In re Todd

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. April 24, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants the debtor’s motion, finding the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in contempt for violation of the debtor’s discharge. The department garnished the debtor’s wages post-discharge based on a claim that the debtor improperly received benefits from the department prepetition. The department argued it was collecting on a post-petition claim because it had not determined the debtor was liable until after the petition date. The court rejects that argument, finding the department had a prepetition claim because it was based on prepetition conduct of the debtor. The department’s date of finding of liability did not control. Opinion below.

Judge: Lorch

Attorneys for Debtor: Kinkade & Associates, P.C., Kevin S. Kinkade

Attorney for Department: Megan E. Binder

2017-04-24 – in re todd

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Dior

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. Apr. 14, 2017)

The court grants the debtor’s motion for a hardship discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 1328(b)(1). The debtor had made 44 plan payments but was unable to make the 16 remaining payments. The court finds the recent change in the debtor’s economic circumstances warranted the relief requested. Opinion below.

Judge: Carr

Attorney for Debtor: Steven P. Taylor

2017-04-14 – in re dior

Author: Matt Lindblom

 

Community First Bank of Indiana v. Galyan (In re Galyan)

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. Apr. 13, 2017)

Following trial, the bankruptcy court enters judgment against the debtor, finding the loan debt owed to the bank is nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(B). The court finds that the debtor made false representations with respect to his ownership interest in real property and the existence of a debt owed, which representations were reasonably relied upon by the bank when making the loan. Opinion below.

Judge: Carr

Attorneys for Plaintiff: Riley Bennett & Egloff, LLP, Anthony R. Jost

Attorney for Defendant: KC Cohen

2017-04-13 – in re galyan

Author: Matt Lindblom

Friedmeyer v. Breath of Life O2, LLC (In re Breath of Life Home Medical Equipment and Respiratory Services, Inc.)

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. Mar. 20, 2017)

The bankruptcy court denies the defendants’ motion to dismiss, with the exception of one claim for equitable subordination against one of the defendants. The complaint filed by the trustee asserted counts for veil piercing, fraud and fraudulent transfer, preference avoidance, breach of fiduciary duty, and a demand for accounting and turnover. Opinion below.

Judge: Moberly

Attorney for Trustee: Mark A. Warsco

Attorneys for Defendants: Alerding Castor Hewitt LLP, Michael J. Alerding, Julia E. Dimick, Mitchell Alan Greene, Anthony Frederick Roach; Abraham Murphy

2017-03-20 – in re breath of life home medical

Author: Matt Lindblom

Hunt v. Spencer (In re Spencer)

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. Feb. 24, 2017)

The bankruptcy court denies the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment in this nondischargeability action under 11 U.S.C. §§ 523(a)(2), (4), and (6). The plaintiff argued that a state court judgment collaterally estopped the debtor from defending against the claims. The court holds that the findings in the state court judgment are insufficient to prevent the debtor from asserting a defense in this action. Opinion below.

Judge: Carr

Attorney for Plaintiff: Mulvey Law LLC, Joseph L. Mulvey

Attorney for Debtor: Mercho Caughey & DeLay, Tarek Elias Mercho

2017-02-24-in-re-spencer

Author: Matt Lindblom

Hovious v. Bridgewater Homeowners Association, Inc. (In re Hovious)

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. Feb. 15, 2017)

The bankruptcy court enters judgment in favor of the debtor and against the home owners’ association but does not award any damages. The debtor argued the HOA violated the discharge injunction when it attempted to collect post-petition dues from the debtor. The debtor intended to surrender the property, but it was not clear whether the debtor had ceased occupying the residence based on evidence presented. The court finds that the HOA may have technically violated the discharge injunction but had proceeded in good faith and pursuant to a reasonable interpretation of applicable law. Opinion below.

Judge: Carr

Attorney for Debtor: Mark S. Zuckerberg

Attorney for Defendant: Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel, P.C., Stephen Robert Donham

2017-02-15-in-re-hovious

Author: Matt Lindblom

Indiana Department of Workforce Development v. Burge (In re Burge)

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. Feb. 2, 2017)

The bankruptcy court makes additional findings of fact following the appeal and remand. The court’s original judgment stands, as the court concludes again that the plaintiff failed to prove that the debtor should have known of the fraud committed with his accounts. Opinion below

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Judge: Carr

Attorneys for Plaintiff: Jackson Kelly, PLLC, Spencer W. Tanner; Office of the Attorney General, Heather M. Crockett, Maricel E.V. Skiles

Attorneys for Debtor: Redman Ludwig, Keith Eirik Gifford

2017-02-02-in-re-burge

Author: Matt Lindblom