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Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

In re Willie Lee Linnear
January 29, 2008

Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

07 B 03856

Corporate creditor, through its vice president who is not an attorney, filed a claim against the debtor after the claims bar date passed. The debtor objected, arguing the claim was untimely filed. After obtaining counsel, the creditor argued that its claim should be allowed under the excusable neglect standard announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in Pioneer Inv. Services Co. v. Brunswick Assoc. L.P., 507 U.S. 380 (1993). The creditor specifically argued that when it filed its claim without counsel, it did not understand the complexities involved in filing a timely claim and that allowing its claim would have a de minimus impact on any potential distribution to the other creditors. The Court found that filing the claim without the aid of counsel was not excusable under the Pioneer test and that as a sophisticated business entity, the creditor should have recognized when an attorney was needed. The Court also found that allowing the claim would prejudice both the debtor and the other creditors who timely filed their claims since it would affect any distribution made.

04 B 45177, 06 A 01812

Creditor trustee filed a complaint to recover five alleged transfers made to the defendant from the debtor two months prior to the bankruptcy case. Three of the transfers were disposed via summary judgment for the defendant. A hearing was held regarding the remaining two transfers. The Court found that the remaining two transfers were made while the defendant was insolvent. The defendant asserted that the transfers were made in the ordinary course of business. This was rejected because the defendant only offered the testimony of its president who could not testify to the industry standard, and therefore, was not an expert witness. The defendant then argued that the transfers were made as part of a lease that was assumed post-petition by the debtor. The Court agreed and entered judgment for the defendant on the two remaining transfers base on the Seventh Circuit’s ruling in In re Superior Toy & Mfg. Co., Inc., 78 F.3d 1169 (7th Cir. 1996).

In re: James A. Redmond
December 26, 2007

Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar

07 B 08536