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Using this page.  Notable decisions from Judge Charles L. Nail, Jr. and Judge Irvin N. Hoyt from 1987 to the present are currently accessible on this page.  More will be added as time permits, including notable decisions from Judge Peder K. Ecker.  Click on the case or adversary proceeding name on the left to access a summary of the decision, a link to the full decision, and a summary and links to any appeal opinions.  All decisions are in pdf format.  To view, print, or save, use Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Disclaimer.  These decisions are provided as a convenience to the Bar and public.  This is not a comprehensive list of all decisions that have been entered by the Court.  They are subject to modification without notice and should not be relied on conclusively.   Before citing a decision for any purpose, confirm you have the most up-to-date version by accessing the particular case or adversary proceeding's docket through CM/ECF or PACER or requesting a certified copy from the Bankruptcy Clerk. 

Summary/Full Decision/Appeal Historysort descending Case or Adversary Number Judge Date of Decision
Aberdeen Finance Corporation v. South Dakota Network, L.L.C. (In re Aberdeen Finance Corporation) 04-1015 Hoyt 12/01/2004
Accounts Management, Inc. v. Aaron A. Vasa (In re Aaron A. Vasa) 14-4008 Nail 11/19/2014
Accounts Management, Inc. v. Debra Rawlins, Tom D. Tobin, Marc S. Feinstein, and Francis Martin Langan (In re Langan) - Debtor's Motion 13-3003 Nail 10/18/2013
Accounts Management, Inc. v. Debra Rawlins, Tom D. Tobin, Marc S. Feinstein, and Francis Martin Langan (In re Langan) - Tobin's Motion 13-3003 Nail 10/18/2013
Ace Oilfield Rentals, LLC v. Douglas John Kerkvliet (In re Douglas John Kerkvliet) 16-5009 Nail 02/07/2019
Ace Oilfield Rentals, LLC v. Tucker Don Pankowski (In re Tucker Don Pankowski) 16-5008 Nail 02/07/2019
Alvin Raymond Bauer and Deloris La Ryne Bauer v. The United States of America (In re Bauer) 87-1042 Hoyt 11/18/1988
American Family Insurance and Rhonda Opsahl v. Bruce A. Williamson (In re Williamson) 01-1019 Hoyt 02/15/2002
Angela D. Ford v. Justin Uriah Cookie (In re Cookie) 01-5005 Hoyt 05/25/2001
Anna Jean Dean v. Tennessee Student Assistant Corp., Sallie Mae Loan Servicing Center, and Collection Technology, Inc. (In re Michael Eugene Dean and Anna Jean Dean) 93-5017 Hoyt 07/28/1994
Antonio M. Aguirre, Sr. and Kelli D. Aguirre v. Fullerton Lumber Company, Inc. (In re Aguirre) 06-4048 Hoyt 02/21/2007
Automobile Club Insurance Company, Layne Drenth, and Lisa Drenth v. Daniel F. Grygierczyk (In re Grygierczyk) 98-4028 Hoyt 12/28/1998
B-Line v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (In re The Credit Store, Inc.) 03-4039 Hoyt 12/23/2003
BankWest, Inc. v. United States of America, Farmers Home Administration (In re Katcon, Inc.) 88-3006 Hoyt 02/10/1989
Benjamin Schamber v. Jacqueline Fanchon Schamber (In re Jacqueline Fanchon Schamber) 05-4069 Hoyt 12/16/2005
Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Fund v. David Conrad Webb (In re David Conrad Webb and Janice Lee Webb ) 96-4050 Hoyt 05/29/1997
Brad Allen Stabler and Brenda Lee Stabler v. John R. Beyers (In re Stabler) 09-1002 Nail 07/01/2009
Brian D. Stromseth and Petrina J. Stromseth v. Crystal Water, Inc. (In re Stromsseth) 98-1015 Hoyt 12/04/1998
Brian J. Duffy v. Mary Duffy (In re Brian J. Duffy) 02-4069 Hoyt 05/02/2003
Brian J. Duffy v. Mary Duffy (In re Brian J. Duffy) 02-4069 Hoyt 06/26/2003
Brian Seefeldt v. Carrie Jo Seefeldt (In re Carrie Jo Seefeldt) 96-1017 Hoyt 06/04/1997
Bryan L. Brost v. Teri R. Brost (In re Teri R Brost) 99-4020 Hoyt 01/04/2000
Cen-Dak Leasing of North Dakota, Inc. v. Thomas John Wipf (In re Wipf) 04-1008 Hoyt 10/27/2004
Chad Allen Volkers v. Indiana Wesleyan University (In re Volkers) 03-5006 Hoyt 10/10/2003
Cheryl Reed v. Lloyd Curtis Johnson (In re Johnson) 05-3004 Hoyt 05/30/2006
Cleo Colleen Havlovic v. Michael R. Havlovic (In re Cleo Colleen Havlovic) 00-4019 Hoyt 09/13/2000
Community First National Bank v. Elkhorn Farm, Inc. (In re Elkhorn Farm, Inc.) 00-5004 Hoyt 05/03/2000
Connie Drew v. Thomas W. Stanton and Mary Stanton (In re Stanton) 99-5022 Hoyt 02/03/2000
Connie Drew v. Thomas W. Stanton and Mary Stanton (In re Stanton) 99-5022 Hoyt 05/03/2000
CorTrust Bank, N.A. v. Loren D. Miller and Jean A. Miller (In re Miller) 04-4016 Hoyt 03/04/2005
CorTrust Bank, N.A. v. Loren D. Miller and Jean A. Miller (In re Miller) 04-4016 Hoyt 06/04/2004
Cynthia Henley and Markus Bruce Henley v. Express Collections and Meade County (In re Henley) 04-5007 Hoyt 07/13/2004
Cynthia Lee Keller v. Marvin Eugene Willard Parkinson (In re Parkinson) 01-4035 Hoyt 05/24/2002
Dacotah Bank v. Aberdeen Federal Credit Union (In re Brent Joseph Barton and Dawn Francine Barton) 10-1004 Nail 10/05/2010
Daniel Vernon Roggenbuck, II and Robin Kay Roggenbuck v. Social Security Administration (In re Daniel Vernon Roggenbuck, II and Robin Kay Roggenbuck) 17-3001 Nail 07/24/2018
Daniel W. Barrett and Magen L. Barrett v. Small Business Administration and First Dakota National Bank (In re Barrett) 01-4011 Hoyt 07/17/2001
Darrell Boyer v. Barbara Irene Boyer (In re Barbara Irene Boyer) 00-5008 Hoyt 11/13/2000
David Benning dba The Gold Mine, Inc. v. Gasper Mudd Karunaratne (In re Karunaratne) 98-4051 Hoyt 11/19/1998
Delores Graham, as Special Administrator for the Estate of Florence Docken v. Ray Meinders, Joy Meinders and First Premier Bank (In re Meinders) 02-4062 Hoyt 04/09/2003
Delores Graham, as Special Administrator for the Estate of Florence Docken v. Ray Meinders, Joy Meinders and First Premier Bank (In re Meinders) 02-4062 Hoyt 08/27/2003
Don Tarrant v. Darwin Harvey Kurtz (In re Kurtz) 95-4017 Hoyt 09/09/1995
Donna Jones v. Richard Michael Jones (In re Richard Michael Jones and Christine Ann Jones) 05-4067 Hoyt 12/01/2006
Douglas A. Grovenburg and Kathy Ann Grovenburg and Minor Unnamed Children v. Homestead Insurance Company and North Star Mutual Ins. Co. et al. 97-4021 Hoyt 08/29/1997
Douglas A. Grovenburg and Kathy Ann Grovenburg and Minor Unnamed Children v. Homestead Insurance Company and North Star Mutual Ins. Co. et al. 97-4021 Hoyt 10/14/1997
Duane Mehlhaf v. Caitlin Collier (In re Tamara E. Hofer) 97-4045 Hoyt 01/14/1998
Estate of Carl V. Gull and Estate of Eunice I. Gull v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management (In re L.D. Alderson) 92-5002 Hoyt 12/01/1992
Estate of Robert R. Lacey v. Jeffrey L. Knopf (In re Knopf) 01-4030 Hoyt 05/13/2002
First Bank of South Dakota v. Green Tree Financial Corp. (In re E. John Bruner and Eileen Bruner) 96-4049 Hoyt 03/18/1997
First Bank of South Dakota v. Green Tree Financial Corp. (In re E. John Bruner and Eileen Bruner) 96-4049 Hoyt 06/17/1997
First Dakota National Bank, N.A v. James J. Scoblic (In re James J. Scoblic and Jeanne K. Scoblic) 04-4071 Hoyt 05/18/2005
First Fidelity Bank of Murdo v. Robert Allen Bak and Elsie J. Bak dba Bak Construction Company (In re Bak) 88-3003 Hoyt 04/05/1990
First Fidelity Bank of Murdo v. United States Fidelity & Guaranty; Robert Bak; Elsie Bak; The City of Estelline, South Dakota; The Estelline Waste Water Treatment Program (In re Robert Allen Bak and Elsie Jean Bak) 88-3003 Hoyt 02/02/1990
First Midwest Bank-Deerfield Branches v. George Wallace Beeler, Jr. and Carolyn Jeanne Beeler (In re Beeler) 08-4006 Nail 02/10/2009
First Premier Bank v. Mary Elizabeth Engels (In re Engels) 06-4018 Hoyt 06/01/2006
First Western Bank, Deadwood v. Delbert Brink and Pamela Brink (In re Brink) 02-5014 Hoyt 02/07/2003
Frank Guliuzza and Kathy Guliuzza v. Glenn E. Wood and Janet L. Wood (In re Wood) 03-5015 Hoyt 03/15/2004
Gail Sohler v. William G. Barnes (In re Barnes) 01-5014 Hoyt 07/30/2002
Gary Sundquist, Special Administrator of the Estate of Amber Sundquist v. William J. Kaupp (In re Kaupp) 98-3014 Hoyt 12/29/1998
Gerald Lee Hardy v. Warren Arthur Blake and Patricia K. Blake (In re Blake) 95-5009 Hoyt 10/26/1995
Gerald Noble v. Arden Michael Sieh (In re Arden Michael Sieh and Vicky Jo Sieh) 12-1008 Nail 01/31/2013
Global Financial Services and Security Bank of South Dakota v. Wesley D. Ginsbach and Julie A. Ginsbach (In re Ginsbach) 89-5031 Hoyt 03/19/1990
Golden Hills Resort, Inc. v. Homestake Mining Company (In re Golden Hills Resort, Inc.) 92-5012 Hoyt 03/05/1993
Gregory Antonio Robinson and Melinda Robinson v. Fairbanks Capital Corp. (In re Robinson) 04-4045 Hoyt 01/27/2005
Harry Vanderwerf, Betty Vanderwerf and David Vanderwerf v. James T. Kirwan and Shirley M. Kirwan (In re Kirwan) 97-3011 Hoyt 04/06/1998
Harry Vanderwerf, Betty Vanderwerf and David Vanderwerf v. William P. Kirwan (In re Kirwan) 97-3010 Hoyt 04/06/1998
Heather K. Tolsma v. Student Loan Finance Corp., Student Loan Corporation, University Accounting Service LLC, and Educational Credit Management Corporation (In re Tolsma) 05-4042 Hoyt 12/02/2005
Holly Hayden v. Ronald Edward Tidwell (In re Tidwell) 00-5016 Hoyt 06/13/2001
Holly Hayden v. Ronald Edward Tidwell (In re Tidwell) 00-5016 Hoyt 11/29/2000
In re Abdul T. Ward 00-40098 Hoyt 07/20/2000
In re Aisley B. Ferguson 05-42224 Hoyt 04/07/2006
In re Alfred L. Buchholz and Josephine M. Buchholz 94-40526 Hoyt 08/15/1995
In re Alvin Bauer and Deloris La Ryne Bauer 87-1042 Hoyt 07/07/1988
In re Alvina E. Iron Hawk 00-30084 Hoyt 01/10/2001
In re Antonio M. Aguirre, Sr. and Kelli D. Aguirre 01-40161 Hoyt 10/06/2003
In re Arden Loren Stern and Arlene Elsie Stern 91-40509 Hoyt 01/27/1998
In re Arden Loren Stern and Arlene Elsie Stern 91-40509 Hoyt 02/16/2000
In re Arlyn Juard Coleman and Barbara Lynn Coleman 10-10171 Nail 12/07/2010
In re Arthur Adolph Berger and Cheryl Jean Berger 87-10289 Hoyt 01/07/1994
In re Arthur Dean Reeves and Emma Lu Reeves 99-30008 Hoyt 06/13/2001
In re Arthur Dean Reeves and Emma Lu Reeves 99-30008 Hoyt 01/23/2001
In re Autumn A. Erickson 96-40398 Hoyt 03/28/1997
In re Bellman Farms, Incorporated 84-30017 Hoyt 12/31/1991
In re Benjamin Stanley Kaiser dba Ben's Custom Wood and Cabinetry 95-50063 Hoyt 06/19/1995
In re Bert Outka and Rosalie J. Outka 97-50491 Hoyt 04/13/2000
In re Berwald Partnership 04-10273 Hoyt 08/22/2005
In re Betty Wilson and Monte Wilson 00-40790 Hoyt 03/05/2001
In re Black Hills Greyhound Racing Association 91-50224 Hoyt 03/25/1993
In re Brad Allen Stabler and Brenda Lee Stabler 03-10179 Nail 06/16/2016
In re Bradley Duane Thomas 05-10148 Hoyt 10/12/2005
In re Bradley M. Doerr and Debra J. Doerr 01-40036 Hoyt 08/25/2004
In re Bradley M. Doerr and Debra J. Doerr 01-40036 Hoyt 11/30/2001
In re Brenon K. Farmer and Kristie Elizabeth Farmer 19-40378 Nail 07/08/2021
In re Brent G. Thompson and Carrie D. Thompson 20-40445 Nail 01/28/2021
In re Bridgeport Tractor Parts, Inc. 03-40965 Hoyt 04/02/2004
In re Britt E. Williams 95-30031 Hoyt 01/29/1996
In re Broken Bow Ranch, Inc. 87-30137 Hoyt 06/26/1995
In re Broken Bow Ranch, Inc. 87-30137 Hoyt 03/21/1988
In re Bruno, Inc. 92-50206 Hoyt 08/12/1993
In re Bruno, Inc. 92-50206 Hoyt 10/18/1993
In re Cal Nowell and Jean Nowell 85-10075 Hoyt 05/15/1989

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