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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
MICHEAL L. JONES
WELLS FARGO BANK
Before the Court is Appellant Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.'s Appeal
from a decision of the United States...more
ORDER DENYING WELLS FARGO’S MOTION TO VACATE AUTOMATIC STAY
AND PARTIALLY GRANTING RELIEF SOUGHT IN OBJECTIONS THERETO
Upon the motion, dated January 24, 2012 (the “Motion”), of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
(“Wells Fargo”) to...more
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