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The District of Arizona offers a database of opinions for the years 2012 to current, listed by year and judge.

Datesort ascending Description Judge
06/02/14 Warfield v. Santander Consumer (2:14-ap-00173-DPC) 06/02/14

Holding: Defendant’s date of perfection of a lien relates back to December 14, 2013. Therefore, Plaintiff/Trustee’s rights and powers under 11 U.S.C. § 544(a), which arose on the Petition Date of December 18, 2013, are inferior to Defendant’s lien rights. See § 546(b) and A.R.S. § 47-9322(A)(1). Defendant’s motion to dismiss is granted.

Judge Daniel P. Collins
05/30/14 Cline (2:13-bk-19488-DPC) 05/30/14

Holding: Missouri’s exemptions are not restricted to residents of Missouri so long as Debtors are domiciled in Missouri for purposes of Section 522(b)(3)(A). Because Missouri has opted-out of the federal exemption scheme, Debtors must use the exemptions provided under Missouri law.

Judge Daniel P. Collins
05/13/14 Reaves v. Thurston (2:10-ap-02156-EPB) 05/13/14

Holding: Debtor knowingly and fraudulently made a false oath or account or withheld from an officer of the estate recorded information relating to the Debtor’s property and financial affairs. Therefore, he is not entitled to a discharge.

Judge Eddward P. Ballinger, Jr.
05/05/14 Gould v. Wisniewski (2:12-ap-01213-EWH) 05/05/14

Holding: Debtors have satisfied the requirements of § 523(a)(2)(A) with respect to the First Advance in the principal amount of $100,000, plus interest, costs and fees calculated pursuant to the Note up to the petition date.

01/24/14 Scannell v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. et al (2:13-ap-00302-DPC) 01/24/14

Holding: The parties present an issue of first impression, namely, which has priority in Arizona: a restitution lien or a purchase money deed of trust? The Court concludes that a purchase money deed of trust against real property has priority over an earlier recorded restitution lien.

Judge Daniel P. Collins
01/14/14 Joseph Otto Letizia and Zhanhong Chen (3:13-bk-09233-RJH) 01/14/14

Holding: The issue presented is whether the Debtors may exempt two vehicles, concededly utilized primarily for business purposes in a sole proprietorship, using Arizona’s personal item exemptions provided in A.R.S. § 33-1125(8). The Court holds that debtors in Arizona, doing business as sole proprietors, may not exempt vehicles used primarily for business using Arizona personal item exemptions, and instead must use Arizona’s tools of the trade exemptions.

Judge Randolph J. Haines (retired)
09/20/13 Desert Road Builders et al v. Kelland Investments, LLC (0:10-ap-01392-EPB) 09/20/13

Holding: The Court finds and concludes that Defendant failed to prove that the transaction was an equitable mortgage, rather than a sale. Therefore, judgment in favor of Plaintiffs.

Judge Eddward P. Ballinger, Jr.
09/19/13 Peter Peter Cottontail, LLC (2:12-bk-23574-RJH) 09/19/13

Holding: The issue in this case is whether a loan modification agreement negotiated between the Debtors and Everkrisp Vegetables, Inc. satisfied the Arizona Statute of Frauds or any of its exceptions. The Court concludes that the agreement did satisfy the Arizona Statute of Frauds, and even had it not, exceptions to the Statute of Frauds apply in this case to make the agreement’s terms enforceable.

Judge Randolph J. Haines (retired)
09/16/13 Gray (3:13-bk-08071-RJH) 09/16/13

Holding: Trustee objects, on grounds of bad faith, to the Debtors’ amended claim to exempt prepaid rent in the amount of $900. The Court finds bad faith and sustains the objection.

Judge Randolph J. Haines (retired)
09/03/13 Armorworks Enterprises, LLC (2:13-bk-10332-BMW) 09/03/13

Holding: Overruling the Objection of the C Squared Parties and approving the Application to employ Arnold & Porter as an Ordinary Course Professional subject to the Application, as amended by the Reply, and as set forth on the record at the August 29, 2013 hearing.

Chief Judge Brenda Moody Whinery

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