Cox v. Nostaw, Inc. (In re Central Illinois Energy Cooperative)

(7th Cir. Feb. 8, 2017)

The Seventh Circuit denies the trustee’s motion to dismiss his appeal and remand so that the bankruptcy court could approve the settlement between the parties, as the bankruptcy court recently indicated that it would approve the settlement. The court denies the motion because Appellate Procedure Rule 12.1 requires that the district court indicate that it would grant the same relief as the bankruptcy court. Opinion below.

Judge: Ripple

Attorneys for Trustee: Riordan, Fulkerson, Hupert & Coleman, Alan Fulkerson

Attorneys for Appellee: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, Thomas W. O’Neal

2017-02-08-in-re-central-illinois-energy-cooperative

Author: Matt Lindblom

BCL-Sheffield, LLC v. Gemini Int’l, Inc. (In re Tolomeo)

The Seventh Circuit dismisses the appeal, holding that the bankruptcy court’s final order implementing the district court’s order directing turnover of assets to the bankruptcy estate was valid, because it resolved a core proceeding. The appellants contended that it was a non-core proceeding and thus required a district court order to be final. Opinion below.

Judge: Posner

Attorney for Appellants: Jordan Law P.C., Terrence M Jordan

Attorneys for Appellees: Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, Jason B. Hirsh, George J. Spathis, Sugar, Friedberg & Felsenthal, Elizabeth Vandesteeg

2016-08-11 – in re tolomeo

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Sobczak-Slomczewski

(7th Cir. June 13, 2016)

The Seventh Circuit holds that Bankruptcy Rule 8002(a)’s 14-day time limit for filing a notice of appeal is jurisdictional. Thus, the debtor’s appeal was properly dismissed because it was filed on the fifteenth day after entry of the order. While this court had clearly held the rule was jurisdictional in prior opinions, it revisited the issue in light of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Bowles v. Russell (2007) and Kontrick v. Ryan (2004). The court finds that the rule is not merely a claim-processing rule as described in those opinions. Opinion below.

Appellant: Pro Se

Attorneys for Appellee: Meltzer, Purtill & Steele LLC, David L. Kane, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Jeffrey McIntyre

2016-06-13 – in re sobczak-slomczewski

Author: Matt Lindblom

Church Joint Venture, L.P. v. Blasingame (In re Blasingame)

(6th Cir. June 6, 2016)

The Sixth Circuit affirms the B.A.P. and dismisses the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Following the principal creditor’s objection, the bankruptcy court denied the trustee and debtors’ motion to approve a settlement of a legal malpractice claim held by the estate. The debtors appealed. The court finds that the appealed order was not a final order that could be appealed because the debtors were free to propose a new settlement for approval. Opinion below.

Judge: Kethledge

Attorneys for Debtors: Evans Petree, David J. Cocke, Glankler Brown, Michael P. Coury

Attorneys for Appellees: Cantey Hanger, Bruce W. Akerly

2016-06-07 – in re blasingame

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

Schaumburg Bank & Trust Co., N.A. v. Alsterda

(7th Cir. Mar. 4, 2016)

The Seventh Circuit dismisses the appeal because the order appealed from was not a final order. The bankruptcy court overruled the creditor’s objection to the trustee’s motion to approve a settlement of a fraudulent transfer claim. The creditor had obtained a state court judgment on the same claim after obtaining stay relief (although not expressly for pursuing that claim). The court holds that the order addressed a discrete issue rather than a discrete dispute and thus was not a final and appealable order. The creditor could still receive the bulk of the bankruptcy estate’s assets due to its secured claim, and thus the fact that it would not do so through the fraudulent transfer claim did not constitute resolution of a discrete dispute. Opinion below.

2016-03-04 – schaumburg bank and trust v alsterda

Author: Matt Lindblom

Platt v. CitiMortgage, Inc.

(S.D. Ind. Feb. 2, 2016)

The district court grants the creditor’s motion to dismiss the appeal as untimely. The pro se debtors filed their notice of appeal of a stay relief order three days after the 14-day period per Bankruptcy Rule 8002 had expired. The debtors’ argument that the motion for relief from stay was not served upon them properly was not supported by the record and even if the allegations were true, they failed to explain the untimeliness of the notice of appeal after the order granting stay relief was entered. Opinion below.

2016-02-02 – platt v citimortgage

Author: Matt Lindblom