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Bar News - February 18, 2015

Bankruptcy Court Opinion Summaries

Note: The full text of the opinions below will be available on the Bankruptcy Court’s website.

In re Tacason, 2014 BNH 016, issued December 31, 2014 (Harwood, J.) (unpublished) Reducing fee award to debtor’s counsel on account of unnecessary chapter 13 filing for which debtor was ineligible under 11 U.S.C. § 109(e); denying debtor’s request for court to approve after-the-fact employment of debtor’s counsel in chapter 11 under 11 U.S.C. § 327 and denying all compensation to debtor’s counsel for legal services performed during the period he was not employed by the estate; sanctioning debtor’s counsel for failing to properly disclose fee arrangement with debtor under 11 U.S.C. § 329 and taking estate funds without court approval under 11 U.S.C. § 330.

Gray v. Tacason (In re Tacason), 2014 BNH 017, issued December 31, 2014 (Harwood, J.) (unpublished) Determining debt nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6) after affording factual findings in state court order preclusive effect; in state court contempt proceeding, the state court had found facts sufficient for bankruptcy court to find on summary judgment that debtor had caused willful and malicious injury to the plaintiff.

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