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Keywords/Topic Date Title Description Judge
Appeals, Dismissal     08/30/2017     Cynthia Moya     

The Court denied the debtor’s motion for stay pending appeal of the order dismissing the debtor’s bankruptcy case, finding that the debtor failed to show a likelihood of success on appeal.  Debtor did not file a timely objection to the motion to dismiss her case despite having received notice of the objection deadline.  Debtor’s motion for stay pending appeal addressed only one of the trustee’s grounds for dismissal.  Debtor also failed to satisfy the irreparable harm requirement necessary to obtain a stay pending appeal.

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Attorneys Fees, Fees, Professionals     08/23/2017     Hungry Horse, LLC     

The Unsecured Creditors’ Committee and United States Trustee objected to Debtor’s counsel interim fee application on a number of grounds.  Court reduced fees for clerical work, and determined that a prior order apportioned only 50% of fees incurred in a certain adversary proceeding to Debtor. 

Judge David T. Thuma
Automatic Stay     08/17/2017     Anthony Ray Lucero     

Cause existed to grant relief from the automatic stay based on Debtor’s post-petition mortgage payment defaults.  Debtor could not successfully resist stay relief by proposing to pay the post-petition arrears on a new payment schedule, which would constitute an impermissible post-confirmation modification in contravention of the anti-modification clause found in § 1322(b)(2).  

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Automatic Stay     08/10/2017     JSS of Albuqurque, LLC.     

State of New Mexico’s state court action seeking to enforce various consumer protection statutes, including the NMUPA, fell within § 362(b)(4)’s exception to the automatic stay as a proper exercise of the State’s police or regulatory powers to the extent the State’s claims sought injunctive and/or declaratory relief to determine whether specific conduct violates the statutes, prevent statutory violations, and liquidate civil penalties for statutory violations. The State’s claims for restitution, disgorgement, and rescission, however, primarily adjudicated private rights and remained subject to the automatic stay. 

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Classification of Claims, Discharge Injunction, Dischargeability, Miscellaneous     08/08/2017     Debra Renee Chacon v. The Greenbriar Townhouses, Inc.     

Debtor argued that a debt to a housing cooperative, where she was a member, was unsecured and therefore discharged by the Court’s discharge order.  The Court concluded when the Occupancy Agreement, Articles, By-Laws, and Certificate are read together, the documents created a security interest in the Debtor’s membership.  The security interest “rode through” the bankruptcy case and survived discharge.

Judge David T. Thuma
Adversary Proceedings - Procedural Matters, Dismissal, Property of the Estate, Relief from Stay, Stay - Annulment     07/28/2017     Franco v. Franco et al     

Creditor sought annulment of the automatic stay, or a declaration that the automatic stay did not apply, to a quiet title action initiated post-petition on omitted assets.  Trustee sought dismissal of removed quiet title action, as void ab initio.  The Court declined to annul the stay, and declared the quiet title action void ab initio. 

Judge David T. Thuma
Discharge, Dischargeability, Nondischargeability     07/21/2017     Los Alamos National Bank v. Lamey et al     

Creditor sought to declare debt owed to it nondischargeable, or alternatively to deny Debtor’s discharge on multiple counts.  The Court denied debtor’s discharge under §§ 727(a)(2) and (a)(4) for concealing and omitting assets.

Judge David T. Thuma
Attorneys Fees, Chapter 11, Fees, Professionals     07/14/2017     Railyard Company, LLC.     

Former chapter 11 DIP counsel sought approval of fee application.  Debtor’s members objected, primarily on the grounds that counsel did not render zealous, beneficial representation because a chapter 11 trustee was appointed.  The Court overruled the members’ objections but determined a 5% reduction in fees was appropriate after considering the factor in Johnson and section 330.

Judge David T. Thuma
Motion to Sell, Sales of Assets     06/27/2017     Gary Edward Sasso     

The Court granted the Chapter 7 Trustee’s motion to sell the estate’s interest in a condominium under § 363(b).  The estate’s purported interest in the condominium was only a life estate interest.  The purchaser, the estate’s largest unsecured creditor, agreed to withdraw its claim in addition to paying $12,000 cash to purchase the estate’s interest in the Condo, without warranty.  The Trustee had sound business reasons for the sale, gave adequate and reasonable notice of the sale, and obtained a fair and reasonable price, and the buyer acted in good faith.  The cash purchase price, combined with the withdrawal of the creditor’s claim, approximated the fair market value of a life estate interest in the condominium, and provided a meaningful distribution to unsecured creditors. 

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Attorneys Fees, Damages, Discharge Injunction     06/23/2017     Sprague v. Williams et al     

Court held a damages trial on violation of the discharge injunction.  Court awarded attorney fees, but found that Plaintiff failed to prove certain other damages.

Judge David T. Thuma

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