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Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

14 B 02696, 15 B 17314
The court found that it has post-confirmation jurisdiction to enforce and interpret its confirmation order in a chapter 11 case  where all transactions described therein have not been completed and a final decree has yet to be entered.

In re Jerome Sims, Jr.
January 10, 2017

16 B 04589
The court found that the purchaser of the Debtor's unpaid real estate taxes was adequately protected by the "sale in error" program and potential Plan payments.

In re EHC, LLC
January 6, 2017

15 B 40866
An attorney has been found to have violated Rule 9011 by delaying a creditor's efforts to enforce its rights.

Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar

15 B 23651, 16 A 00014

Judge Deborah L. Thorne

In re Monica L. Lowe
December 29, 2016

16 B 23451

In re Iris V. Colon
December 29, 2016

16 B 09951

Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

Judge Timothy A. Barnes

11 B 38875, 12 A 00155
Upon remand from the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois reinstating the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, held:  The plaintiff has established grounds for summary judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56.  The debtor’s admissions establish that the debt she owed to the plaintiff arose when she, as trustee for an express trust, misappropriated funds from the trust to the detriment of the plaintiff, a beneficiary of the trust.  Such debt is nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(4).  The plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment is, therefore, GRANTED as to the statutory elements of 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(4) and all alternative counts are mooted thereby.  The court abstains from hearing the only remaining aspect of the complaint—the value of the plaintiff’s claim.

Judge Janet S. Baer

13 B 25078, 13 A 01332
In the three counts that remain at issue in the adversary complaint filed by plaintiff John H. Sammarco in the bankruptcy case of debtor-defendant David L. Dini, Sammarco sought a determination that Dini is not entitled to a discharge pursuant to various provisions of 11 U.S.C. § 727(a). In Count I, Sammarco alleged that Dini’s discharge should be denied under § 727(a)(2) because Dini transferred two vehicles less than one year prior to filing his bankruptcy petition with the intent to hinder or delay Sammarco. In Count V, Sammarco objected to Dini’s discharge pursuant to § 727(a)(7), arguing that Dini knowingly made fraudulent statements in the bankruptcy schedules of his former company National Telerep Marketing Systems, Ltd. ("NTMS") while his individual bankruptcy case was pending. Finally, in Count VII, Sammarco alleged that Dini is not entitled to his discharge under § 727(a)(4), because Dini knowingly and with fraudulent intent made false statements in connection with the debt that he owes to his friend Keith Creel (the "Creel debt"). The Court found that Sammarco failed to meet his burden to establish the elements required under the applicable provisions of § 727(a). Specifically, the Court found that the evidence did not establish that Dini intended to hinder or delay Sammarco by transferring his interest in the vehicles. The Court further found that the issue of whether Dini knowingly and with fraudulent intent made false statements in NTMS’s bankruptcy schedules was previously litigated and that Sammarco is, thus, precluded from litigating that issue again. As for the allegation in connection with the Creel debt, the Court concluded that the record did not support a finding that Dini’s statements regarding that debt were false for purposes of § 727(a)(4). Accordingly, the Court held that Dini’s discharge will not be denied.

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