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Planet Merchant Processing, Inc. v. Kim Geiken (In re Planet Merchant Processing, Inc.), Ch. 7, BK16-81243, A17-8002 (Aug. 8, 2017)

The bankruptcy court recommends to the district court that it withdraw the reference of this adversary proceeding. The bankruptcy trustee is pursuing claims of trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement against a former software developer for a company affiliated with the debtor and the former customer who subsequently hired her. A similar lawsuit is currently pending in federal district court. The causes of action in the adversary proceeding are non-core and do not arise under Title 11. Judicial economy dictates that the two cases should be processed and heard together, and the forum to do so is the United States District Court.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017