"Special circumstances" did not exist where debtor worked as an occupational therapist for a school system, only receiving income during 9 months of the year.
In re Cruz, 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 2540 (August 2008) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
Entire bonus received in 6-month prefiling period was included in current monthly income.
In re Luedtke, 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 2118 (July 2008) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
Secured creditor's affirmative credit reporting of original debt rather than debt as modified by debtor's confirmed Chapter 13 plan was a violation of § 1327.
In re Price, No. 08-24090 (June 2008) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
Utility deposit for above-poverty guideline Chapter 7 debtor was reduced based on debtor's motion under § 366(b).
In re Cannon, 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 1870 (June 2008) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
No § 366 utility deposit required when Chapter 7 debtor's income was below poverty guidelines, and deposit could not be required under applicable Public Service Regulations.
Sensient Tech. Corp. v. Baiocchi (In re Baiocchi), 389 B.R. 828 (June 2008) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
A for-profit corporation's employee tuition reimbursement program constituted an educational benefit under § 523(a)(8). The Court held that the Debtor's obligation to repay the debt was therefore nondischargeable in her Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
In re Ford, 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 1381 (April 2008) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
A vehicle that was not purchased for the personal use of the Debtor did not qualify for 910-treatment under the first portion of the hanging paragraph. Since the lender had a purchase money security interest in the vehicle and not "any other thing of value" the second portion of the hanging paragraph also did not apply. The Court questioned the good faith of the debtor in proposing to cram down on a brand new vehicle that the debtor did not use.
In re Spraggins, 386 B.R. 221 (April 2008) -- Chief Judge S.V. Kelley
Below-median Chapter 13 debtor's projected disposable income is determined by Form B22C not Schedule I, and tax refunds need not be dedicated if debtor deducts actual taxes incurred from income.
In re Crego, 387 B.R. 225 (April 2008) -- Chief Judge S.V. 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 Boehlke, 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 235 (January 2008) -- Chief Judge S.V. 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).