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Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar

In re Scott N. Jaffe
June 7, 2017

15 B 39490

Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

In re EHC, LCC
April 25, 2017

15 B 40866
In this ruling the court sanctioned an attorney pursuant to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9011 for pursuing a bankruptcy case solely to delay a foreclosure case, to avoid the lawful appointment of a receiver and to needlessly increase a secured creditor's legal fees and costs.

Judge Janet S. Baer

14 B 13155
The Debtors claimed three exemptions against $23,000 in settlement proceeds derived from a workplace discrimination and disability lawsuit initiated by Debtor James Henry Sullivan, Jr. against his former employer.  The chapter 7 trustee (the “Trustee”) objected to the Debtors’ exemptions pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 4003(b) on the basis that they were not properly claimed under Illinois law.  The Trustee had intervened and later settled the legal claims in the lawsuit with the authorization of the Court pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 9019(a).  Without addressing the merits of the Trustee’s objection, the Debtors argued that they had been deprived of their due process rights with respect to the Trustee’s settlement motion.  The Court found that there was no violation of due process in connection with the settlement motion and that the Debtors had not made proper claims of exemption under Illinois law.  Thus, the Court sustained the Trustee’s objection and disallowed the Debtors’ amended claims of exemption.

In re David L. Dini
April 6, 2017

13 B 25078
In September 2016, John H. Sammarco filed a motion to dismiss debtor David L. Dini’s chapter 7 case pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 707(a).  Relying on In re Schwartz, a decision issued by the Seventh Circuit in August 2015, Sammarco alleged that Dini’s case should be dismissed because he is living “lavishly” while refusing to pay his unsecured creditors.  The question before the Court was whether the equitable doctrine of laches barred Sammarco’s § 707(a) motion.  The Court found that Sammarco’s thirteen-month delay in filing the motion was both unreasonable and inexcusable under the circumstances of the case and that Dini suffered material prejudice as a result of that delay.  Accordingly, the Court concluded that Sammarco’s motion is barred by laches, and, as such, the motion was denied.

Judge Deborah L. Thorne

Judge Donald R. Cassling

In re Bianca L. Avila
March 21, 2017

17 B 00870

Judge Timothy A. Barnes

08 B 10095
Upon the Motion for Entry of an Order (I) Enforcing Confirmation Order; (II) Directing Dismissal of State Court Claims; (III) Awarding Damages; and (IV) Granting Related Relief, brought by successor to the purchaser of assets in the above-captioned bankruptcy cases, held:  The movant has established that the claims brought in the state court actions are precluded by the confirmation order entered in this case.  The motion is, therefore, GRANTED as set forth in the attached Memorandum Decision.  A separate hearing on damages will follow.

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