Summary: Ralph Janvey, as the receiver in a Ponzi scheme litigation against Stanford Financial Group (“SFG”), sought and, following trial, obtained a judgment against Peter Romero for $1.275 million related to fees and profits Romero had earned from SFG. Romero then filed Chapter 7 and Janvey sought dismissal for cause pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 707(a).
Summary: Between March 7, 2017, and November 28, 2017, Mr. Stockwell filed first a Chapter 13 and then three Chapter 7 cases, with the fourth case being filed while the third was still pending. (The dismissal of the third case had been set aside as it had been automatically dismissed due to the failure to file documents under 11 U.S.C. § 521(I) while the Bankruptcy Administrator’s motion to dismiss with prejudice.) Mr. Stockwell’s cases were filed with the apparent intent of holding off a foreclosure by Ocwen, as it was the only creditor listed in any of his cases.
Summary: Bio-Med obtained a default judgment against Ms. Strongs for breach of contract and conversion, alleging that she had improperly retained insurance reimbursement checks totaling $88,767.75, using those funds to purchase two luxury vehicles, which were subsequently transferred to family members. Ms.
Summary: The Debtor caused a fatal motor vehicle accident while under the influence and was subsequently pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle. At the time of the collision, the Debtor was covered by his own insurance with State Farm and the Allstate insurance policy held by the owner of the car the Debtor was driving. The decedent's estate settled with both Allstate, but after being unable to reach terms with State Farm, ultimately obtained a wrongful death verdict for approximately $2.8 million.
Summary: In his Chapter 7 petition, Mr. Fields listed a 1987 Porsche 911 as non-operational and worth $500. The Trustee, however, obtained a on-site appraisal, which found the vehicle to be operable and worth between $12,000 and $30,000. After the Trustee declined to object, Mr. Fields did receive his discharge, but was unable to buy the vehicle from the Trustee. Instead he sought to have his discharge revoked and to convert to Chapter 13. Relying on In re Marrama, 549 U.S. 365 (2007), the bankruptcy court held that due to both Mr.
Summary: The Chapter 7 Trustee discovered that the Female Debtor was the 50% beneficiary of her late father's springing trust, with her share being worth approximately $100,000, that had not been listed in the petition. The Trustee also cam to believe, based on a valuation by a realtor, that real property valued at $10,000 by the Debtors was actually worth as much as $44,900. After discovery and belated disclosure of these, the Debtors sought to convert their case to Chapter 13, with the Trustee objecting.
Summary: In addition to a misstatement regarding their residency in the Western District of North Carolina, the Debtors failed to disclose in their Chapter 7 petition that they had transferred real property to their daughter within one year of their bankruptcy filing. Upon discovery by the Trustee (and likely facing avoidance of the transfer) the Debtors sought to convert to Chapter 13, amending their petition to include the transfer and also including additional income from the Female Debtor. Beginning from Marrama v.
Summary: Deertrack Investors, L.L.C.
Summary: The Debtor filed Chapter 13 in 2009, subsequently converting to Chapter 7 on May 9, 2011. This conversion was one day prior to a hearing to determine the status of the claim of the Debtor’s ex-wife, Ms. Day. Ms. Day argued that the conversion was only done in an attempt to avoid paying her claim through the Debtor’s Chapter 13 plan, which otherwise only required $21.50 to complete. Additionally, Ms. Day alleged that the Debtor self-reported environmental hazards on their property, in an effort to reduce the value. Accordingly, Ms. Day sought to have the Debt
Summary: The Chapter 7 Debtors failed to disclose in their petition their interests in various real estate partnerships and multiple foreclosure proceedings, which the Chapter 7 Trustee discovered through reviewing the Debtors’ tax return and public records. The Debtors then sought to convert to Chapter 13 and the Chapter 7 Trustee objected. The Court held the Debtors initial schedules were so misleading as to give rise to an inference of bad faith, which in turn prevents conversion. Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, 549 U.S.