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Judge Timothy A. Barnes

19bk06272, 19ap00587
On a motion for a preliminary injunction by the plaintiff, a former franchisor of a business owned and operated by the debtor-defendant, to prohibit the debtor-defendant from operating such business in alleged violation of a covenant not to compete entered into in connection with the now-terminated franchise, where the covenant not to compete provides for liquidated damages designed to fully compensate the plaintiff as an alternative remedy to injunctive relief, held:  The plaintiff’s rights under the covenant not to compete, including to injunctive relief, constitute a “claim” within the meaning of 11 U.S.C. § 101(5), which claim will be treated in accordance with bankruptcy law.  The plaintiff is therefore unlikely to succeed on the merits of its claims for a permanent injunction, the only relief sought in the adversary proceeding, and the preliminary injunction motion is therefore not well taken.

In re LLC 1 07CH12487
September 30, 2019

13bk49315
Upon the chapter 7 debtor’s motion to dismiss its bankruptcy case, which was remanded to this court for further findings that would permit dismissal or further proceedings in the case following an uncontested appeal by a creditor opposing dismissal, the court having entered an order to show cause calling for all interested parties to appear and be heard with respect to whether any cause to dismiss the case under 11 U.S.C. § 707 currently existed, held:  In light of the compelling observations of the United States Trustee and the failure of the debtor to prosecute the motion following the district court’s remand, there exists a limited bankruptcy purpose to allowing the debtor’s case to continue provided that proper safeguards and limitations are maintained.  The debtor’s motion is, therefore, DENIED without prejudice.

Judge Deborah L. Thorne

19-22878 (jointly administered)

Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

19 B 07692
The court converted the Chapter 11 case filed by Debtor Royalty Properties, LLC to Chapter 7, finding that it was filed in bad faith as a litigation tactic to delay a mortgage foreclosure case filed 10 years ago.  The debt was incurred in 2006 to purchase its main asset, a 400-acre horse farm.  No payments were ever made on the debt. The court also found that the Debtor was using its creditors’ collateral to farm and sell hemp/hemp seeds, a new business for which it had no experience, not to reorganize an existing business. The Debtor and its principals unsuccessfully sued its creditors, including the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois, in state and federal courts many times before it filed for bankruptcy protection.  After the foreclosure case neared conclusion, two more lawsuits were filed against its creditors this year.

Judge Carol A. Doyle

Steven J. Welsch
July 30, 2019

16 B 33498

Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar

In re Judith K. Begoun
August 6, 2019

13 B 27604

Judge Donald R. Cassling

13 B 22702

Judge LaShonda A. Hunt

14bk33271, 14ap00859
Following trial on an adversary complaint objecting to dischargeability under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(A) and § 523 (a)(6), the court held that the creditor failed to meet its burden of establishing that the defendant/debtor acted with intent to defraud or harm creditors.

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