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  • 08/15/2013
    Cherish L. Boylan, Ch. 13, BK12-82349-TJM (Aug. 15, 2013) 08/15/2013

    The bankruptcy court granted the creditors’ application for an administrative expense claim for damages resulting from the debtor’s breach of a lease she had assumed pursuant to her Chapter 13 plan. Following In re Masek, 301 B.R. 336 (Bankr. D. Neb. 2003), the court found the post-assumption breach gave rise to an administrative expense claim rather than a general unsecured claim.

  • 08/13/2013
    Jeffrey Robert Jones & Gretchen Christine Jones, Ch. 7, BK12-42712-TJM (Aug. 13, 2013) 08/13/2013

    The court sustained the Chapter 7 trustee’s objection to a claimed exemption in a retirement fund belonging to the debtor’s late mother because it did not constitute an “inherited retirement account.” The debtor did not receive the retirement account directly. Rather, the fund was to be liquidated and the proceeds paid to his mother’s estate; from there, the money would be distributed to the heirs, including the debtor. The fund loses the attributes warranting the exemption of a retirement account by being liquidated through the probate estate.

  • 08/02/2013
    Margaret L. Storjohann, Ch. 7, BK13-40963-TLS (Aug. 2, 2013) 08/02/2013

    The court permitted the debtor to claim a personal property exemption in wages garnished within the 90 days before bankruptcy filing because the debtor would have standing to avoid the transfer of exempt property, which the wages would have been, once in the debtor’s possession, had they not been garnished.

  • 07/30/2013
    Tou Lor & Feuyluang Lor v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (In re Lor), Ch. 13, BK12-80567-TJM, A13-8002-TJM (July 30, 2013) 07/30/2013

    An unsecured junior lien on the debtor’s residential real estate may be avoided after the debtor completes Chapter 13 plan payments. The case law in the Eighth Circuit, interpreting Nobelman, permits wholly unsecured liens to be stripped off.

  • 07/30/2013
    M & M Mktg., L.L.C. and Premier Fighter, L.L.C., invol. Ch. 7, BK09-81458-TJM (July 30, 2013) 07/30/2013

    The court overruled an objection to a claim that was based on a loan made ostensibly to the debtors but used by the debtors’ owner for personal purposes. The evidence indicated that a portion of the funds were used to pay operating expenses for one of the debtors. In addition, the court found that despite a purported transfer of all of the debtors’ assets prior to the loan being made, the owner continued to operate the business and the lender could reasonably have believed the funds would be used for business purposes. The court approved a reduced amount of the claim as agreed to by the bankruptcy trustee.

  • 07/16/2013
    David Anthony Hanzek & Linda Michelle Hanzek v. Omaha Police Fed. Credit Union (In re Hanzek), Ch. 13, BK12-81581-TLS, A12-8080-TLS (July 16, 2013) 07/16/2013

    An unsecured junior lien on the debtor’s residential real estate may be avoided after the debtor completes Chapter 13 plan payments. The case law in the Eighth Circuit, interpreting Nobelman, permits wholly unsecured liens to be stripped off.

  • 07/15/2013
    David H. Hall & Michelle E. Hall, Ch. 13, BK10-43504-TLS (July 15, 2013) 07/15/2013

    The court granted summary judgment to a lender who objected to the debtors’ attempt to modify  their monthly mortgage payments through their proposed Chapter 13 plan. The debtors argued that the terms of the loan had been modified, but there was no evidence of anything other than a temporary modification. The debtors were given time to file an amended plan to account for the appropriate mortgage payment.

  • 07/08/2013
    Kurt D. Hill and Tobi D. Hill v. Deutsche Bank Nat'l Trust Co. (In re Hill), Ch. 13, BK10-43498-TJM, A11-4009-TJM (July 8, 2013) 07/08/2013

    The debtors do not have standing to challenge the assignment of their mortgage, so that count of their complaint was dismissed. The dispute over payments made to a junior lienholder after the senior lien had been stripped off (but which was later reinstated) is not a matter for the bankruptcy court to decide. However, the debtors did incur additional expenses in attempting to ascertain the validity and priority of the liens, and they may go forward on that count of their complaint.

  • 07/03/2013
    State of Florida ex rel. Florida Dept. of Ins. v. Diederike Marlene Fulkerson (In re Fulkerson), Ch. 7, BK12-41750-TLS, A12-4091-TLS (July 3, 2013) 07/03/2013

    This lawsuit originated in state court nearly 15 years ago and had been tried, appealed, and set for retrial there. The same matters were also raised in probate court in a claim against a deceased defendant’s estate. When the current defendant filed bankruptcy, the case was removed to bankruptcy court as an adversary proceeding. While the adversary proceeding involved claims adjudication and was therefore a core proceeding, the bankruptcy court nevertheless determined that, because of prevailing state law issues and the case’s lengthy history in state court, permissive abstention was the appropriate course of action and it remanded the litigation to state court.

  • 07/01/2013
    Jeffrey A. Fischer and Melanie J. Fischer, Ch. 12, BK08-40125-TJM (July 1, 2013) 07/01/2013

    A lender was not obligated to release its pre-petition lien when the debtors filed bankruptcy, so the lender is not subject to a finding of civil contempt or sanctions for its failure to do so. Its failure to timely file an amended UCC financing statement releasing some of the collateral, and thereby causing harm to the debtors, was negligent, but not willful.