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Judge Janet S. Baer

In re Pawel Hardej
February 15, 2017

13 B 00627
The former Debtor reopened his bankruptcy case and filed a motion for rule to show cause against the Respondents, including Metropolitan Development Enterprises, Inc. (“MDE”), an entity previously owned by the Debtor. The Debtor alleged that the Respondents violated the discharge injunction under § 524(a)(2) after MDE filed suit against him in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Debtor sought an order enjoining the state court proceeding, a finding that the Respondents were in contempt of court, and an award of damages and attorneys’ fees. The Respondents argued that the claims for which MDE sought recovery against the Debtor were not discharged in the Debtor’s bankruptcy case pursuant to § 523(a)(3)(B). The Court found that MDE’s claims against the Debtor had been discharged because, although MDE was not scheduled as a creditor, it had reasonable notice of the Debtor’s bankruptcy case that satisfied the requirements of due process. Concluding that MDE’s actions constituted a violation of the discharge injunction, the Court enjoined MDE from pursuing the Debtor on its claims in state court but denied the Debtor’s request for damages and attorneys’ fees.

Judge Deborah L. Thorne

In re Andres Hueramo
February 9, 2017

16 B 32350

In re Iris V. Colon
December 29, 2016

16 B 09951

In re Monica L. Lowe
December 29, 2016

16 B 23451

Judge Carol A. Doyle

16 B 18940, 16 A 00544

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

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