In re Joseph

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Feb. 7, 2018)

The bankruptcy court grants the debtor’s motion to enforce the discharge injunction and for sanctions. The creditor held a certificate of delinquency for unpaid real property taxes. Post-discharge, the creditor sought and obtained an in rem judgment to foreclose the tax lien. The foreclosure sale did not fully satisfy the lien, and the creditor then recorded a judgment lien against the debtor for the deficiency and sought to foreclose on other real property of the debtor. The bankruptcy court holds this is an attempt to collect on the discharged claim for the unpaid property taxes. Sanctions are appropriate under these circumstances. Opinion below.

Judge: Schaaf

Attorneys for Debtor: Ryan R. Atkinson; DelCotto Law Group PLLC, Michael J. Gartland

Attorneys for Creditor: Bilz & Associates, P.S.C., Joshua M. Bilz, David A. Schulenberg

2018-02-07 – in re joseph

Author: Matt Lindblom

The Branham Corporation v. Boone County Utilities, LLC (In re Boone County Utilities, LLC)

(S.D. Ind. Jan. 22, 2018)

The district court affirms several orders of the bankruptcy court and remands for further proceedings with respect to sanctions. The plaintiff appealed orders and issues related to subject matter jurisdiction, summary judgment, plan and confirmation order interpretation, discovery, dismissal of a complaint, and sanctions against the plaintiff. Opinion below.

Judge: Young

Attorney for Plaintiff: Jacobson Hile, LLC; Michael W. Hile

Attorney for Debtor: Bator Law, LLC; John E. Bator

2018-01-22 – in re boone county utilities

Author: Matt Lindblom

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

(Sixth Circuit, Jan. 4, 2018)

The Sixth Circuit affirms the B.A.P.’s decision to reverse the bankruptcy court’s order for sanctions. The movant failed to satisfy the twenty-one day safe harbor in Rule 9011. Click here for the B.A.P. opinion. Opinion below.

Judge: Keith

Attorney for Appellant: Malone Akerly Martin, Bruce W. Akerly

Attorney for Appellee: Edward Michael Bearman, Gary E., Veazey

2018-01-04 – in re blasingame

Author: Matt Lindblom

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 Mann

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Aug. 10, 2017)

The bankruptcy court denies the U.S. Trustee’s motion to enter an order for sanctions and requiring disgorgement of fees. The attorney had provided advice to the debtor about the petition and schedules that the debtor had drafted. The attorney was not aware that a bankruptcy was filed until he received the U.S. Trustee’s motion. The court declines to grant the relief requested under these circumstances. Opinion below.

Judge: Lloyd

2017-08-10 – in re mann

Author: Matt Lindblom

Edmondson v. Gordon (In re Gordon)

(6th Cir. B.A.P. May 18, 2017)

The Sixth Circuit B.A.P. affirms the bankruptcy court’s contempt order, but remands the matter for the limited purpose of providing the debtor sufficient notice and an opportunity to be heard on the issue of whether monetary sanctions were reasonable. The debtor sold property of the estate in direct violation of the bankruptcy court’s order. The bankruptcy court held the debtor in contempt and awarded the trustee his attorney fees as a sanction. However, the hearing notice for the contempt order did not make clear that monetary sanctions could be entered against the pro se debtor. Opinion below.

Judge: Opperman

Appellant: Pro Se

Attorney for Appellee: Thompson Burton PLLC, Phillip G. Young, Jr.

2017-05-18 – in re gordon

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Lockhart

(Bankr. W.D. Ky. Jan. 17, 2017)

The bankruptcy court grants the creditor’s motion for sanctions, and awards the creditor her attorney fees. The debtor filed the Chapter 13 petition for the stated purpose of obtaining more time to obtain a reduction in his maintenance obligation owed to the creditor in the state court. The bankruptcy court finds that this was a violation of Bankruptcy Rule 9011(b). Opinion below.

Judge: Lloyd

Attorney for Debtor: Naber & Joyner, J. Gregory Joyner

Attorney for Creditor: Joseph S. Elder II

2017-01-17-in-re-lockhart

Author: Matt Lindblom