In re Dickson

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Nov. 22, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants the the creditors’ motion for sanctions pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 9011. The creditors argued that the debtor filed her Chapter 11 petition in bad faith. The court finds that sanctions are appropriate because the debtor filed the petition without a legitimate bankruptcy purpose. The debtor sought the protection of the automatic stay but did not intend to reorganize or seek an orderly liquidation. Instead, the debtor sought to obtain a civil remedy—the stay of execution of the judgment against the debtor while her appeal was pending. Opinion below.

Judge: Wise

Attorneys for Debtor: Gess Mattingly & Atchison, William W. Allen, Stefan J. Bing, John Thomas Hamilton, Elizabeth Thompson

Attorney for Creditors: DelCotto Law Group PLLC, Jamie L. Harris

2017-11-22 – in re dickson

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Lexington Hospitality Group, LLC

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Nov. 1, 2011)

The bankruptcy court grants the debtor’s motion regarding cash collateral use, because the property to be used (hotel revenue and post-petition restaurant revenue) was not subject to a perfected security interest. The court determines that the hotel revenue paid in cash was not subject to the creditor’s mortgage because it was not rent. A hotel customer does not obtain a real property interest in a hotel room, but instead has a license. The cash paid for the room is thus personal property. The creditor was not in possession of the cash or deposit accounts, and thus the lien was not perfected as to that cash. Hotel revenue paid from credit cards constituted an obligation that would be a “payment intangible” under Article 9. The creditor’s financing statement failed to identify payment intangibles as collateral. While it referenced an “all asset” security agreement, that was insufficient to perfect a security interest in payment intangibles. The creditor does not have a lien on post-petition restaurant revenue pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 552. Opinion below

Judge: Schaaf

Attorneys for Debtor: DelCotto Law Group PLLC, Laura Day DelCotto, Jamie L. Harris, Sara A. Johnston

Attorneys for Creditors: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Martin B. Tucker, Sarah S. Mattingly

2017-11-01 – in re lexington hospitality group

Author: Matt Lindblom

 

In re Witham

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Oct. 12, 2017)

The bankruptcy court awards damages to the debtor for the creditor’s willful violation of the automatic stay. The debtor had an agreement with the tanning bed salon in which the salon would deduct a monthly payment from her debit card. Despite numerous notifications of the bankruptcy and the violation of the automatic stay, the salon continued to make the deductions post-petition. The court enters an award for damages that includes attorney fees and punitive damages. Opinion below.

Judge: Wise

Attorney for Debtor: Grant M. Axon

2017-10-12 – in re witham

Author: Matt Lindblom

McKinstry v. B&H Contractors, LLC (In re GC London KY Inc.)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Oct. 11, 2017)

The bankruptcy court enters judgment in favor of the Chapter 11 trustee, holding the trustee is entitled to recover approximately $280,000 in post-petition transfers and recover $40,000 in prepetition payments. The debtors repaid a post-petition loan that was not approved by the bankruptcy court and which was not in the ordinary course. The prepetition payments were preferential and the new value defense and ordinary course defenses do not apply. Opinion below.

Judge: Schaaf

Attorney for Trustee: Fowler Bell PLLC, Matthew D. Ellison

Attorneys for Defendant: Giodano, Halleran & Cisela, P.C., Donald F. Campbell, Jr.; Bingham Greenebaum Doll, James R. Irving, April A. Wimberg

2017-10-11 – in re gc london ky

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re VanWinkle

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Oct. 4, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants in part the debtor’s motion to avoid a judicial lien on two parcels of real property. Applying the formula in 11 U.S.C. § 522(f), the court determines that the debtor’s exemption is impaired with respect to one parcel but not the other. Opinion below.

Judge: Schaaf

Attorneys for Debtor: Michael B. Baker, James R. Westenhoefer

Attorneys for Creditor: DelCotto Law Group PLLC, Sara A. Johnston

2017-10-04 – in re vanwinkle

Author: Matt Lindblom

Feldman v. Pearl (In re Pearl)

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Sep. 29, 2017)

The bankruptcy court enters judgment in favor of the debtor in this nondischargeability action. The plaintiff sought a judgment under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2), (4), and (6). The plaintiff alleged that the debtor wrongfully received distributions from the business entity controlled jointly by the debtor and the plaintiff. The court finds the plaintiff failed to present evidence sufficient to support the claims under § 523. Opinion below.

Judge: Wise

Attorneys for Plaintiff: Michael B. Baker, William R. O’Bryan, Jr.

Attorney for Defendant: Stuart P. Brown

2017-09-29 – in re pearl

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Lexington Hospitality Group, LLC

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Sep. 15, 2017)

The bankruptcy court denies the lender’s motion to dismiss the Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The lender argued that the party signing the debtor’s petition did not have the requisite authority to commence a bankruptcy case for the debtor. The bankruptcy court finds that amendments to the debtor’s operating agreement were made for the sole purpose of eliminating the debtor’s ability to file for bankruptcy without the lender’s consent. The court finds this violates Federal public policy and the provisions are unenforceable. Opinion below.

Judge: Schaaf

Attorneys for Debtor: Laura Day DelCotto, Jamie L. Harris, Sara A. Johnston, DelCotto Law Group PLLC

Attorneys for Creditor: Martin B. Tucker, Sarah S. Mattingly, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

2017-09-15 – in re lexington hospitality group

Author: Matt Lindblom