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We had recently had a chapter 12 case discharged that stripped down the farm/home property with a long term amortization at a reduced interest rate. When the client first met with us, he was under a bar order requiring permission to even file a new case, given prior unsuccessful cases both with and without attorneys. We were able to get permission to refile and successfully negotiate a reduction in the mortgage to the value of the farm and land, a reduction in the interest rate, as well as agree to payment terms over 15 years.
Sanctions awarded against attorney who markets to clients in foreclosures, then fails to provide for mortgages in chapter 13 plans (requiring debtors to attempt pro-se modifications) and provides for surrender after objections to such plans.
In re Tabor, No. 15BK26544, 2018 WL 1768549, (Bankr. N.D. Ill. Apr. 11, 2018)
11th Circuit affirms bankruptcy court reopening case to compel surrender of homestead where chapter 13 plan indicated surrender and no statement of intent filed in converted chapter 7 case. In re Woide, No. 17-10776, 2018 WL 1633550 (11th Cir. Apr. 5, 2018)
11th Circuit: dismissal for improper service is res judicata in any future action that was or could have been raised in dismissed action.
ERIC FERRIER, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. JAMES V. ATRIA, Defendant - Appellee., No. 17-11261, 2018 WL 1433742, (11th Cir. Mar. 22, 2018)
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Chapter 13 trustee's successfully sued mortgage to determine mortgage debt to be unsecured where chapter 13 filed between date new mortgage paid off old mortgages and date new mortgage recorded deed of trust.
In re: RAY WHITE & JAMIE M. WHITE, Debtors. HELEN M. MORRIS, as Chapter 13 Tr., Plaintiff, v. MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS OF COLORADO, LLC, Defendant., No. 16-BK-1240, 2018 WL 1352680, (Bankr. N.D.W. Va. Mar. 14, 2018)
Debtor sentenced to 18 months in prison, 3 years supervised release, and $21,990 restitution to the US Trustee for failing to disclose gifts to family from $55,000 personal injury settlement received 8 months prior to filing chapter 7.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. SHELLEY R. CALLAHAN (01), No. 5:13-CR-00119-01, 2018 WL 1322046, (W.D. La. Mar. 14, 2018)
MD Fla District Court rules that Service of Rule 11 motion must be by US Mail unless opposing attorney has consented in writing to electronic service.
AMBER LANCASTER, BRITTANY CRIPLIVER, BROOKE TAYLOR JOHNSON, CIELO JEAN GIBSON, CORA SKINNER, GEMMA LEE FARRELL, HEATHER RAE YOUNG, IRINA VORONINA, JESSE GOLDEN, JESSA HINTON, JOANNA KRUPA, KATARINA VAN DERHAM, MAYSA QUY, PAOLA CANAS, SANDRA VALENCIA, SARA UNDERWOOD, TIFFANY SELBY, TIFFANY TOTH, VIDA GUERRA, & KIM COZZENS, Plaintiffs, v. ANDREW HARROW, SUSAN HARROW, EYES WIDE SHUT, LLC, BYOB CLUB, INC., & THE BOTTLE CLUB, LLC, Defendants., No. 8:17-CV-634-T-33JSS, 2018 WL 1242239, (M.D. Fla. Mar. 9, 2018)
Having a debtor arrested in a courthouse during a mediation resulted in unclean hands finding against creditor resulting in dismissal of some causes of action by creditor against debtor.
Halvorson v. Halvorson, No. 8:15-AP-01391, 2018 WL 915043 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. Feb. 14, 2018)
11th Circuit affirms dismissal of case based on pro se debtor not satisfying trustee's statements of deficiencies prior to confirmation, without any formal objection by trustee and without separate hearing or motion to dismiss.
In re: MARTHA E. ECHEVERRY, Debtor. MARTHA E. ECHEVERRY, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. ROBIN R. WEINER, Defendant-Appellee., No. 17-12722, 2018 WL 509307, (11th Cir. Jan. 23, 2018). Possibly evidentiary issues: ie no transcript of confirmation hearing designated on appeal and did not reply to Trustee's brief.
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New bankruptcy scheme called 'hijacking' where 3rd party transfers deed to debtor in bankruptcy to stop foreclosure sale, debtor may not even know about it.
In re: Elizabeth Vazquez, Debtor(s)., No. 2:16-BK-10699-NB, 2017 WL 6759067 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. Dec. 29, 2017)
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