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Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

03 B 46296

After a corporate debtor’s chapter 7 case was dismissed on creditor’s motion, creditor moved under Bankruptcy Rule 9011 to be reimbursed from the debtor’s counsel for legal work its attorney performed in response to the debtor’s improperly filed voluntary petition. The court concluded that the debtor and its attorney violated Rule 9011(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure by filing its chapter 7 case with the intent to delay, frustrate, and cause expense to the creditor. The court imposed a sanction under Bankruptcy Rule 9011(c) against the debtor’s counsel for the creditor’s attorneys fees.

04 B 13843

The United States Trustee filed a motion to dismiss or convert a chapter 11 case arguing that the case was not filed in good faith, that the debtor had no real need for bankruptcy reorganization, that the debtor’s plan was both unconfirmable and unfeasible, and that the true creditor body (as opposed to shareholders) would not be well served by continued prosecution of a trade-secret-misappropriation action in state court. The court concluded that “cause” existed under 11 U.S.C. §§ 1112(b)(1) and (b)(2) to dismiss the case due to the highly speculative nature of the state court action which was the debtor’s primary asset. The court alternatively found that “cause” existed that the chapter 11 case was filed in bad faith.

Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

In re Margie Brown
January 24, 2005
In re Angela Woods
November 10, 2004

Judge Carol A. Doyle

Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar

In re Commercial Loan Corp
November 17, 2004

04 B 18946

In re Chris Hansen
November 3, 2004

02 B 33776

Chief Judge Pamela S. Hollis

In Re Renee Jackson
October 21, 2004

00 B 24953

Confirmation of a chapter 13 plan, alone, does not value individual assets scheduled by debtor. Bankruptcy Court must hold a hearing to expressly value an asset for purposes of 348(f) of the bankruptcy code.