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Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

10 B 38275, 13 A 00299
In this Adversary Proceeding, Plaintiff sought a determination that a $32,994 debt owed by Debtors was nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(A). Plaintiff alleged that Debtors, through their agent, made false representations in procuring a second mortgage loan needed to finance a Property purchased by the Debtor for a family member. The Court determined that the Debtors’ mortgage broker acted as their authorized agent in procuring the financing under an apparent agency theory of liability. The Court also determined that Debtors' agent made false representations when he informed the Plaintiff that the Debtors would reside at the Property and repay the loan when he knew this to be untrue.

Judge Carol A. Doyle

Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

13 B 39210, 13 B 39240 (Administratively consolidated)

13 B 44986

Judge Timothy A. Barnes

12 B 49658
Upon the Motion for Allowance of Secured Claim and Turnover of Collateral Proceeds, brought by United Central Bank (“UCB”), and the Cross Motion for Partial Turnover of Proceeds of Sales, brought by the Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”), to determine the higher priority claim in the proceeds from a section 363 sale, held: UCB is entitled to a claim secured in the entire amount of the proceeds of the sale.  IDOR has secured, priority unsecured and general unsecured claims, all of which are lower in priority to UCB’s secured claim.  IDOR’s right to assert transferee liability is an “interest” for purposes of a section 363(f) sale, potentially entitling IDOR to adequate protection under section 363(e).  As IDOR’s interest is, however, subordinate to that of UCB’s secured claim and IDOR’s claim is therefore “out of the money,” there is no harm from which IDOR is entitled to protection.  The court therefore grants UCB’s request for allowance of secured claims and turnover of collateral proceeds and denies the IDOR’s request for partial turnover.

13 B 31265
Upon the Construction and General Laborers’ District Council of Chicago and Vicinity’s and the Laborers’ Pension and Welfare Funds’ objection to the Debtor’s application pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 1113 to reject all collective bargaining agreements to which it was a party, held:  The Debtor, having sold substantially all of its assets prior to commencing bankruptcy, has demonstrated sufficiently that rejection of all collective bargaining agreements is necessary for a valid “reorganization,” as that term must be interpreted in section 1113 in a liquidating chapter 11 case.  The court therefore grants the Debtor’s motion to reject  its collective bargaining agreements.

Judge Donald R. Cassling

In re Edward J. Pajian
April 15, 2014

13 B 25893

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