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Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
03/14/2022 In re Donald T. Krihak, II

14 B 574

03/07/2022 In re Julio A. and Bonnie L. Garcia

22 B 130

01/12/2022 Patrick S. Layng, U.S. Trustee v. Waseem Khan (In re Waseem Khan)

20 B 17315, 21 A 67

11/05/2021 Shawn S. Prate

19 B 9980

Judge Timothy A. Barnes
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
03/11/2022 In re Marshall Spiegel

On a debtor’s objection to the claim of the issuing bank which holds a letter of credit to back the debtor’s appeal of litigation sanctions against, held: The debtor argues that the terms of the letter of credit should be strictly enforced against the issuing bank, while not...

03/04/2022 In re Bruce K. Propst

Following the debtor’s reopening of a discharged, no asset chapter 7 case nearly six years after the case’s first closure and on the debtor’s motion seeking avoidance of a previously unavoided judgment lien, held:  While the avoidance of a lien might be considered ordinary...

12/06/2021 Cordova v. City of Chicago (In re Emelida Cordova)

19bk06255, 19ap00684
Upon the motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ complaint, brought by the defendant for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), held:  the motion to dismiss is largely predicated on the belief that the...

10/29/2021 Herzog v. Ferguson (In re Eric Ferguson)

20bk17679, 20ap00426
Upon the complaint, brought by plaintiff/trustee, objecting to the defendant/debtor’s discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(5) based on the debtor’s failure to satisfactorily explain the dissipation of $70,159.22 in the year prior to filing for bankruptcy, following...

Chief Judge Jacqueline P. Cox
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
03/09/2022 In re Gordon Green

21 B 06189
The Chapter 7 Trustee objected to the Debtor’s claim of exemption relating to a retirement plan organized under Canadian law. The court interpreted relevant federal and Illinois statutes in sustaining the objection.  Illinois law governs exemption of assets in bankruptcy...

11/12/2021 In re Robert M. Kowalski

18 BK 09130
A receiver appointed by a domestic relations judge seeks over $150,000 in administrative expenses for discovering assets that did not bring value to the bankruptcy estate.  The request was denied.

10/13/2021 Paloian v. Byline Bancorp, Inc. et al. (In re Robert M. Kowalski)

18 BK 09130, 19 AP 00626
The Trustee filed an adversary proceeding against Byline Bank alleging conversion and violation of the automatic stay because the bank cashed cashier’s checks for the Debtor and his sister that the Debtor purchased pre-petition. The sister, an attorney,...

Judge David D. Cleary
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
02/23/2022 In re: Tracy Drake

21 B 4903
Tax purchaser Integrity objected to confirmation of chapter 13 plan on the grounds that the interest rate Debtor proposed did not provide Integrity with the present value of the allowed amount of its claim as required by 11 U.S.C. § 1325(a)(5)(B)(ii).  HELD: Objection...

02/17/2022 In re: Robert Smith, Jr.

21 B 12101
Debtor filed a chapter 13 plan that proposed to separately classify a nondischargeable claim and pay it in full while other unsecured creditors receive a 10% distribution.  The Chapter 13 Trustee objected to confirmation on the grounds that the plan unfairly discriminated...

12/17/2021 In re Cecilia Gonzalez

21 B 1498
Mortgagee Byline Bank sought to vacate confirmation of Debtor’s chapter 13 plan under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b).  HELD: Motion denied.  First, Byline’s mistake in confusing this debtor with another did not support relief under Rule 60(b)(1) for “mistake, inadvertence, surprise,...

11/24/2021 In re Golden Fleece Beverages, Inc.

21 B 12228
Attorneys filed application to be employed as a subchapter V chapter 11 debtor’s substitute counsel.  Their application included a request for approval of a postpetition retainer.  The U.S. Trustee objected, arguing that the Bankruptcy Code does not expressly provide for...

Judge Deborah L. Thorne
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
02/16/2022 Republic Bank of Chicago v. Spero A. Poulos (In re Spero A. Poulos)

20-05379, 20-00388

01/05/2022 In re Magnolia Storage and Logistics, LLC


12/08/2021 Latonya D. Kitchen and Karensa Hutchens v. Fund Recovery Services, LLC (In re Argon Credit LLC)

16-39654, 21-00048

Judge Thomas M. Lynch
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
02/07/2022 In re David R. Faccone


Judge Donald R. Cassling
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
11/16/2021 In re Jelena Dordevic

20 B 09807