Kendrick v. Rister (In re Rister)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. May 18, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants the defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings in this vehicle lien avoidance action. The debtor entered into a sale contract for purchase of the vehicle on the day before the petition was filed, but the certificate of title was not transferred to the debtor until after the petition was filed. Accordingly, the court finds that the vehicle is not property of the estate and the complaint should be dismissed. The court permits the trustee a period of time in which to file an amended complaint based on the trustee’s assertion that the estate may include rights under the sale contract. Opinion below.

Judge: Wise

Attorney for Trustee: Michael B. Baker

Attorneys for Defendants: Steiden Law Offices, Eric A. Steiden; Frost Brown Todd LLC, Paige Leigh Ellerman, Adam J. Webb; Aaron J. Nash; Patricia L. Johsnon

2017-05-18 – in re rister

Author: Matt Lindblom

Spradlin v. Monday Coal, LLC (In re Licking River Mining, LLC)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Apr. 13, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants the defendant’s motion to dismiss except with respect to payments received from the debtor within the 90-day prepetition preference period. The court first finds that the trustee failed to state a claim for avoidance of alleged preferential transfers made outside the 90-day period because the facts alleged did not show that the defendant was an “insider” as defined in the bankruptcy code or a “non-statutory insider” under case law. The trustee also failed to allege facts sufficient to support various other claims to avoid transfers to the defendant. Opinion below.

Judge: Wise

Attorneys for Trustee: Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Claude R. Bowles, Jr., Daniel J. Donnellon, Jamies R. Irving, April A. Wimberg

Attorneys for Defendant: Stites & Harbison, Brian H. Meldrum, Brian R. Pollock

2017-04-13 – in re licking river mining

Author: Matt Lindblom

Kiskaden v. LVNV Funding, LLC (In re Kiskaden)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Apr. 10, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants in part and denies in part the defendant lender’s motion to compel arbitration of claims asserted in the debtor’s complaint. The court first finds that the arbitration agreement is valid and that the claims are within its scope. The court then holds that, for certain claims, arbitration would conflict with the underlying purposes of the bankruptcy code. Thus, those claims remain with the bankruptcy court, while the other claims are to be arbitrated. Opinion below.

Judge: Wise

Attorney for Debtor: Strauss Troy, Robert R Sparks, Matthew T. Sanning

Attorney for Defendant: Derek W. Edwards, Stanley E Graham, Daniel Hitchcock

2017-04-07 – in re kiskaden

Author: Matt Lindblom

Spradlin v. Pryor Cashman (In re Licking River Mining, LLC)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Mar. 24, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants in part and denies in part the defendant’s motion to dismiss in this fraudulent and preferential transfer avoidance action. The trustee’s amended complaint failed to state claims based on certain transfers, but did state a preferential transfer claim.

Judge: Wise

Attorneys for Trustee: Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Claude R.Bowles, Jr., Daniel J. Donnellon, Alex S. Rodger

Attorneys for Defendant: Ross M. Bagley, Gideon Cashman, Eric M. Fishman, Adam R. Kegley

2017-03-24 – in re licking river mining

Author: Matt Lindblom

Feldman v. Pearl (In re Pearl)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Mar. 8, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants the creditor’s motion to dismiss the debtor’s counterclaim in this nondischargeability action. The debtor failed to state a claim for conversion under Kentucky law. The debtor also failed to state claims under Kentucky’s statutes governing corporations, derivative actions, and shareholder claims. Opinion below.

Judge: Wise

Attorney for Debtor: Stuart P. Brown

Attorney for Creditor: Michael L. Baker

2017-03-08 – in re pearl

Author: Matt Lindblom

 

 

Palmer v. Paul Miller Ford, Inc. (In re Lainhart)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Feb. 2, 2017)

The bankruptcy court enters summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff trustee. The trustee sought to obtain title to a truck sold to the debtor prepetition by the defendant dealer. The dealer had not provided a certificate of title, but the debtor did receive physical possession of the truck pursuant to a bona fide sale. The court finds in favor of the trustee after applying Kentucky’s comprehensive automated motor vehicle registration and titling system contained in KRS §§ 186A.010-186A.990. Opinion below.

Judge: Schaaf

Attorneys for Trustee: Brackney Law Office, PLLC, Peter Brackney

Attorneys for Defendant: Miller, Griffin & Marks, Carroll M. Redford, III

2017-02-02-in-re-lainhart

Author: Matt Lindblom

HIJ Industries, Inc. v. Roy (In re Roy)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Jan. 26, 2017)

The bankruptcy court enters judgment in favor of the debtor, dismissing claims under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6) and § 727(a)(2)(A). The plaintiff argued that the debtor executed a scheme that intentionally injured the plaintiff because the debtor became unable to pay on promissory notes. The Court finds that the plaintiff did not establish that the debtor willfully and maliciously injured the plaintiff. Also, while the debtor had transferred title to a truck from his sole ownership to joint ownership with his wife within a year of the bankruptcy petition, the plaintiff failed to establish the requisite intent. Opinion below.

Judge: Wise

Attorney for Plaintiff: Tricia A. Shackelford

Attorney for Debtor: John M. Simms

2017-01-26-in-re-roy

Author: Matt Lindblom