Stroud v. Parker (In re Parker)

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. May 12, 2017)

The bankruptcy court enters summary judgment against the debtor holding the debt nondischargeable pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(4). The plaintiffs inherited a judgment against the debtor that was based on the debtor’s theft of the decedent’s property. The plaintiffs were the proper parties to bring the claim, as the decedent’s estate assigned the judgment to them, and the requirements of § 523(a)(4) were satisfied. Opinion below.

Judge: Lloyd

Attorneys for Plaintiffs: Crain – Schuette Attorneys, Amanda Lisenby Blakeman

Attorney for Debtor: Alicia C. Johnson

2017-05-12 – in re parker

Author: Matt Lindblom

Bennett v. Cory (In re Mammoth Resource Partners, Inc.)

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Apr. 11, 2017)

The bankruptcy court denies the debtor’s motion to condition the plaintiffs’ voluntary dismissal on payment of the debtor’s attorney fees. The plaintiffs sought to voluntarily dismiss the action without prejudice, but the debtor argued the legal fees paid to date would be wasted if the action was refiled at a later date. The court finds that the available evidence does not establish that the fees were necessary or that the legal work would be wasted and thus the debtor did not show that he would suffer “plain legal prejudice.” The dismissal without prejudice is appropriate and the debtor is not entitled to an award of attorney fees. Opinion below.

Judge: Lloyd

Attorneys for Plaintiffs: Waller Landsden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Ryan K. Cochran, Joseph A. Woodruff

Attorney for Defendant: Kenneth A. Meredith, II

2017-04-11 – in re mammoth resource partners

Author: Matt Lindblom

Spearman v. Commonwealth Credit Union

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Mar. 9, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants summary judgment in favor of the creditor in this adversary proceeding in which the debtor alleged violations of the automatic stay and claims under the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. The court holds that the creditor bank’s restriction of the debtor’s electronic privileges with respect to her accounts did not violate the automatic stay. Opinion below.

Judge: Stout

Attorney for Debtor: Ross Benjamin Neuhauser

Attorney for Creditor: Christopher M. Hill

2017-03-09 – in re spearman

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Buckman

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Mar. 9, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants the secured creditor’s motion for stay relief because it was inadequately protected as a result of there being insufficient funds to make the first payment to the creditor under the confirmed Chapter 12 plan. Opinion below.

Judge: Lloyd

Atttorneys for the Debtor: Kaplan & Partners LLP, James Edwin McGhee, III, Charity Bird Neukomm

Attorneys for Creditor:  Andrews Law Firm, PLLC, Ashley Sanders Cox

2017-03-09 – in re buckman

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Perkins

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Feb. 1, 2017)

The bankruptcy court denies the creditor’s request for default rate interest on the secured claim. The value of the real property securing the claim was in excess of the claim amount. Case law establishes that there is a presumption in favor of the contractual rate of interest, but it is subject to rebuttal when evidence establishes the default rate is significantly higher without justification. Here, the default rate doubled the non-default rate and the court finds there was no justification under the evidence presented. Opinion below.

Judge: Lloyd

Attorney for Debtor: Sandra D. Freeburger

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

2017-02-01-in-re-perkins

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Lockhart

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Jan. 17, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants the creditor’s motion for sanctions, and awards the creditor her attorney fees. The debtor filed the Chapter 13 petition for the stated purpose of obtaining more time to obtain a reduction in his maintenance obligation owed to the creditor in the state court. The bankruptcy court finds that this was a violation of Bankruptcy Rule 9011(b). Opinion below.

Judge: Lloyd

Attorney for Debtor: Naber & Joyner, J. Gregory Joyner

Attorney for Creditor: Joseph S. Elder II

2017-01-17-in-re-lockhart

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Perkins

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Dec. 22, 2016)

The bankruptcy court overrules the creditor’s objection and confirms the Chapter 12 plan. The creditor argued that the debtor was not a “family farmer,” and thus did not qualify for Chapter 12. The court finds that the debtor had sufficient income from the farming operation to satisfy the Code’s definition, which definition the court construes broadly. Further, the court finds the debtor’s debt level does not exceed the debt limitation for Chapter 12. The court looks only to the debtor’s schedules, rather than adding the scheduled debt to the debt reflected in the filed claims. Opinion below.

Judge: Lloyd

Attorney for Debtor: Sandra D. Freeburger

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

2016-12-22-in-re-perkins

Author: Matt Lindblom