Jessica Grossarth

Jessica Grossarth

Pullman & Comley, LLC

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Bankruptcy Beat: Credibility of the Parties is Key Component In Objection To Discharge Proceedings

On June 6, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s (Weil, J.) decision overruling a pro se creditor’s objections to the debtor’s discharge under 11 U.S.C....more

7/10/2014 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Creditors Pro Se Litigants

Legal Check-Ups: Maximizing Business Value With Preventative Care

For decades, people have been making doctors’ appointments strictly for preventative care reasons. These check-ups are not prompted by symptoms, but rather in hopes of finding potential problems before they become harder to...more

7/9/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel

Same-Sex Marriage Recognized as Valid in Non-Recognition State for Purposes of Interpreting the Bankruptcy Code

As a result of two Federal trial court decisions issued May 19, 2014 and May 20, 2014, Oregon and Pennsylvania became the 18th and 19th states where gay and lesbian couples can legally marry. In these decisions, U.S....more

7/9/2014 - Bankruptcy Code Discrimination DOMA Equal Protection Fourteenth Amendment Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

Bankruptcy Beat: Bankruptcy Court Applies To Collateral Estoppel To State Court Judgement For Fraud and Vexatious Litigation In...

In her first published decision, rendered in Mexico Construction and Paving v. Thompson (In re Thompson), Case No. 11-32924, Adv. Pro. No. 12-03065 (Bankr. D. Conn May 22, 2014), Judge Julie A. Manning held on the basis of...more

6/25/2014 - Abuse of Process Collateral Estoppel Commercial Bankruptcy Dischargeable Debts Estoppel Fraud

Bankruptcy Beat: Former Spouses’ Relative Income a Critical Factor in Determining Whether the Assumption of Mortgage Payments...

Disputes between general creditors and creditors asserting domestic support obligation claims are becoming commonplace in consumer bankruptcy cases. The dispute typically arises because spouses’ or former spouses’ claims are...more

6/19/2014 - Consumer Bankruptcy Creditors Divorce Priority Disputes Support Orders

Bankruptcy Beat : Choice of Law & Liquidated Damages Analyses Result in Significant Reduction of Creditor’s Claim

In the context of an objection to claim proceeding, the Bankruptcy Court (Dabrowski, J.) engaged in choice of law and liquidated damages analyses and as a result disallowed approximately a million dollars of Best Western’s...more

6/12/2014 - Best Western Commercial Bankruptcy Hospitality Industry Hotels Liquidated Damages

Post-Divorce Judgment Legal Fees Generated By Custody Dispute Constitute a Non-Dischargeable Debt Pursuant to 11 U.S.C....

Section 523(a)(15) of the Bankruptcy Code provides that a discharge “does not discharge an individual debtor from any debt…to a spouse [or] former spouse, … in the course of a divorce…or…divorce decree or other order of a...more

3/26/2014 - Attorney's Fees Consumer Bankruptcy Divorce

Connecticut District Court and Bankruptcy Court Differ on Extent to Which the Automatic Stay Automatically Terminates Upon Second...

Under §362(c)(3)(A), when a debtor files a second bankruptcy case within one year after the first case, the automatic stay in the second case will automatically terminate “with respect to the debtor” on the 30th day of the...more

2/11/2014 - Automatic Stay Consumer Bankruptcy Creditors

Northern District of New York Bankruptcy Court Rules On Issue of First Impression Concerning Lien Stripping in A Chapter 7 Case

“Lien stripping” often takes two forms. A debtor’s attempt to void the unsecured portion of a lien when there is some but not enough equity in collateral to fully cover a lienholder’s entire debt is commonly referred to as a...more

1/30/2014 - Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Lien Stripping Unsecured Debt

Are School Tuition Payments Fair Game For Bankruptcy Trustees in Parents' Personal Bankruptcy?

Parents who are forced to file for personal bankruptcy may be surprised to find that school tuition payments they made for their children years earlier could become the target of recovery by an aggressive bankruptcy trustee. ...more

1/7/2014 - Chapter 13 Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Fraudulent Transfers

Potential Personal Liability for Corporate Debts

A business experiencing financial difficulty will typically be forced to allocate its scarce resources toward payment of only some of its creditors. In that process, it is important to keep in mind that for some types of...more

8/5/2013 - Business Ownership Corporate Governance Debt ERISA FICA Taxes Officers Personal Liability Sales & Use Tax Wages

Bankruptcy Law Update - December 2012

In this December 2012 Issue: - Second Circuit Decisions - Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Decisions The Second Circuit tackles the criminal exception to the automatic stay, administrative rent claims under a...more

12/21/2012 - Arbitration Automatic Stay Criminal Exception Debtor-Creditor Equitable Mootness Leases Post-Confirmation Jurisdiction Transfer of Venue Warrant for Eviction

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