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    In re Rowell, 526 B.R. 300 (January 2015) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    Under § 707(b)(2)(D)(ii), as long as the 540-day exclusion from means testing for veterans has not expired when the petition is filed, the exclusion applies, and the debtor is exempt from the means test.


    Liebzeit v. Intercity State Bank (In re Blanchard), 520 B.R. 740 (October 2014) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    Trustee could not avoid recorded mortgage on Debtors' real property where Debtors had sold property on unrecorded land contract.


    In re Thompson, 520 B.R. 713 (October 2014) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    Creditor with disallowed claim required to refund all mortgage payments made on claim; debtors' requests for attorneys' fees and return of mortgage note denied.


    In re Ryan, 517 B.R. 905 (September 2014) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    In fee allowance dispute, Chapter 13 debtor's attorney bears burden of proving benefit of services to debtor, and in case that does not reach confirmation, the burden may be difficult to meet. Also, the disclosure requirements of § 329 and Rule 2016(b) are mandatory and strictly enforced. 


    Wan Ho Indus. Co., Ltd. v. Hemken (In re Hemken), 513 B.R. 344 (July 2014) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    Creditors' complaints for discharge and dischargeability denied because creditors did not carry their burden of proving that debtor acted with requisite fraudulent intent.


    In re Moncree, 511 B.R. 922 (June 2014) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    Debtor not permitted to amend confirmed plan to reduce value of property and thereby reduce amount of secured creditor's claim.


    In re Ingram, 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 1217 (March 2014) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    Debtor's attorney forced to refund entire fee when she gave inappropriate advice to file bankruptcy when a state court action was warranted, filed inaccurate schedules and fee disclosure and failed to appear at a hearing on enforcement of the stay taking the position that her fee did not cover that hearing.


    In re Ingram, 508 B.R. 98 (March 2014) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    Attorneys' fees and punitive damages for stay violation denied when towing company held valid statutory lien on debtor's truck.


    State of Wisconsin-Department of Workforce Development v. Davis (In re Davis), 507 B.R. 280 (March 2014) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    The Debtor was not personally liable under Wis. Stat. § 108.22(9) for a defunct corporation's liability for unpaid unemployment contributions.


    In re Rove, 505 B.R. 502 (October 2013) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
    Debtor was allowed to exempt interest in Dairy Cooperative equity account under § 522(d)(10)(E) because account was payable on account of age and was similar to a profit-sharing plan.