National Labor Relations Board v. Calvert

(S.D. Ind. Mar. 31, 2017)

The district court affirms the bankruptcy court’s ruling in favor of the debtor in the nondischargeability action. The NLRB argued its claim against the debtor should be denied under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6). The court holds that the prepetition administrative ruling finding the debtor acted out of “antiunion animus” did not necessarily satisfy the  requisite intent required under § 523(a)(6). Collateral estoppel did not apply. Opinion below.

Judge: Barker

Attorneys for NLRB: Dalford D. Owens , Jr., William R. Warwick

Attorneys for Debtor: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Dustin R. DeNeal, Harmony A. Mappes

2017-03-31 – national labor relations board v calvert

Author: Matt Lindblom

National Labor Relations Board v. Calvert (In re Calvert)

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. Dec. 21, 2015)

The court enters judgment in this adversary proceeding commenced by the NLRB against the debtor, seeking to except from discharge the debt owed to the NLRB. The claim was based on alleged violations of the National Labor Relations Act, when the debtor took steps to avoid his company’s employees from unionizing. The court finds that the NLRB failed to prove the requisite intent under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6) and the information omitted from the schedules and in the bankruptcy (e.g., lost promissory notes) did not rise to the level of a denial of discharge under § 727. Opinion below.

2015-12-21 – nlrb v calvert

Author: Matt Lindblom