Hollowell v. JPMorgan Chase National Association

(N.D. Ind. Dec. 22, 2016)

The district court affirms the bankruptcy court’s order lifting the stay to permit the creditor to proceed with the real property foreclosure action. The debtor failed to provide factual or legal support for his claims of fraud by the creditor. Opinion below.

Judge: Miller

Plaintiff: Pro Se

Attorneys for Defendants: Dykema Gossett PLLC, Jordan S. Huttenlocker, Louis S. Chronowski

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Author: Matt Lindblom

Hollowell v. Chase Home Finance

(N.D. Ind. Apr. 5, 2016)

The district court grants the defendants’ motion to dismiss the appeal for being untimely. The debtor filed his notice of appeal outside the 14-day period. Upon the defendants’ motion to dismiss the appeal, the debtor filed a motion to extend the deadline to file the notice of appeal, but that motion was also untimely. Opinion below.

Judge: Simon

Debtor: Pro Se

Attorneys for Defendants: Dykema Gossett PLLC, Louis S. Chronowski, Maria A. Diakoumakis

2016-04-05 – hollowell v chase home finance

Author: Matt Lindblom

Rosco v. Lockhart

(N.D. Ind. Dec. 16, 2015)

The district court affirms the bankruptcy court’s decision finding that the creditor’s assertion of a counterclaim for unpaid rent in the state court action filed by the debtor for return of a security deposit after discharge was not a violation of the stay or the discharge injunction. Opinion below.

2015-12-16 – rosco v lockhart

Author: Matt Lindblom

Bankr. N.D. Ind. Opinions

In re Radtke (Bankr. N.D. Ind. June 9, 2015) – Court sustains trustee’s objection to claimed exemption for real property because property sold on a land contract.

2015-06-09 – in re radtke

Hernandez v. Montgomery (In re Montgomery) (Bankr. N.D. Ind. June 10, 2015) – Court enters judgment in favor of debtor, finding debt dischargeable. The Debtor had failed to disclose that she did not yet own real property when she entered into contract to sell it to plaintiff, but that did not satisfy requirements for finding debt non dischargeable.

2015-06-10 – hernandez-gutierrez v montgomery

In re Sensibaugh (Bankr. N.D. Ind. July 21, 2015) – Court overrules debtor’s objection to claim that had been paid in full after the petition was filed. The court reasons that the claim is accurate as of the petition date and, even though it has been fully paid, it was properly filed.

2015-07-21 – in re sensibaugh

Author: Matt Lindblom

Mileusnic v. Planet Home Lending LLC

(N.D. Ind. Aug. 11, 2015)

The district court grants appellee’s motion to dismiss the appeal. The pro se appellant failed to file an appellate brief by the deadline and failed to explain that failure in response to the motion to dismiss the appeal. Opinion below.

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Author: Matt Lindblom

Arlington Capital LLC v. Bainton McCarthy LLC

(N.D. Ind. June 26, 2015)

The district court affirms the bankruptcy court’s approval of the attorney fee application. The law firm was retained by the trustee to pursue a 11 U.S.C. § 363(n) claim against the purchaser of the chapter 11 debtor’s assets for colluding with bidders to set the sale price. The defendant argued the award of attorney fees was inappropriate because they were not incurred for services “reasonably likely to benefit the debtor’s estate,” as a secured creditor had a lien on the property sold and thus should have recovered any difference between the sale price and the actual value of the property sold. The court holds that the recovery would be “after acquired property” under § 552(a) and thus property of the estate. As such, the attorney fees were incurred to benefit the debtor’s estate. Opinion below.

2015-06-26 – arlington capital llc v bainton mccarthy llc

Author: Matt Lindblom

Simmons v. Crossroads Bank

(N.D. Ind. June 22, 2015)

The district court affirms the bankruptcy court’s order denying the debtor a discharge for making false oaths in connection with his bankruptcy case. The debtor failed to list a number of assets and transactions in his schedules and statement of financial affairs. The creditor filed the complaint to deny the discharge and then amended the complaint well after the deadline for filing such complaints. The debtor argued the amendments should not have been allowed. The court recognizes the narrower standard for amendments to relate back to the original complaint in denial of discharge proceedings, but it holds that here the amendments merely listed additional omissions from the debtor’s filings and served as additional support for the original claim, and thus should relate back to the original filing date. The court also finds that the bankruptcy court did not abuse its discretion in finding the debtor had the requisite intent. Opinion below.

2015-06-22 – simmons v crossroads bank

Author: Matt Lindblom