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Harger v. Jones (In re Jones)

Citation: 
Harger v Jones (In re Jones), 16 Fed App.0001P(6th Cir. March 3, 2016)
Ruling: 
The Sixth Circuit BAP held that the bankruptcy court erred as a matter of law in awarding attorneys' fees as sanctions under Rule 9011 on a sua sponte basis and abused its discretion in imposing sanctions. Rule 9011(c)(2) only allows ...
Judge(s): 
Preston, Humphrey and Harrison
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Matteson v. Bank Of America (In re Matteson)

Citation: 
15 FED App. 0006P (6th Cir. August 10, 2015)
Ruling: 
The Bankruptcy Court erred in reducing mortgage balances by the amount the secured lender would have received under Chapter 13 plan had creditor filed proofs of claim. The Secured creditor's liens passed through bankruptcy and completion of the Debtors' plan ...
Judge(s): 
Delk, Opperman and Preston
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Baldridge v. Ellmann (In re Baldridge)

Citation: 
Case No. 13-700, 6th Circuit, February 3, 2014
Ruling: 
The Sixth Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy court's disallowance of the Debtors' Michigan homestead exemption. The bankruptcy court found that there was no equity in the sale proceeds of the Debtors' homestead to which the homestead exemption could attach. The Court ...
Judge(s): 
Rogers, McKeague and White, Circuit Judges
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Rizzo v. State of MI, Dept. of Treasury (In re Rizzo)

Citation: 
Rizzo v State of Michigan Dept. of Treasury (In re Rizzo), Case No. 13-1230
Ruling: 
Whether a state tax is a non-dischargeable "excise tax" is a matter of federal law. The Court found that the term "excise tax" in Sec. 507 was not ambiguous and that whether a tax is an "excise tax" or ...
Judge(s): 
Suhrheinrich, Griffin, and Kethledge
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Glazer v. Chase Home Finance LLC

Citation: 
Glazer v. Chase Home Finance LLC, __ F.3d ___, Case No. 10-3416 ( 6th Cir. January 14, 2013)
Ruling: 
The Court affirmed the trial court's finding that the mortgage servicer was not a debt collector under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and that a subservicer who attempts to collect debts owed to another which was not in ...
Judge(s): 
Griffin and Kethledge, Circuit Judges; Thapar, District Judge
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