In re Pickett (04-42768)

(Also: Bruce, Case No. 04-42805; McRae, Case No. 04-42887; Cook, Case No. 04-42810; LaGrand, Case No. 04-42787; Cooper, Case No. 04-42754; Burrell, Case No. 04-42793; Gilboy, Case No. 04-42888; Skinner, Case No. 04-43011; Kirkland, Case No. 05-40241; Voss, Case No. 05-40018; Cochran, Case No. 05-40483; Carr, Case No. 05-40559 - July 15, 2005) - The United States Trustee brought this motion because the Debtors are residents of Alabama. The Debtors opposed the motion and argued that the U.S. Trustee’s motions were untimely. The court did not adopt a bright-line rule that motions brought sixty days after filing are untimely. To determine whether a motion is timely, the court must look to the facts and circumstances of each case. The court found that the motions in the majority of the cases were untimely under the Advisory Committee Notes, Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1014(a) because too much had transpired when the motions were brought. The court found two of the motions were timely because "the first major motion[s] were not yet decided before the motion[s] were filed." In re 1606 New Hampshire Avenue Associates., 85 B.R. 298, 305 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 1988).

Friday, July 15, 2005