Harlan v. Nebraska Alliance Realty Company (In re Harlan)

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. Oct. 19, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants summary judgment in favor of the county in this § 542 turnover action. The case involves a matter of first impression regarding a Chapter 13 debtor’s rights in the tax surplus fund provided for in Ind. Code § 6-1.1-24-7. The court determines the debtor had two options as of the petition date: (1) exercise the right of redemption by the statutory deadline or (2) allow the redemption period to expire, divest herself of the property, and then make a claim against the tax surplus fund. As of the petition date, the debtor only holds a contingent interest in the tax surplus fund, and thus an order directing turnover of the fund is inappropriate. Opinion below.

Judge: Moberly

Attorney for Debtor: Steven P. Taylor

Attorney for Defendants: Scott R. Richards, Katherine A. Starks; Douglas J. DeGlopper

2017-10-19 – in re harlan

Author: Matt Lindblom

Spradlin v. Khouri (In re Bruner)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Aug. 10, 2015)

The bankruptcy court grants judgment in favor of the defendants in this turnover action brought by the Chapter 7 trustee. After the petition was filed, the debtor’s mother transferred $50,000 to the debtor’s criminal defense attorney for legal representation. The trustee argued and presented evidence at trial that the funds were actually the debtor’s funds and sought a judgment directing that the $50,000 be turned over to the estate. The bankruptcy court holds that even if the funds originated with the debtor, because the transfer had not been avoided, the funds were no longer property of the estate and thus not subject to turnover under 11 U.S.C. § 542. Opinion below.

2015-08-10 – spradlin v khouri

Author: Matt Lindblom