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Judge David D. Cleary
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
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,...

09/30/2022 In re: Linda Stamps

19 B 21730
In accordance with section 3.1 of Debtor’s confirmed plan, the chapter 13 Trustee sought recovery of funds distributed to the City of Chicago after relief from stay as to the City’s collateral was granted to another creditor.  The City brought a motion to enforce the plan...

09/16/2022 Bert Friedman and Julie Solomon v. Michael Lawrence Harshfield (In re: Michael Lawrence Harshfield)

21 B 11947, 22 A 8
Plaintiffs invested in a company for which Defendant was a managing member.  They have not received any return on their investment and brought a four count complaint seeking to except their claim from Defendant’s discharge.  HELD: Plaintiffs did not plead sufficient...

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

10/11/2022 Heiligman, Ch. 7 Trustee v. Knight

22-00504, 22-00096

09/28/2022 In re Eugene Nakhshin


09/15/2022 Latonya D. Kitchen and Karensa Hutchens v. Fund Recovery Services, LLC (In re Argon Credit LLC)

16-39654, 21-00048

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...

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

Upon the motion the request of the counsel to the foreign representative in a foreign main proceeding recognized pursuant under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, held: a foreign representative has a duty to his or her counsel in the United States and to the United States...

Chief Judge Jacqueline P. Cox
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
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...

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)...

10/11/2022 The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of LB Steel, LLC v. Steelcast Limited and Steelcast, LLC (LB Steel, LLC)

15 B 35358, 17 A 00390
The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (the “Committee”) of LB Steel, LLC (the “Debtor”) filed an adversary complaint against Steelcast Limited (“Steelcast”) under 11 U.S.C. §§ 547(b), 550(a), and 502(d), seeking avoidance and recovery of $252,393 in...

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

22 B 04462