Debtor denied discharge for undervaluing assets on his petition schedules.
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Catharine R. Aron
In implementing the Chapter 7 means test, a debtor may not deduct secured debt payments on collateral the debtor does not intend to retain.
Because Defendant reasonably believed that its attorney was a properly-licensed attorney and that its communications with him were privileged, the attorney-client relation existed at the time of the communications at issue. All the elements of the attorney-client privilege were present with respect to the communications and Defendant was within its rights in refusing to respond to Plaintiff’s inquiries about them.
Debtors filed an objection to Creditor's deficiency claim pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 45-21.36, contending that Creditor's bid at the foreclosure sale of the property at issue had been substantially less than the property's true value. The Court overruled the objection, finding by the greater weight of the evidence that the bid had not been substantially less than the property's true value. The Court noted that its decision was consistent with North Carolina precedent, under which a guideline has been established that “a bid that was twenty percent less than the appraised value of the property was ‘substantially less’ than the property's true value.”
Based on Debtor's failure to make direct monthly payments to Mortgagee, Mortgagee brought a motion to dismiss. Trustee objected and sought denial of the motion, arguing that Mortgagee instead should have filed a motion for relief from stay. Trustee further contended that Mortgagee filed the motion to dismiss in order to avoid having to pay the filing fee for a motion for relief from stay. Meanwhile, Trustee filed a motion in which she sought to include the mortgage payments in the plan. The Court found that Mortgagee properly had filed the motion to dismiss, because Debtor's failure to pay Mortgagee constituted material default by Debtor with respect to a term of the confirmed plan--cause for dismissal under 11 U.S.C. 1307. Accordingly, the Court also found that attorney for Mortgagee was entitled to attorney's fees for bringing the motion to dismiss.
The Court denied confirmation of the debtor's proposed plan on the grounds that a lienholder's rights may not be modified with respect to a non-debtor's interest in a property held in tenancy by the entirety.
The Court denied the Trustee's motion, pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §363(f)(4), for private sale of realty and to transfer liens to proceeds of sale. The Court found that because the applicable statute of limitations prevented the Trustee from bringing an adversary proceeding to avoid the lien, the Trustee could not show that the lien was "in bona fide dispute." Moreover, the Trustee's motion was procedurally inadequate.
The Court granted defendant's motion to dismiss, finding that plaintiff's claim that defendant failed to substantially comply with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 161-22(h) was not facially plausible.
Lena M. James
Objection to fee application of Debtors' counsel in individual Chapter 11 case overruled; interim compensation pursuant to Section 331 may be paid from property of the estate and is not required to be paid from non-exempt funds. Court will not wihhold authorization for disbursement of the interim compensation until confirmation of the plan.
Trustee's Objection to Debtor's Exemption of whole life insurance policy sustained.