Community Financial Services Bank v. Edwards (In re Edwards)

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

The bankruptcy court enters judgment in favor of the lender, holding the debt owed by one of the debtors would not be discharged, pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6). The debtor disregarded the lender’s security interest in his business’s inventory, using the proceeds of the inventory for personal expenses in violation of the security agreement. The court holds that the lender failed to present sufficient evidence to except the other debtor’s (the first debtor’s spouse) debt from discharge. Opinion below.

Judge: Stout

Attorney for Plaintiff: Martin W. Johnson

Attorney for Debtors: Steve Vidmer

2017-07-17 – in re edwards

Author: Matt Lindblom

State Bank of Toulon v. Covey (In re Duckworth)

(7th Cir. Nov. 21, 2014)

The Seventh Circuit reverses the bankruptcy court’s orders finding the lender’s security interests enforceable despite a mistaken reference to the promissory note purportedly secured. The security agreement recited that it secured a promissory note dated December 13, but the promissory note was dated December 15. The court holds that parol evidence cannot be used to save the security agreement, due to the trustee’s strong-arm powers. Opinion below.

2014-11-21 – state bank of toulon v covey