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Judge James D. Walker Jr. (Retired)

If a creditor perfected its lien on a mobile home within the 90 day period prior to the debtor's petition and more than 20 days after delivery of the mobile home, and if the Chapter 13 trustee does not actually bring an action to litigate avoidance of the perfection of the lien prior to confirmation of the plan, the res judicata effect of Section 1327(a) will protect the creditor's allowed secured claim only if the trustee had opportunity to litigate the avoidance because she actually knew about the untimeliness of the creditor's perfection of its lien, and if the trustee discovers the untimely perfection subsequent to confirmation, she may bring an action to avoid it.

Robert F. Hershner, Jr. (Retired)

The Chapter 13 debtor defaulted prepetition on a retail land sales contract. The creditor moved for relief from the automatic stay so that he could remove the debtor from the realty. The Court denied the motion, noting that the debtor's interest had not been foreclosed under state law.

Debtor could not claim as exempt the cash value of life insurance policies under O.C.G.A. § 44-13-100(a)(8).

Judge John T. Laney, III

Creditor (Piggly Wiggly) is held in contempt for willfully violating the automatic stay based on its having issued a warrant postpetition for Debtor's arrest based on a worthless check written prepetition. Debtor carried her burden and satisfied both prongs of the test established in Barnette v. Evans, 673 F.2d 1250 (11th Cir. 1982), so that having the criminal warrant issued was stayed by the bankruptcy filing.