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In re Dorsie Wayne Mosher, Jr., 06 B 71261

William T. Neary, US Trustee, v. Mosher, 07 A 96013

Issued: November 4, 2009
By Judge: Manuel Barbosa
Summary: The Court ruled in favor of the U.S. Trustee by denying the Debtor”s petition to discharge. Under 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(2), the Court must grant discharge to the debtor unless the debtor intentionally hindered, delayed, or defrauded a creditor or Trustee. Debtor knowingly failed to list his income and admitted to making a conscious decision to list only certain debts in his petition. The Court finds that the Debtor “knowingly and fraudulently made false oaths” and thus should be denied a discharge under Section 727(a)(4)(A).
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In re Jody R. Deutscher and Kelly C. Deutscher, 08 B 73603

Issued: October 28, 2009
By Judge: Manuel Barbosa
Summary: The Court granted U.S. Trustee’s motion to dismiss. Under 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(1), the Court may dismiss a case in which the debts are primarily consumer debts, if the granting of relief is tantamount to abuse of the provisions of Chapter 7. The Debtors fall under two applicable provisions: 1. Debtors purchased luxuries on credit on the eve of bankruptcy 2. Debtors’ budget is “excessive or unreasonable.” As the Court found, The Debtors want to continue a lifestyle of luxury, purchasing a yacht and boat, “even after seeking a bankruptcy discharge by reaffirming their debt on these luxury items rather than […] do some belt tightening.”
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In re Joseph M. Phelan and Mary M. Phelan, 09 B 70398

Issued: October 28, 2009
By Judge: Manuel Barbosa
Summary: Under the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process clause, creditors have the right to “reasonable notice” when being listed as a creditor in bankruptcy petitions. Creditor Employee Benefits Security Administration (ESBA) did not learn of Debtor”s intent to file for bankruptcy until at east two months after the date required by Fed. R. Bank. P. 4007(c). Furthermore, Debtors failed to list EBSA on their bankruptcy petition. Therefore the Court has granted the Secretary of Labor leave to file an adversary complaint for determination of dischargeability.
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