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Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar

12 B 19952, 12 A 01195

14 B 26441, 14 A 00710

Judge Carol A. Doyle

In re Gerald Kosinski
March 5, 2015

10 B 28949

Judge Timothy A. Barnes

13 B 37655, 14 A 00100

Upon the creditor’s adversary complaint objecting to the Debtor’s discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(7), wherein the creditor alleged that the Debtor violated 11 U.S.C. §§ 727(a)(2), (3) and (4)  in the bankruptcy case of the company of which the Debtor was sole member and president by permitting checks made out to the company to be deposited into the Debtor’s father’s account, by failing to secure the company’s books and records and by making false oaths for failing to list the same checks and other payments to the Debtor’s father on the company’s bankruptcy documents, held:  The creditor failed to prove the Debtor’s requisite intent, elements of 11 U.S.C. §§ 727(a)(2) and (4), by a preponderance of the evidence.  The creditor also failed to prove that the disappearance of the Debtor’s business records due to a break-in caused the trustee in the company’s bankruptcy case to be unable to ascertain the company’s financial condition, or that the destruction was unjustified under the circumstances of the case, elements of 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(3).  As a result, judgment is entered in favor of the Debtor.

 

Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

13 B 01449, 13 A 01050
Prepetition, the parties to the medical malpractice suits participated in a mediation conference presided over by a former Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. The mediation was successful, and resulted in the entry of a July 21, 2008 settlement order in state court.  Prior to the mediation session, one Plaintiff's claim proceeded to trial in state court, where a jury returned a verdict of $30,000,000 against the Debtor and other defendants.

The crux of the Complaint is that the Debtor falsely stated that the settlement would be secured by property at 1101 Dodge, Evanston, Illinois (“Dodge Property”) in violation of 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(A) which excepts from discharge debts incurred fraudulently under certain circumstances.  The Debtor did not arrange for the Dodge Property to be titled in a land trust as required by the 2008 court order.  The Plaintiffs also allege that the Debtor wilfully and maliciously injured them in violation of 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6).

The Court entered judgment in favor of the Plaintiffs, finding that the Debtor intentionally misled the Plaintiffs when he represented that he would pledge the Dodge Property to secure the settlement amount, and that fraud created the debt.  In so ruling, the Court relied, in part, on Dr. Eisenstein's admission at trial that he had no intention of having the property placed into a land trust to secure payment of the $1.275 million settlement until a formal settlement agreement got executed.  The July 21, 2008 order did not condition the settlement on the entry of a subsequent agreement.

 

Judge Donald R. Cassling

Chief Judge Bruce W. Black

In re Victor J. Fini
February 6, 2015

13 B 47450

Judge Eugene R. Wedoff

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