CNH Industrial Capital America LLC v. Williams (In re Williams)

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Apr. 5, 2018)

The bankruptcy court enters summary judgment in favor of the creditor on two counts in the nondischargeability complaint. The debtor sold two pieces of equipment collateral without delivering the proceeds to the creditor. The court finds that the facts establish the debtor acted willfully and maliciously in causing the injury to the creditor. A third piece of equipment collateral was repossessed by another creditor and created a factual dispute. Opinion below.

Judge: Lloyd

Attorney for Creditor: Andrews Law Firm, PLLC, Ashley Sanders Cox

Attorney for Debtor: Mark H. Flener

2018-04-05 – in re williams

Author: Matt Lindblom

Sunshine Heifers, LLC v. Citizens First Bank (In re Purdy)

(6th Cir. Aug. 31, 2017)

The Sixth Circuit affirms the bankruptcy court’s decision finding the bank had a superior interest in the proceeds of an auction of the debtor’s cattle. The appellant contended its interest as lessor was superior and that the Sixth Circuit had already determined it was entitled to the proceeds. The bankruptcy did not err in determining ownership of the cattle at the time of the auction after the prior remand. Opinion below.

Judge: Moore

Attorneys for Appellant: Keller & Almassian, Michael D. Almassian, Nicholas S. Laue

Attorneys for Bank: Kerrick Bachert PSC, Scott A. Bachert, Ashley D. Gerughty

2017-08-31 – in re purdy

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Purdy

(W.D. Ky. Sep. 2, 2015)

Following the Sixth Circuit’s reversal of the bankruptcy court’s finding that livestock leases were disguised security agreements (see Sunshine Heifers, LLC v. Citizens First Bank (In re Purdy)), the bankruptcy court determines the rights of the lessor and lessee debtor in the proceeds of the earlier sale of the livestock. After a lengthy discussion of testimony on the issue, the court ultimately concludes that the lessor is entitled to the proceeds. Opinion below.

2015-09-02 – in re purdy

Author: Matt Lindblom