trico Marine Servs. Inc.

Before the court was debtors' Motion to determine the validity and priority of a certain make-whole premium (the "Make-Whole Premium") asserted by an Indenture Trustee. Pursuant to an order of the court approving the sale of certain assets, the Indenture Trustee sought full and immediate payment of the Make-Whole Premium out of sale proceeds currently held in escrow. Debtors contested the Indenture Trustee's entitlement to such payment.
Ruling: 
Make-whole premium asserted by indenture trustee was an allowable secured claim.
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Commercial case opionion summary, case decided on April 15,2011, LexisNexis #0511-049

Canning v. Beneficial Me. Inc. (In re Canning)

Plaintiff bankruptcy debtors brought an adversary proceeding against defendant mortgagee alleging that the mortgagee violated the discharge injunction of 11 U.S.C.S. § 524(a)(2) by sending the debtors a collection letter and refusing to foreclose against the debtors' real property which the debtors surrendered to the mortgagee.
Ruling: 
Mortgagee's collection letter violated discharge injunction but refusal to foreclose did not.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on February 17,2011, LexisNexis #0311-054

In re Davenport

Debtor was over 60. He sought to avoid a creditor's judicial lien under 11 U.S.C.S. § 522(f) of the Bankruptcy Code because it impaired his exemption. The creditor objected to debtor's age-enhanced exemption claim and to his request to avoid her lien. The court's decision was pending.
Ruling: 
Judicial lien avoided as impairing debtor's state residence exemption.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on January 12,2011, LexisNexis #0211-048