McDermott v. St. George (In re St. George)

(6th Cir. B.A.P. April 17, 2017)

The Sixth Circuit B.A.P reverses the bankruptcy court’s order granting the U.S. Trustee a second extension of the deadline to file a nondischargeability complaint and reverses the subsequent judgment denying the debtor a Chapter 7 discharge. The court finds that the U.S. Trustee failed to establish sufficient cause for an additional extension under Bankruptcy Rule 4004(b). Opinion below.

Judge: Harrison

Attorneys for U.S. Trustee: Amy L. Good, Scott Robert Belhorn, Sharon Nollsch

Attorney for Debtor: Lee Raymond Kravitz

2017-04-17 – in re st george

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

In re Thiel

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. July 21, 2015)

The bankruptcy court grants the creditor’s motion to file a late response to an objection to its proof of claim. The creditor’s attorney attempted to file the response on the deadline, but through error the objection was not filed. The next day, the court entered the order disallowing the claim at almost the same time the creditor successfully filed the response and a motion to allow the late filing. The bankruptcy court grants the motion. Opinion below.

2015-07-21 – in re thiel

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Sheppard

(6th Cir. B.A.P. July 9, 2015)

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit reverses the bankruptcy court’s order denying the creditor’s motion for extension of time to file a complaint to determine the dischargeability of a debt and/or file an objection to the debtor’s discharge. The debtor’s counsel had been working with the creditor’s counsel prior to the bankruptcy filing but failed to notify the creditor’s counsel of the bankruptcy. Instead, the debtor gave notice to the creditor by sending a notice to the creditor’s out-of-state corporate headquarters. The creditor and its counsel had actual notice of the bankruptcy after they filed a complaint against the debtor in state court after the petition was filed and two days before the deadline. The bankruptcy court found that the creditor failed to show sufficient cause justifying an extension. The B.A.P. holds that such motions should be liberally granted when the circumstances merit such a finding, and in this case there was sufficient justification. Opinion below.

2015-07-09 – in re sheppard

Author: Matt Lindblom