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Judge Deborah L. Thorne

In re Laurel A. Bird
February 2, 2021

17-02072

Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

Judge Timothy A. Barnes

18bk32437, 20ap00010
Upon the crossing motions for summary judgment brought by the Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue to determine priority of liens under section 506, the IRS and IDOR each assert that no genuine issue of material fact exists necessitating a trial on the complaint. The trustee, as plaintiff in the matter, concurs and, but for the existence of an undetermined motion to vacate a previous court order upon which this issue turns, the court agrees...

Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

Joseph C. Sheehan
February 4, 2021

20 B 07130
The court denied a Chapter 11 debtor’s Motion Pursuant to Rule 2004 to examine individuals and entities in Ireland and the United Kingdom for two reasons:  (1) he had not served them according to the Hague Service Convention, noting that the rules that allow nationwide service by first class mail do not apply internationally and (2) the pending adversary rule disallows Rule 2004 examinations when a related adversary proceeding is pending.  The civil rules govern discovery once an adversary proceeding is commenced.

Judge Donald R. Cassling

20 B 01252, 20 A 00352

Judge LaShonda A. Hunt

17bk16894, 18ap00764
Plaintiff sought to revoke the chapter 7 discharge of debtor/defendant, his former business partner who omitted information from his Statement of Financial Affairs about company assets he possessed at the time of the bankruptcy filing.  Following a trial, the court held that plaintiff failed to meet his burden of proof with respect to fraudulent intent as required under 11 U.S.C. § 727(d)(1).

Judge David D. Cleary

Chief Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar

In re Michael Hughes
December 16, 2020

18 B 11700

Judge Carol A. Doyle

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