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In re Crego, 387 B.R. 225 (April 2008) -- Judge Kelley
Married debtors who filed joint petition but were living separately and in the process of divorce could claim expenses of second household as "special circumstances" but the expenses of that household were limited to the appropriate National and Local Standards.

In re Melanie Collins (March 2008) -- Judge Shapiro

Creditor’s motion to dismiss case because of debtor’s failure to provide creditor with a copy of her most recent federal income tax return was denied. The court concluded that the creditor had the ability to obtain the requested tax return by other means, including use of§ 521(g)(2), and that dismissal of case would be unduly harsh.

In Re Van Bodegom Smith, 07-25202 (March 2008) -- Judge Pepper

Above-median-income Chapter 13 debtors cannot subtract from their current monthly income secured debt payments for collateral they intend to surrender when calculating their projected disposal income.

In re Melvin M. Kalata, Case No. 07-21710 (February 2008) -- Judge McGarity

Chapter 13 debtor was not allowed to take a deduction on Means Test for "future payments on secured claims" for surrendered residence.

In re Roger & Roberta Clark, Case No. 07-23390 (February 2008) -- Judge McGarity

Chapter 13 debtors were allowed to take a vehicle ownership expense deduction for a vehicle they owned free and clear.

In re Dunlap (January 2008) -- Judge Shapiro

The court held that the use of negative equity financing by the parties in connection with the purchase of a new car and trade-in of an another vehicle did not destroy the purchase money nature of Nissan’s PMSI. The court found that there was a close nexus between the debtors’ acquisition of the new car and the entire secured obligation, which included the negative equity financing. Therefore, pursuant to the hanging paragraph contained in 11 U.S.C. § 1325(a), the debtors could not cram down the secured lender’s claim into a secured claim and an unsecured claim under 11 U.S.C. § 506.

In re Boehlke, 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 235 (January 2008) -- Judge Kelley
Debtors' vehicle lease payments are not payments on secured claim and cannot be deducted as secured claim payments on Line 42 or 23(b) of Form B22A. Debtor can deduct ownership/lease expenses on Line 23(a).

In re Wetzel, 381 B.R. 247 (January 2008) -- Judge Kelley
Debtors' post-confirmation inheritance and business income is property of the Chapter 13 estate, and proper subject of Trustee's modification of plan to increase payments.

In Re Smith, 07-30540. (Bankr.S.D. Il June, 2008) (January 2008) -- Judge Pepper

The debtor purchased a vehicle within 910 days of filing her Chapter 13 petition. The financing for this purchase included funds loaned to pay taxes, administrative fees, service fees, gap insurance, a service contract and the negative equity on the debtor's trade-in vehicle. The Court held that the fact that the debtor's obligation to the creditor included these components did not deprive the creditor of its purchase money security interest in the collateral, and therefore that, pursuant to the hanging paragraph of 11 U.S.C. section 1325(a), the debtor could not cram down the creditor's interest.

In Re Lackowski, 08-21496 (January 2008) -- Judge Pepper

Pursuant to the Wisconsin exemption statutes, debtor who lives part-time in rented apartment in Milwaukee and part-time in a mobile home she owns in Adams County can claim the homestead exemption for the Adams County property. She can do so in spite of the fact that all of the evidence presented at the evidentiary hearing on the matter indicated that the debtor considered the Milwaukee County apartment her legal residence. The Court found that the debtor "occupied" the Adams County residence for the purpose of the exemption, albeit on a part-time basis.

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