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Keywords/Topic Date Title Description Judge
Standing     03/16/2012     Patel et al v. Patel et al     

New Mexico community property law dictates that where only one spouse is named in a document evidencing ownership of community personal property, only that spouse has the power to manage, control, dispose of, or encumber that property. Given this rule, when only spouse is listed on LLC membership documents, the other spouse does not have standing to assert a derivative action on behalf of the LLC.  2012 WL 908439 (Bankr.D.N.M. J. Jacobvitz 2012).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Dischargeability     03/15/2012     CAGO, Inc. v. Slade     

Even though a settlement agreement may not have been induced by fraud, if it novates a contract predicated on fraud, the settlement amount is itself nondischargeable (and thus the measurement of the nondischargeable debt) under § 523(a)(2)(A). For the Court to find a debt nondischargeable on the basis of a debtor's misrepresentation regarding his financial condition, the misrepresentation must be made in a written document. § 523(a)(2)(B). This opinion also summarily describes when § 523(a)(11) is applicable.  --- B.R. ----, 2012 WL 907225 (Bankr.D.N.M. J. Jacobvitz 2012).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Exemptions     03/13/2012     Lucio Leide Foah     

The New Mexico state exemption on life insurance policies extends to insured parties who are citizens or residents of the state of New Mexico, and to owners of insurance policies who are citizens or residents thereof.  2012 WL 863833 (Bankr.D.N.M. J. Jacobvitz 2012).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Dischargeability     03/13/2012     Lyon v. Aguilar (In re Esteban Angel Aguilar and Dena Denise Robinson)     

Reconsideration, grounds for.  Statute of limitations versus statute of repose, differences.  Rule 4007.  523(c).  fraudulent concealment & equitable tolling, fraud upon the court, meaning of "without prejudice".  470 B.R. 606.

Judge James Starzynski
Discharge     03/09/2012     Beverage v. Noriega     

Carelessness and ignorance do not constitute "knowingly fraudulent" behavior for the purposes of denying discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(4). Beverage v. Noriega, 2012 WL 827263 (Bankr.D.N.M. J. Jacobvitz 2012).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Automatic Stay     03/05/2012     In re Andrea R. Jymison     

Debtor may not move to set aside her own discharge to reinstate the automatic stay.  2012 WL 709980.

Judge James Starzynski
Exemptions     02/23/2012     Michael Mark Mulholland and Patricia Mary Mulholland     

A judicial lien is avoided pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 522(f).  2012 WL 601784 (Bankr.D.N.M. J. Jacobvitz 2012).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Chapter 11     02/17/2012     Cottonwood Corners Phase V, LLC, a New Mexico limited liability company     

Another In re Cottonwood Corners Phase V LLC opinion discusses a number of confirmation issues, including: whether a claim is impaired or cured under § 1124; the doctrine of artificial impairment; how to calculate interest rates under the Supreme Court case Till v. SCS Credit Corp. , 541 U.S. 465 (2004); cramdown, generally; some effects of Stern v. Marshall , 131 S.Ct. 2594 (2011); and plan feasibility. Case No. 11-12663-j11 (Bankr.D.N.M. J.Jacobvitz 2012).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz
Automatic Stay     02/16/2012     In re Ralph Leo Brutsche     

Automatic stay litigation.  Section 362. 2012 WL 526047.

Judge James Starzynski
Chapter 13     02/08/2012     Fred Dale Van Winkle     

A Chapter 13 plan to be funded by the liquidation of property is conditionally approved.  2012 WL 404956 (Bankr.D.N.M. 2012).

Chief Judge Robert H. Jacobvitz