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Catharine R. Aron

The parties filed cross-motions for summary judgment seeking to determine their respective ownership interests in two companies, ownership over patents, certain contractual rights, and the viability of the chapter 7 trustee's avoidance power under 11 U.S.C. 548. Summary judgment granted in part when there was no genuine dispute as to a party's ownership interest; conflicting evidence was denied under North Carolina's parol evidence rule.  All remaining motions raised factual disputes not appropriate for summary judgment. 

Summary Judgment, Published No

Debtors submitted a plan for confirmation that modified a mortgage creditor's interest rate. Under § 1322(c)(2), a debtor may modify the payment of a claim for a debt secured by the debtor's principal residence when payments will come due during the life of the plan. The Fourth Circuit in Witt determined that § 1322(c)(2) only allows for the modification of the payment of the claim and not the claim itself. The definition of a claim is broadly construed to include a mortgage creditor's interest rate. Because the debtors proposed to modify the mortgage creditor's interest rate, and therefore its claim, the plan could not be confirmed. 

Chapter 13 Plans, Published Yes

Motion to impose the automatic stay denied when the debtor did not overcome the presumption that he filed his petition in bad faith. The debtor filed three petitions within a single year. The debtor's timing and motive in filing the three petitions, the effect of his petitions on the most significant creditor, the reasons his prevoius cases were dismissed, the likelihood that he will have steady income, and the objections of interested parties all weigh against imposing the automatic stay. Additionally, the nature of the debtor's debt, a note on which he is not liable, also counsels against imposing the stay.   

Automatic Stay, Published No

Motion to Quash and Motion for Protective Order both denied because defendants did not have standing to quash subpoenas issued to their banks. 

Discovery, Published No

Creditor's complaint obecting to dischargeability of overpayment of public assistance benefits granted in part pursuant to § 523(a)(2)(B).

Discharge/Dischargeability, Published No

Debtors' motion for sanctions for violating the automatic stay was granted when a creditor sent a second billing notice to the debtors. Creditor had notice of the debtors' bankruptcy and was informed of its stay violation after the first billing notice was sent to the debtors. 

Automatic Stay, Published No

Lena M. James

Plaintiff alleged violation of discharge injunction and state law violations. Defendant filed motion to dismiss. Court granted motion to dismiss as to state law claims on grounds of preemption and lack of jurisdiction. 

Jurisdiction, Published No

The Debtors originally filed a Chapter 13 case and their plan was confirmed.  The Debtors then converted their case to a Chapter 7.  Following the filing of the Bankruptcy Administrator's motion to deny the male Debtor a discharge pursuant to Bankruptcy Code section 727(a)(8), the Debtors filed a motion to reconvert their case back to Chapter 13.  It is within the Court's discretion to allow or disallow a reconversion of a case from chapter 7 back to Chapter 13.  However, in this case, the Debtors failed to demonstrate any facts which would persuade the Court to exercise its discretion to allow reconversion of their case.

Conversion, Published No

Order granting motion to designate as a Single Asset Real Estate pursuant to §§ 101(51B) and 362(d)

Automatic Stay, Published No

Debtor moved to reject the Private Mortgage Insurance portion of a deed of trust on her primary residence (or modify her Chapter 13 Plan to the same effect). The court denied the motion under 1322(b).

Chapter 13 Plans, Published No

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