Lardas v. Gricic, et al.

Case Type:
Consumer
Case Status:
Affirmed
Citation:
15-1685, 15-1704, 16-2913, 16-4210 (7th Circuit, Feb 03,2017) Published
Tag(s):
Ruling:
Stemming from long-running litigation between the parties, the court affirmed the judgments of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that dismissed a claim for fraudulent inducement for lacking standing, denied the chapter 7 debtor's discharge, denied a "motion to reopen", and dismissed the appeal of the sale of an interest in property by the chapter 7 trustee as moot.
Procedural context:
Appeals from four related cases from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois involving chapter 7 debtor Christofalos, his aunt Lardas, and creditors Grcic and associates.
Facts:
The cases began with litigation arising related to the ownership of a shopping plaza brought by Lardas against Grcic and associates, which was dismissed for her lack of standing. This was followed by the chapter 7 filing of Christofalos and the chapter 7 trustee's sale of the estate's interest in certain potential claims and the interest in the shopping center to the Grcics and the appeal of the sale for being for "too high a price" by Christofalos without requesting a stay pending appeal. In addition, the judgment against the debtor in an adversary proceeding filed by creditor Kienlen (one of the Grcic associates) denying Christofalos a discharge under 727(a)(4)(A) for knowing and fraudulently omitting assets from his statements and schedules. Finally, the denial of Christofalos's attempt to "reopen" the case originally brought by his aunt.
Judge(s):
Wood, Easterbrook, Hamilton

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