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Judge LaShonda A. Hunt

In re Monique A. Jimmar
April 23, 2018

17bk11666
Chapter 13 Trustee’s objection to fee applications filed by a law firm representing debtors in numerous cases is sustained, in part.  Furthermore, the court holds that the plan does not meet the good faith requirement in § 1325(a)(3) of the Code.  Therefore, confirmation is denied.

In re Felicia Williams
April 10, 2018

17bk33186,
Secured creditor’s objection to confirmation of an amended Chapter 13 plan that proposes to continue pre-confirmation adequate protection payments of $275 per month until debtor’s attorney fees are satisfied, and then to commence monthly payments of $741 until the allowed secured claim is paid in full, is sustained.  The plan does not meet the equal monthly payment requirement of § 11 U.S.C. 1325(a)(5)(B).

Judge Jacqueline P. Cox

17 B 25141
In this case, the City of Chicago refused to turn over the debtor’s vehicle unless their claim was paid in full. The City’s claim was treated as unsecured in the confirmed plan; the City did not object to this treatment of its claim. The Debtor filed a motion to modify his confirmed plan to pay the City of Chicago in full as a compromise to get the City to release the vehicle. In this opinion, the court denied the motion to modify the plan and sanctioned the City for violating the automatic stay in violation of Thompson v. GMAC.The court ruled that the City did not have a possessory lien as provided for in its ordinance because the ordinance was inconsistent with Illinois law.

Judge Timothy A. Barnes

In re Elton Tabor
April 11, 2018

15 B 26544
Upon the United States Trustee’s motion for sanctions brought pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 105, held:  The United States Trustee has shown by a preponderance of the evidence the need to address the circumstances discussed herein in a proceeding under 11 U.S.C. § 105.  The motion is granted and counsel is sanctioned in the matter set forth herein.

17 B 03148
Upon the application for administrative expense brought by prepetition assignee for the benefit of creditors on behalf of its counsel, held: The assignee is entitled to compensation for its counsel under 11 U.S.C. § 503(b)(4), the provision affording administrative expenses for professional services rendered for a superseded custodian. Upon application of the standards relating thereto, the application is, therefore, GRANTED in the manner set forth herein.

16 B 36934
Upon the motion for civil contempt brought by a creditor, alleging that the debtor and debtor’s manager violated bankruptcy court orders by transferring property of the bankruptcy estate without court authority, held: The movant has established under section 105 of the Bankruptcy Code clear and convincing evidence of civil contempt by the debtor and the debtor’s manager by proving that the nonmoving parties knowingly violated court orders. The motion is, therefore, GRANTED.

Judge Deborah L. Thorne

17 B 29195, 17 B 25013

Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

10 B 27054

10 B 27054

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