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Judge David D. Cleary
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
05/11/2023 In re: Zbigniew Bednarz

21 B 01817
Chapter 13 Trustee moved to dismiss Debtor’s bankruptcy case for failure to make payments.  Debtor responded with a motion to modify his chapter 13 plan, requesting a decrease in plan payments as well as a reduction in the plan term.  Although he was a below-median debtor, he...

05/02/2023 In re: Nicole M. De Roo

22 B 02091
Debtor moved to modify her chapter 13 plan seven months after confirmation. She requested a decrease in plan payments as well as a reduction in the percentage to unsecured creditors, asserting that certain expenses had increased. The chapter 13 Trustee objected to Debtor’s...

04/20/2023 In re: Javier Gonzalez

22 B 08732
Mortgage company (“Reliant”) filed proof of claim based on foreclosure judgment.  Debtor objected to Reliant’s claim on the grounds that the foreclosure litigation was commenced after the statute of limitations had expired.  Reliant made two arguments in response: (1) the ...

04/18/2023 Patrick S. Layng, United States Trustee v. Mohammad Tahseen (In re: Mohammad Tahseen)

18 B 03134, 22 A 00016
While his bankruptcy case was pending, and after his discharge was entered, Debtor granted a mortgage without court authority. Trustee sought turnover of documentation and the loan proceeds, first informally and then through a motion for turnover. The court...

03/31/2023 In re: Smylie Brothers Brewing Company, LLC

22 B 15005
Trustee sought court authorization under 11 U.S.C. § 365(a) to reject a lease, in a transaction that called for the landlord to pay the estate $10,000 and for the lease to be “terminated.”  In the alternative, the Trustee requested approval of the transaction under 11 U.S.C...

03/28/2023 Joan Johnson v. S.A.I.L., LLC (In re: Joan Johnson)

22 A 00172, 22 B 08837
Debtor borrowed money from SAIL prepetition.  The agreement between Debtor and SAIL provided for arbitration of all disputes.  SAIL filed a proof of claim in Debtor’s chapter 13 case.  Debtor filed a three count adversary proceeding objecting to SAIL’s claim and...

03/17/2023 1600 Hicks Road LLC v. EH National Bank (In re: 1600 Hicks Road LLC)

22 B 13205, 23 A 00016
Chapter 11 debtor asked the court to enter a preliminary injunction halting a creditor’s state court proceedings against its principals.  The state court litigation was based on the principals’ guarantee of a deficiency claim against the debtor.  HELD: 11 U.S.C...

01/18/2023 4820 & 4901 Ltd vs. Ben Tesler (In re: Ben Tesler)

21 B 00472, 22 A 00102
Defendant Ben Tesler sought dismissal of Plaintiff 4820 & 4901 Ltd.’s five count complaint seeking denial of Tesler’s discharge.  HELD: Plaintiff plausibly alleged a claim for relief under three subsections of 11 U.S.C. § 727(a).  First, the complaint...

01/09/2023 In re: Curtis C. Conway

22 B 12839
Shortly after Debtor filed his third chapter 13 case within a year, American Credit Acceptance (“ACA”) sought relief from the stay.  It argued that cause existed to modify the stay because its secured interest in Debtor’s car was not adequately protected.  HELD: Cause, which...

Judge Jacqueline P. Cox
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
05/04/2023 In re Todd T. Malmborg

22 BK 06603
After the claims bar date in a Chapter 13 case, an unscheduled creditor moved to vacate a confirmation order under Bankruptcy Rule 9024, arguing his due process rights were violated because he was not given notice of the bankruptcy.
Pre-petition, the creditor had sued...

11/17/2022 In re Capital Equity Land Tr., No. 2140215, No. 22-2580 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. Nov. 17, 2022)

Pre-bankruptcy the Debtor defaulted on its obligation to pay real estate taxes on its commercial property.  The  real estate was sold via a scavenger tax sale to Cook County d/b/a the Cook County Land Bank Authority.

The Debtor is an Illinois land trust, an...

Chief Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
04/13/2023 In re Tayler J. Stewart

22 B 9727

Judge Deborah L. Thorne
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
03/27/2023 David Blazek v. John E. Kubin (In re John E. Kubin)

22-00030, 18-02853

02/14/2023 In re Topica Heath


02/01/2023 Shim v. Kang (In re Amanda Kang)

21-14041, 22-00095

Judge Timothy A. Barnes
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
03/24/2023 Donald A. Stukes, Liquidating Trustee v. John Argoudelis (In re NCW Properties, LLC)

20ap00246, 18bk20215
Upon the motion for summary judgment, brought by the defendant, alleging that the plaintiff has failed to provide any evidence to support two of the elements of fraudulent transfer counts—that the transfer the plaintiff seeks to avoid was property of the debtor and...

03/22/2023 Collum v. City of Chicago, Illinois (In re John C. Collum)

22ap00178, 16bk36530
Upon the motion to dismiss, brought by the defendant, alleging that the court should apply a five-year statute of limitations under limitations borrowing for actions under 11 U.S.C. § 362(k), held:  The defendant has failed to present binding or even persuasive case...

01/27/2023 In re Ace Track Co., Ltd., Debtor in a Foreign Proceeding


Judge Janet S. Baer
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
11/07/2022 In re Harvey Edelstein and Kathleen Mastro-Edelstein

17 B 11461
Harvey Edelstein and Kathleen Mastro-Edelstein (the “Debtors”) filed a motion seeking a determination, pursuant to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 3002.1(h), that: (1) they cured their pre-petition mortgage arrears owed to Bank of America, N.A. (the “Bank”), and (2) the...

Judge Donald R. Cassling
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
11/03/2022 In re Julio C. Zambrano and Dora P. Zambrano

22 B 04462