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Judge Janet S. Baer
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
05/25/2021 PNC Bank, N.A. v. Paul L. Leongas (In re Paul L. Leongas)

15 B 27967, 16 A 00489
Plaintiff PNC Bank, N.A. (“PNC”) filed an adversary complaint against Paul L. Leongas (the “Debtor”), seeking a denial of the Debtor’s discharge pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §§ 727(a)(2), (a)(3), (a)(4)(A), (a)(4)(D), and (a)(6). PNC argued that the Debtor was not...

Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
05/17/2021 Ilene F. Goldstein, chapter 7 trustee v. William Haas and Thinheat LLC (In re VitaHEAT Medical, LLC)

18 B 35295, 20 A 00406

12/16/2020 In re Michael Hughes

18 B 11700

Judge Deborah L. Thorne
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
04/23/2021 In re Aldo Mandile

20 B 04886

02/17/2021 N. Neville Reid, Trustee v. Michael Wolf, et al. (In re Michael A. Wolf)

14 B 27066, 16 A 00481

02/02/2021 In re Laurel A. Bird


Chief Judge Jacqueline P. Cox
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
04/09/2021 Sharif v. Horace Fox Jr., et al., (In re Richard Sharif)

09 B 05868, 20 A 00399
This adversary proceeding is Debtor Richard Sharif’s latest attempt to undo a default judgment he caused to be entered in 2010 denying him a discharge and declaring a trust to be his alter ego, making it property of the bankruptcy estate.
He alleges that...

03/29/2021 In re Jessie M. Knight

16 B 32994
The Debtor’s attorney has been ordered to submit an accounting of $8,300 received in settlement of a Motion for Sanctions.  A creditor refused to release title/lien on a vehicle where the underlying debt had been discharged in a completed chapter 13 case.  Because the...

02/04/2021 Joseph C. Sheehan

20 B 07130
The court denied a Chapter 11 debtor’s Motion Pursuant to Rule 2004 to examine individuals and entities in Ireland and the United Kingdom for two reasons:  (1) he had not served them according to the Hague Service Convention, noting that the rules that allow nationwide...

Judge Thomas M. Lynch
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
03/30/2021 Thomas G. Gialamas v. Fiduciary Partners Trust Company and Old Sauk Trails Park Limited Partnership (In re Thomas G. Gialamas)

18-13341 (Western District of Wisconsin), 20-00062
In this adversary proceeding, the Debtor sought declaratory judgment that claims he may have in his capacity as primary beneficiary of a spendthrift trust were outside the scope of a broad waiver and release of claims contained in the...

03/24/2021 In re Michael J. Sandberg

The United States Trustee moved to dismiss the Debtor’s bankruptcy under section 707(b) arguing that granting relief would constitute an abuse of chapter 7. After an evidentiary hearing, the court found that the Debtor failed to rebut the presumption of abuse reflected in his...

03/09/2021 Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union v. Tomasz Lemiszka (In re Tomasz Lemiszka)

19-82572, 19-96032
Creditor sought leave under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7015 to amend its adversary complaint to add Bankruptcy Code sections 727(a)(2)(A) and (a)(4)(A) claims objecting to discharge. That request, however, came more than six months after discovery had closed, after the...

02/01/2021 William Perez v. State Bank (In re William Perez)

16-82933, 18-96030
On cross-motions for summary judgment on the Debtor’s adversary complaint seeking declaratory relief as to the meaning and effect of three reaffirmation agreements previously authorized after notice and hearing, the court granted judgment in favor of State Bank and...

Judge Timothy A. Barnes
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03/26/2021 In re Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Upon the Foreign Representatives’ Motion for Order Granting Full Force and Effect to German Confirmation Order Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §§ 105(a), 1521(a), 1525(a), and 1527 and Granting Related Relief and upon the pro se objection raised by a creditor of the debtor in this...

03/05/2021 Joel F. Handler v. Emily Moore (In re Emily Moore)

19bk31162, 20ap00074
Upon the debtor-defendant’s default in this nondischargeability adversary proceeding, held: the plaintiff has established by a preponderance of the evidence that the debtor made certain misrepresentations. While those misrepresentations are generally not...

02/05/2021 David P. Liebowitz, as Chapter 7 Trustee for the Estate of Gayety Candy Co., Inc. v. Kalamata Capital LLC,... (In re Gayety Candy Co., Inc.)

18bk32437, 20ap00010
Upon the crossing motions for summary judgment brought by the Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue to determine priority of liens under section 506, the IRS and IDOR each assert that no genuine issue of material fact exists necessitating...

Judge David D. Cleary
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
03/16/2021 Audette v. Goldman (In re Concepts America, Inc.)

14 B 34232, 16 A 691
Defendants asked the court to compel Plaintiff to produce documents identified as privileged, asserting that Plaintiff placed the documents “at issue” and waived privilege.  Held: under federal law, at-issue waiver occurs when a party affirmatively puts at issue...

03/02/2021 In re Concepts America, Inc.

14 B 34232
Applicant requested allowance and payment of administrative expense claim as a “substantial contribution” to the case pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 503(b)(3)(D).  Held: Section 503(b)(3)(D) does not support the allowance of an administrative expense claim in a case under chapter...

01/14/2021 Grant Manny and Katharine Lennox vs. Eric M. Udelhoven (In re Eric M. Udelhoven)

19 B 4105, 19 A 918
Plaintiffs sought a determination that their claim was nondischargeable and that the Debtor/Defendant’s discharge should be denied.  Held: Plaintiffs’ contract was with an LLC of which Defendant was the sole member.  The corporate veil would not be pierced.  Even...

Judge Donald R. Cassling
Date Issuedsort ascending Description
01/20/2021 Villa Oaks, LLC v. Sohail A. Shakir (In re Sohail A. Shakir)

20 B 01252, 20 A 00352