In re Graupner (06-40237)

Creditor Nuvell Credit Corp. (“Nuvell”) filed an objection to the confirmation of Debtor’s Chapter 13 Plan. In his plan, Debtor proposed to bifurcate and cramdown Nuvell’s undersecured claim using § 506 of the Code as was common practice prior to the enactment of certain provisions of BAPCPA. The “hanging paragraph” of § 1325(a), which was added by BAPCPA and became effective on October 17, 2005, prohibits bifurcation and cramdown where (1) the creditor has a purchase money security interest; (2) the debt was incurred within 910 days preceding the filing of the bankruptcy case; (3) the collateral for the debt is a motor vehicle; and (4) the motor vehicle was acquired for the personal use of the debtor. The Court SUSTAINED Nuvell’s objection holding that in the context of the retail installment sale of a motor vehicle in Georgia, “price,” for purposes of Georgia’s purchase money security interest statute, can include negative equity in a trade-in vehicle.

Thursday, December 21, 2006