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Judge Jacqueline P. Cox
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
06/29/2020 In re Robert M. Kowalski

18 B 09130
The Federal Deposit Insurance Company objected to proofs of claim filed by attorneys who represented the Debtor’s spouse in a dissolution of marriage case. The state court awarded fees to the attorneys in connection with establishing support owed to the Debtor’s former spouse...

02/06/2020 In re Marcella Marie Mance

19 B 33057
In reliance on a recent ruling in In re Wigfall, 606 B.R. 784, the court avoided the City of Chicago’s lien on the Debtor’s vehicle after finding that it was a judicial lien subject to avoidance under Section 522(f) of the Bankruptcy Code.  The City contended that it was a...

01/16/2020 In re Edison Mission Energy, et. al

12 B 49219
The court denied Mar-Bow Value Partners’ motion for leave to reopen these jointly administered cases as an amicus to address McKinsey Recovery & Transformation’s Rule 2014 disclosures which were submitted several years ago to secure court appointment as the Debtors’...

12/19/2019 Pavletich v. Rose (In re Karen S. Rose)

18 B 21202, 19 A 00107
The Debtor Karen S. Rose was found liable to Plaintiff Steven Pavletich in state court for $250,000 on a defamation claim.  She published statements on social media that the Plaintiff cheated on his wife.  This adversary trial covered only her defense that the...

12/03/2019 In re John W. Fliss

15 B 29567
A bank obtained a judgment in state court on a loan to two businesses that the Debtor had guaranteed.  One of the Debtor’s co-obligors arranged to have an entity he controlled buy the judgment rather than pay to have the judgment released, thereby allowing the entity to seek...

Judge Timothy A. Barnes
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
06/19/2020 Andrew J. Maxwell, trustee for the estate of Horizon Group Management, LLC v. United States of America (In re Horizon Group Management, LLC)

14bk41230, 16ap00465
On the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, seeking judgment in its favor on its good faith transferee for value defense under 11 U.S.C. § 548(c) to the trustee’s fraudulent transfer claims, held:  The defendant has established grounds for summary judgment under...

12/05/2019 Jeffrey Michael Davis v. Conduent, National Student Loan Program...(In re Jeffrey Michael Davis)

18bk04521, 18ap00185
On a plaintiff-debtor’s adversary complaint, seeking a discharge of presumptively nondischargeable student loan debt pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(8)(A), held: the plaintiff-debtor has failed to show by a preponderance of the evidence that he would suffer an undue...

Judge Donald R. Cassling
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
06/03/2020 In re Hitz Restaurant Group

20 B 05012

01/28/2020 In re Louis John Capra

19 B 15935

12/23/2019 In Re Sabrina Fay Lofton

19 B 23136

Chief Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
06/01/2020 Chad A. Groom v. Patrick L. Krook (In re Patrick L. Krook)

19 B 2216, 19 A 00982

01/13/2020 In re Joseph Van

16 B 19075

12/18/2019 CR Adventures LLC d/b/a CR Farms v. Michael Hughes (In re Michael Hughes)

18 B 11700, 18 A 00257

Judge Janet S. Baer
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
04/30/2020 Dimitri Karras v. Bryce Stirlen (In re Bryce Stirlen)

17 B 06666, 17 A 00424
Dimitri Karras filed an adversary complaint against Bryce Stirlen, seeking a determination that a debt owed to him by Stirlen was not dischargeable pursuant to §§ 523(a)(2)(A), (a)(4), and (a)(6). In response, Stirlen filed a counterclaim, asserting that he was...

01/21/2020 In re Fayyaz Karim and Lisa A. Karim

18 B 28055
Debtor Fayyaz Karim (“Karim”) filed a motion for entry of an order of contempt against the Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”), alleging that IDOR had violated the discharge injunction by attempting to collect a penalty debt that had been discharged in his chapter 7...

11/15/2019 In re Gerald O. McInerney

16 B 40442
Gina B. Krol (the "Trustee"), chapter 7 trustee for the bankruptcy estate of Gerald O. McInerney (the "Debtor"), filed a motion for turnover of the estate’s interest in the Debtor’s federal and state income tax refunds for 2016 pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §§ 541 and 542. At issue...

Judge Deborah L. Thorne
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
04/08/2020 In re Ann Terrell


01/21/2020 3991 Transport Company. Inc. v. Carolyn Alexander (In re 3991 Transport Company Inc.)

19-14253, 19-00866

Judge Thomas M. Lynch
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
03/31/2020 Deborah Aeschliman v. Cherie Lynne Vraney (In re Vraney)

18-82365, 19-96005
In adversary proceeding brought following Plaintiff’s ouster from retail joint venture, judgment entered in favor of Debtor following trial on objections to discharge under § 523(a)(2)(A) and § 523(a)(6) after finding, among other things, that (1) Plaintiff did not...

Judge David D. Cleary
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
03/31/2020 In re Pericles S. Couchell

19 B 7328
Adversary plaintiff filed his complaint objecting to discharge and dischargeability 19 minutes after the deadline expired.  He asked the court to excuse the late filing.  Held: the excusable neglect standard of Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9006(b)(1) does not apply to complaints brought...