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Keywords/Topic Date Title Description Judge
Property of the Estate, Trustee     02/28/2018     Clarke C. Coll v. Carla Franco et al     

Counterplaintiffs brought action against chapter 7 trustee under four separate counts (a quiet title claim, disparagement of title, civil conspiracy to disparage title, and for the imposition of a constructive trust). The trustee responded with a Motion to Dismiss the counterclaims, and the Court granted the Motion as to Counts Two, Three, and Four under the Barton doctrine and quasi-judicial immunity.

Judge David T. Thuma
Automatic Stay     02/20/2018     Edward Crespin and Janis Crespin     

Plaintiff sought relief from automatic stay to allow the state court to determine the total amount of punitive damages, costs, attorney’s fees, and interest owed by Debtors. The Court created eight new factors to determine whether or not to lift the stay. The Court concluded that there is insufficient cause to modify the automatic stay, because the Court can quickly determine the remaining issues and the claims allowance process is a core bankruptcy function.

Judge David T. Thuma
Exemptions     01/31/2018     Pedro Mendoza and Sandy M. Armijo     

Debtors moved to reopen their case to schedule a cause of action resulting from a car accident and exempt a post-petition settlement. Trustee objected to the exemption. The Court held that the failure to disclose was not texemphe result of excusable neglect. Therefore, Debtors will not be able to amend their Schedule C.

Judge David T. Thuma
Abstention, Remand     01/25/2018     Smith & Marrs, Inc., v. Hoskins Family Enterprises Inc., et al     

Debtor removed adversary proceeding from state court, after having filed its main chapter 11 case on the eve of trial. Debtor owned a working interest in oil and gas wells, and had no business operations, cash flow, employees, or bank accounts. Case was remanded under both mandatory and permissive abstention.

Judge David T. Thuma
Assumption and Rejection     01/09/2018     Edward A. Mazel, Trustee v. Michael Allen Holley     

The Court denied the Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment to determine that the Purchase of a Business Agreement and Promissory Note is an Executory Contract. The Court found that there were significant fact issues that precluded the Court from deciding whether the Business Agreement and Promissory Note was either an executory contract or merely a financing device.

Judge David T. Thuma
Fraudulent Transfers     01/04/2018     Philip J. Montoya, Trustee v. Richard Lieberman, M.D.     

Court found that Debtor did not receive reasonable equivalent value for a sale of a membership interest and was insolvent during the course of the payments. Most of the payments were clawed back under 11 U.S.C. § 548(a)(1)(B)(ii)(I) and N.M.S.A. § 56-10-19(A).f

Judge David T. Thuma
Dischargeability, Nondischargeability     12/22/2017     Dennis O'Brien v. Dennis William Montoya     

Court dismissed sec. 523(a)(2)(A) claim because it did not allege that the debtor obtained a benefit from the creditor by the alleged fraud.

Judge David T. Thuma
Damages, Discharge, Dischargeability, Nondischargeability     12/11/2017     Lujan v. Davide et al     

 Plaintiff, an investor in Defendant's business, brought claims under §§  523(a)(2)(A), (a)(4), and (a)(6), seeking to establish that Defendant's loan debt was nondischargeable. The Court found that Plaintiff carried his burden of proof under §  523(a)(2)(A) and Defendant had employed false representations or false pretenses in obtaining Plaintiff's loan. Defendant's loan debt was therefore nondischargeable. Plaintiff failed to prove his claims under §§  523(a)(4) and (a)(6).dama

Judge David T. Thuma
Property of the Estate, Public Utility, Standing, Trustee, Turnover     12/01/2017     Clarke C. Coll v. Picacho Hills Development Company, Inc.     

Plaintiff, Chapter 7 Trustee, brought a § 542 claim seeking the turnover of funds from Defendant to the bankrupt estate. A portion of the funds at issue had previously been the subject of an administrative turnover order issued by the New Mexico Public Utility Commission; the remaining funds were proceeds from Defendant's sale of estate assets to a third party. On cross motions for summary judgment, the Court found for Plaintiff and ordered that the funds be turned over to Plaintiff.

Judge David T. Thuma
Automatic Stay, Discharge, Dischargeability, Nondischargeability, Relief from Stay     11/21/2017     Jean Marie Torres-Montoya and Dennis William Montoya     

Plaintiff sought stay relief to allow state court litigation to proceed against Defendant. The Court, after analyzing Plaintiff's request for stay relief under In re Curtis, found that the Curtis factors weighed against lifting the automatic stay. In denying Plaintiff's motion, the Court found that state court litigation for malicious abuse of process would not eliminate the necessity of a separate trial in bankruptcy court on the dischargeability of Defendant's judgment debt under §§ 523(a)(2)(A) and (a)(6).

Judge David T. Thuma