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Chief Judge Jacqueline P. Cox
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
08/30/2019 In re Royalty Properties, LLC

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...

04/20/2019 In re James Thigpen

17 B 10161
The Debtor James Thigpen maintained two Social Security numbers and made false statements to obtain Supplemental Security Income ("SSI") benefits he was not entitled to.  He pleaded guilty and was convicted of embezzling money belonging to the United States.  The sentencing...

Judge Thomas M. Lynch
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08/29/2019 In re Samuel T. Rowell

Debtor’s objection to claim asserted by former tenants sustained in part and overruled in part. Claim for unjust enrichment based on Claimants’ contribution to purchase of property allowed; remainder of claim barred by the statute of frauds or the terms of the lease agreement...

08/06/2019 Michael Draka v. Joshua J. Andrea (In re Andrea)

18-80357, 18-96014
Judgment entered in favor of Debtor on objection to discharge under § 523(a)(6) after finding that Plaintiff did not meet his burden of proving that the Debtor was liable for a debt for willful and malicious injury arising out of a motorcycle accident.

06/27/2019 In re Thomas G. Gialamas

18-13341 (Western District of Wisconsin)
Debtor’s opposed first motion under section 1121 to extend the exclusivity periods to file and obtain acceptance of a chapter 11 plan of reorganization granted based in part on pending cross-motions for summary judgment in a preference action...

05/10/2019 Jerome Maurice Davis v. CitiMortgage, Inc. (In re Davis)

11-81785, 14-96129
The court relinquished jurisdiction and dismissed without prejudice the Debtor’s adversary complaint challenging the validity of CitiMortgage, Inc.’s asserted lien in the Debtor’s residence. Because the bankruptcy case had closed, the plan had completed, and the...

02/27/2019 In re Brian and Jodi Colberg and Colberg Trucking, LLC (case 18-81064)

Final applications for approval of fees and expenses of Debtors’ counsel granted in part and denied in part. Based on objections by the Chapter 12 Trustee, the court disallowed certain entries due to excessive time billed, duplication of services, unnecessary proceedings, and...

02/15/2019 In re Xhevdet and Fize Rushani

USDA’s motion in chapter 13 case for relief from the automatic stay to pursue a foreclosure against Debtors’ residence granted after finding that Debtors were in default on the terms of the confirmed plan without justification or a request for modification and the...

02/01/2019 Michael Draka v. Joshua J. Andrea (In re Andrea)

18-80357, 18-96014
Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on determination of nondischargeability under § 523(a)(6) was denied after finding default judgment in state court not entitled to collateral estoppel.

Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
08/06/2019 In re Judith K. Begoun

13 B 27604

07/18/2019 Ilene F. Goldstein v. Jason Lewis Zilberbrand (In re Jason Lewis Zilberbrand)

17 B 4034, 19 A 129

03/29/2019 In re Bruno Ranieri

15 B 20765

Judge Donald R. Cassling
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
07/16/2019 In re Parkland Properties, LLC, et al.

13 B 22702

03/06/2019 Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union v. Maxwell (In re Robert Kevin Maxwell)

15 B 36715, 17 A 00480

Judge Janet S. Baer
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
05/23/2019 Brenda P. Helms v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Michael K. O’Malley, Tracy Zellmer, and TAMO, LLC (Michael K. O’Malley)

13 B 10864, 16 A 00552
Chapter 7 trustee and plaintiff Brenda P. Helms filed an adversary complaint against Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, debtor Michael K. O’Malley, his spouse Tracy Zellmer, and Zellmer’s company TAMO, LLC, seeking: a declaratory judgment that O’Malley’s...

04/25/2019 Christopher Salgado v. David E. Lenoci, II (In re David E. Lenoci, II)

16 A 00223, 15 B 04436
Plaintiff Christopher Salgado filed an adversary complaint against debtor-defendant David E. Lenoci, II, seeking a determination that a state court judgment debt for battery is not dischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6).  Salgado alleged that Lenoci struck...

03/22/2019 George Burciaga v. Alex D. Moglia (George Burciaga)

18 B 13481, 18 A 00212
Debtor George Burciaga filed an adversary complaint against chapter 7 trustee Alex D. Moglia, seeking a determination that certain severance pay is not property of the estate under 11 U.S.C. § 541(a)(1) but, rather, constitutes excluded post-petition earnings...

Judge Deborah L. Thorne
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05/22/2019 Cheryl Holman v. Johnson & Johnson


Judge Timothy A. Barnes
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
04/30/2019 In re Christina Woodruff

On a chapter 13 debtor’s claim objection seeking a determination from the court of the nature, validity and amount of a tax purchaser’s claim in a chapter 13 case where the deadline to redeem the property taxes in question expired prepetition but no tax deed has been issued...

04/15/2019 In re Class A Properties Five, LLC

Upon the motion to dismiss brought by a creditor, alleging that the debtor filed a second petition for bankruptcy in violation of a court order that dismissed the debtor’s first bankruptcy case with prejudice, held: The dismissal of the debtor’s first case under bad faith...