Category: District Courts

W.D.N.C.: Cooper v. Crow- Procedures for Amendment to Exemptions Governed by State Law


Ms. Crow filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, but after a creditor raised issue with her exceeding the §109(g) debt limits, converted to Chapter 7. Eight months after the initial filing of her voluntary bankruptcy petition, Ms. Crow sought to amend her schedules to claim an exemption in an individual retirement account (IRA) that had been omitted from her original petition, but would otherwise indisputably have been exempt. The Trustee opposed this amendment, arguing that Ms. Crow failed to show the change in circumstances required for modifications of exemptions by N.C.G.S. § 1C-1603(g). The bankruptcy court found that the omission was inadvertent due to the complexity of the case (which involved Ms.… Read More

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M.D.N.C.: In re Washabaugh- Denial of Interlocutory Appeal


Following the re-opening of Ms. Washabaugh’s Chapter 7, the Bankruptcy Administrator sought revocation of her discharge. Ms. ’s motion to dismiss that complaint, alleging that the Bankruptcy Administrator lacked standing for such action, was denied by the bankruptcy court and Ms. Washabaugh sought leave to bring an interlocutory appeal to the district court.

The district court began with 28 U.S.C. § 158, which allows “with leave from the court” appeal of interlocutory orders based on the following factors:

(1) the appeal involves a controlling question of pure law, the resolution of which will completely determine the outcome of the litigation;
(2) as to which there is a substantial ground for difference of opinion between courts; and
(3) the resolution of the question as a whole would materially advance the termination of the litigation.… Read More

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E.D.N.C. and Bankr. E.D.N.C: Jones v. Jones – Characterization and Relief from Stay regarding Equitable Distribution


Bankruptcy Court Characterization of Equitable Distribution Awards

Cheryl Jones brought motions against the Debtor, her ex-husband, Sean Jones, seeking relief from the stay and for determination of Domestic Support Obligation, with the primary question being whether the family court’s Equitable Distribution Order award of $116,182 from the debtor’s 401(k) plan and $63,736 from the debtor’s retirement account were in the nature of a domestic support obligation, pursuant to §§ 101(14A) and 523(a)(5), or, as argued by the debtor, were property distributions within the scope of §523(a)(15). If the former, the obligation would be nondischargeable, but the latter would be discharged in a Chapter 13 case, pursuant to § 1328(a).… Read More

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E.D.N.C.: Engell v. Sheetz – Appeal of Discharge or Dischargeability


Mr. Sheetz filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 1, 2015, listing, among other creditors, Mr. Engell. The last day to oppose a discharge was August 31, 2015. On August 26, 2015, Mr. Engell filed an pleading titled as “Creditor’s Objection to Debtor’s Exemption” (“the objection”), but which, in fact, asserted that judgment held against Mr. Sheetz was nondischargeable due to fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Subsequently, on October 27, 2015, Mr. Engell filed a motion to amend. On December 31, 2015, the bankruptcy court overruled the objection and denied the motion to amend, holding that Mr. Engell had been required to bring an Adversary Proceeding to oppose discharge and the objection was insufficient.… Read More

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E.D.N.C.: Wells Fargo v. Farag- Determination of Priority of Mortgage Liens


The Farags (who were eventually represented by my law firm in their Chapter 13 bankruptcy- all statements in this posting are taken solely from the court decisions) obtained a line of credit in 2002 with Wells Fargo, secured by their real property. This was refinanced in 2004 by PNC, which, based on a pay-off statement from Wells Fargo, paid the balance owed and requested that the Deed of Trust be marked as satisfied and record. Wells Fargo failed to do so and the Farags continued to take advances from the line of credit totaling over $300,000.00.

Upon filing Chapter 13 on March 29, 2012, the Farags indicated that the real property would be surrendered.… Read More

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