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Bankruptcy Court Decisions

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 History Case or Adversary Number Judge Date of Decisionsort ascending
In re Toni-Dee Lucille Beilke 00-40818 Hoyt 01/11/2001
In re Joanne Renee Nolte 00-40804 Hoyt 01/11/2001
In re Richard Jay Pearsall and Arla Rae Pearsall 00-30080 Hoyt 01/11/2001
In re Alvina E. Iron Hawk 00-30084 Hoyt 01/10/2001
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Gerald R. Kirwan, Jr. and Leona J. Kirwan (In re Kirwan Ranch) 99-3001 Hoyt 01/10/2001
In re Gerald B. Greenwood 00-50415 Hoyt 12/28/2000
Langford State Bank v. Jesse B. West and Luella V. West (In re West) 00-1013 Hoyt 12/26/2000
In re Steven Anton Kotalik and Sharon Marie Kotalik 00-40225 Hoyt 12/08/2000
In re Finesha Randle Dawson 00-40405 Hoyt 12/07/2000
Holly Hayden v. Ronald Edward Tidwell (In re Tidwell) 00-5016 Hoyt 11/29/2000
Darrell Boyer v. Barbara Irene Boyer (In re Barbara Irene Boyer) 00-5008 Hoyt 11/13/2000
In re Lamont Darrell Hill 00-30071 Hoyt 11/03/2000
In re Evert L. Fredricks and Rhoda A. Fredricks 00-40484 Hoyt 09/27/2000
In re Donald John Tunnissen and Charlene Joan Tunnissen 95-30001 Hoyt 09/27/2000
Cleo Colleen Havlovic v. Michael R. Havlovic (In re Cleo Colleen Havlovic) 00-4019 Hoyt 09/13/2000
Wanda G. Gaston v. Evan David Pipitone (In re Pipitone) 00-5009 Hoyt 09/08/2000
In re Casey Ray Tebay 00-40245 Hoyt 09/08/2000
In re Jesse B. West and Luella V. West 99-10322 Hoyt 08/31/2000
In re Ronald M. Stasko and Jennifer L. Stasko 99-10142 Hoyt 08/31/2000
In re Ronald E. Tidwell 98-50422 Hoyt 08/16/2000
In re Thomas Zane Reeves 99-30061 Hoyt 08/14/2000
In re Abdul T. Ward 00-40098 Hoyt 07/20/2000
Paige Hofer-Ward v. Abdul T. Ward (In re Abdul T. Ward) 00-4011 Hoyt 07/20/2000
In re Kirwan Ranch 97-30004 Hoyt 07/14/2000
In re Gary B. Dezell and Florence E. Dezell 00-40227 Hoyt 07/06/2000
In re Phyllis R. Bitterman 99-41111 Hoyt 06/27/2000
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Gerald R. Kirwan, Jr. and Leona J. Kirwan (In re Kirwan Ranch) 99-3001 Hoyt 06/19/2000
In re Kandis K. Rieger 99-30043 Hoyt 06/08/2000
In re David K. Huskey and Colleen L. Huskey 00-10009 Hoyt 05/30/2000
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Rolland E. Jensen and J.R. Rawlins, Inc. (In re Thomas W. Tyler) 00-4007 Hoyt 05/25/2000
In re Charles R. Swenson and Karna L. Swenson 99-10195 Hoyt 05/04/2000
Connie Drew v. Thomas W. Stanton and Mary Stanton (In re Stanton) 99-5022 Hoyt 05/03/2000
Community First National Bank v. Elkhorn Farm, Inc. (In re Elkhorn Farm, Inc.) 00-5004 Hoyt 05/03/2000
In re Bert Outka and Rosalie J. Outka 97-50491 Hoyt 04/13/2000
Rick Gartner v. Marquette Bank and White Hills, Inc. (In re White Hills, Inc.) 99-4004 Hoyt 04/10/2000
In re Chelsea D. Ferguson and Donna M. Ferguson 97-50639 Hoyt 03/31/2000
In re Debra J. Otten 96-40513 Hoyt 03/28/2000
In re Daniel J. Goergen and Arlene F. Goergen 99-50511 Hoyt 03/17/2000
Nancy Lee McCaslin v. Gary R. Halbert (In re Halbert) 99-1020 Hoyt 03/17/2000
In re Arden Loren Stern and Arlene Elsie Stern 91-40509 Hoyt 02/16/2000
In re Gerald James Gesinger and Heidi Marie Gesinger 99-50185 Hoyt 02/09/2000
Connie Drew v. Thomas W. Stanton and Mary Stanton (In re Stanton) 99-5022 Hoyt 02/03/2000
In re Wayne A. Nielsen and Nina C. Nielsen 00-50015 Hoyt 01/26/2000
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Gerald R. Kirwan, Jr. and Leona J. Kirwan (In re Kirwan Ranch) 99-3001 Hoyt 01/12/2000
In re Debra J. Otten 96-40513 Hoyt 01/11/2000
Bryan L. Brost v. Teri R. Brost (In re Teri R Brost) 99-4020 Hoyt 01/04/2000
In re Gary L. Kaiser 98-50285 Hoyt 12/17/1999
In re Gail E. Etzel and John H. Etzel 99-10262 Hoyt 12/07/1999
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Credit Collections Services (In re Deborah Maxwell) 99-4022 Hoyt 12/03/1999
In re Richard M. Maier 99-10177 Hoyt 11/30/1999
In re Kenneth M. Gudahl and Joan K. Gudahl 99-40740 Hoyt 11/12/1999
In re Jessie Joyce Hughes and Caroll Lee Hughes 99-40302 Hoyt 10/18/1999
In re Jessie Joyce Hughes and Caroll Lee Hughes 99-40302 Hoyt 10/18/1999
State of South Dakota on behalf of Eileen M. Lowe aka Mary E. Lowe, Prince of Peace Retirement Community, Inc., and Eileen M. Lowe aka Mary E. Lowe v. Margaret Ann Lowe (In re Margaret Ann Lowe) 99-5006 Hoyt 10/14/1999
In re Rodney M. Foster 99-10025 Hoyt 08/10/1999
In re Joseph William Dreps and Cynthia Ann Dreps 99-50103 Hoyt 08/05/1999
In re Cara Mc Leod 99-10083 Hoyt 08/05/1999
In re Lyndon M. Franzen 99-50153 Hoyt 07/23/1999
In re Michael L. Kreber and Sandra L. Kreber 97-40197 Hoyt 06/29/1999
RCB Bank v. David Keith Olsen (In re Olsen) 98-1026 Hoyt 06/11/1999
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Myril Arch, Sr. (In re Arch) 98-3020 Hoyt 06/02/1999
Rick Gartner v. Marquette Bank and White Hills, Inc. (In re White Hills, Inc.) 99-4004 Hoyt 05/18/1999
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Neil F. Schmidt, Jr., Viking Aircraft Owners, LLC (In re Viking Glass, Inc. and SNE Enterprises, Inc.) 98-4011 Hoyt 05/07/1999
Ramona L. Byrne v. Gary O. Zilverberg (In re Zilverberg) 96-3010 Hoyt 04/02/1999
In re Lee's Travelers Lodge, Inc. 97-50297 Hoyt 04/01/1999
In re Cameron W. Wyly 94-10088 Hoyt 03/31/1999
In re Jerome Dean Gebur 98-40153 Hoyt 03/19/1999
Trustee John S. Lovald v. First Fidelity Bank, Leroy Emil Neuharth, and Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance Co. (In re Leroy Emil Neuharth) 98-3004 Hoyt 03/19/1999
Janet C. Snyder v. Charles J. Snyder (In re Charles J. Snyder) 98-3016 Hoyt 03/16/1999
In re McTighe Industries, Inc. 98-40440 Hoyt 03/09/1999
West River Surgery, P.C. v. William J. Burley (In re Burley) 98-5012 Hoyt 03/05/1999
In re Leroy John Rausch and Patricia Evelyn Rausch 87-30100 Hoyt 02/05/1999
James E. Garrett and Sandra Ann Garrett v. First State Bank of Miller, United States by and though Farm Services Agency (FSA) (In re Garrett) 98-3013 Hoyt 01/28/1999
In re Linda Kay Davis 98-50475 Hoyt 01/13/1999
Kenneth Elliott and Marlys Havard Elliott v. Merlin Ziegmann, Sandra Ziegmann, and Gerald A. Bunders (In re Elliott) 98-4027 Hoyt 01/11/1999
Kenneth Elliott and Marlys Havard Elliott v. Merlin Ziegmann, Sandra Ziegmann, and Gerald A. Bunders (In re Elliott) 98-4027 Hoyt 01/06/1999
Gary Sundquist, Special Administrator of the Estate of Amber Sundquist v. William J. Kaupp (In re Kaupp) 98-3014 Hoyt 12/29/1998
In re John W. Kitterman 98-40060 Hoyt 12/28/1998
Automobile Club Insurance Company, Layne Drenth, and Lisa Drenth v. Daniel F. Grygierczyk (In re Grygierczyk) 98-4028 Hoyt 12/28/1998
In re Terry R. Diefenderfer, Jr. and Amy M. Diefenderfer 98-40519 Hoyt 12/18/1998
In re Wayne "Tom" Teigen and Pamela Teigen 96-10055 Hoyt 12/18/1998
Jack Weaver, DDS v. John Nicholas Bardonner (In re Bardonner) 98-5016 Hoyt 12/17/1998
In re Dean Robert Walters, Jr. 98-50064 Hoyt 12/08/1998
Lisa Burton v. Dean Robert Walters, Jr. (In re Walters) 98-5005 Hoyt 12/08/1998
William M. Green v. Jay Logan and Colonial Pacific Leasing (In re Green) 97-4016 Hoyt 12/04/1998
Brian D. Stromseth and Petrina J. Stromseth v. Crystal Water, Inc. (In re Stromsseth) 98-1015 Hoyt 12/04/1998
David Benning dba The Gold Mine, Inc. v. Gasper Mudd Karunaratne (In re Karunaratne) 98-4051 Hoyt 11/19/1998
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Neil F. Schmidt, Jr., and Viking Aircraft Owners, LLC (In re Viking Glass, Inc. and SNE Enterprises, Inc.) 98-4011 Hoyt 11/16/1998
In re Robert D. Mendelsohn and Susan R. Mendelsohn 98-40099 Hoyt 11/10/1998
In re Keith Neil Haffer 97-41065 Hoyt 09/21/1998
In re Ehab A. Andrawis 98-40040 Hoyt 07/30/1998
William M. Green v. Jay Logan and Colonial Pacific Leasing (In re Green) 97-4016 Hoyt 07/21/1998
In re Raymond C. Handboy and Marvel J. Handboy 97-50358 Hoyt 07/02/1998
Tracy J. Lansdowne v. Hal Arden Lansdowne (In re Hal Arden Lansdowne) 97-4055 Hoyt 06/24/1998
Trustee John S. Lovald v. First Bank of South Dakota, NA and Anthony L. Le Pera (In re Anthony L. Le Pera) 97-4060 Hoyt 06/23/1998
In re Clifford Buxcel and Elaine Buxcel 98-30004 Hoyt 06/17/1998
Trustee Dennis C. Whetzal v. Edward A. Kumley and Leesa Irene Kumley (In re Kumley) 98-5003 Hoyt 06/10/1998
In re Pamela E. Beauchamp 97-50487 Hoyt 05/28/1998
In re William C. Shultz and Evelyn Shultz 96-50121 Hoyt 05/11/1998
In re Lynn Keith Swanson dba Midwest Transfer 97-10300 Hoyt 05/08/1998

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