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Keywords/Topic Date Title Description Judge
Attorneys Fees     03/11/2011     Gregory James Weaver and Mary Janine Weaver     

Discusses  reasonableness of attorneys' fees charged by debtor's counsel in Chapter 13 case.  2011 WL 867136 (Bankr.D.N.M. Mar. 11, 2011, J. Jacobvitz).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Dischargeability     03/08/2011     Hawks Holdings, LLC v. Kalinowski     

Sole named managing member and de facto manager of limited liability company acted within a fiduciary capacity for purposes of 11 U.S.C. §523(a)(4).  __ B.R. ___, 2011 WL 841185 (Bankr.D.N.M. March 8, 2011, J. Jacobvitz).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Dischargeability     03/03/2011     Valentine v. Valentine     

Ability to pay is not relevant under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(15).  Debt arising from Final Decree and Minute Order issued in dissolution of marriage proceeding is either non-dischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(5) because it is a domestic support obligation, or it is nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(15) because it is not a domestic support obligation.  Whether plaintiff could enforce her non-dischargeable judgment against defendant's Veteran's Disability Benefits is an issue for the state court.  2012 WL 830621 (Bankr.D.N.M. March 3, 2011, J. Jacobvitz).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Bankruptcy Petition Preparers     02/28/2011     United States Trustee v. McIntire d/b/a The Bankruptcy Store, LLC     

Bankruptcy petition preparer (BPP) who adivised clients whether to elect state or federal exemption scheme gave legal advice in violation of 11 U.S.C. § 110.  Injunction issued against BPP prohibiting him from giving legal advice.  Court did not enjoin BPP from acting as a BPP under 11 U.S.C. § 110(j)(2)(B).  446 B.R. 531 (Bankr.D.N.M. 2011, J. Jacobvitz).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Dismissal     02/15/2011     Titus William Linville and Shannon Marie Linville     

Dismissal for Abuse - 11 U.S.C. § 707(b).  Above median-income debtors whose actual mortgage payment was greater than the IRS local standards could not take both deductions and could not claim college expenses of adult children as an allowable expendse deduction under the means test.   Payment of adult children's college expenses did not constitute a "special circumstance" sufficient to rebut the presumption of abuse.  Court gives debtors an opportunity to convert to Chapter 13.   446 B.R. 522 (Bankr.D.N.M. 2011, J. Jacobvitz).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Default Judgment     02/11/2011     Blanding v. Mendez (In re Robert R. V. Mendez and Bernadette E. Mendez)     

Rule 56(c), setting aside a default or a default judgment.  Defendant must establish three elements.  Motion denied, defendant was culpable in not answering and lacked meritorious defense.  444 B.R. 439.

Judge James Starzynski
Dischargeability     02/11/2011     Sanchez v. Lovato (In re Rodolfo Lovato and Lisa Lovato)     

Court sua sponte reverses earlier decision on dischargeability, determining that Plaintiffs had not in fact proved proximate cause.  442 B.R. 810.

Judge James Starzynski
Chapter 11     02/08/2011     Robert Joseph Podzemny and 7-H Cattle Feeders, Inc.     

Use of Cash Collateral - Court authorizes debtor in possession to use cash collateral to develop irrigation on new farm; plant, cultivate and harvest crop on existing irrigated farmland; and acquire, graze and care for cattle. 2011 WL 576591 (Bankr.D.N.M. Feb. 8, 2011, J. Jacobvitz).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Dischargeability     02/03/2011     In re James Robert Lancaster III and Nora B. Lancaster     

UST filed motion to dismiss for abuse.  Section 727(b). Opinion goes through required calculations and finds excess disposable income.  Grants motion.  2011 WL 477854.

Judge James Starzynski
Preference     01/24/2011     In re John David Pfiester     

Debtor may not exempt asset recovered as a preference.  Issue was whether transfer was voluntary or involuntary.  Section 522(g).  449 B.R. 422.

Judge James Starzynski