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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 Darrell Hookie 97-40015 Hoyt 04/16/1998
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
In re Wayne Douglas Taylor and Peggy Taylor 89-40349 Hoyt 03/19/1998
In re Arden Loren Stern and Arlene Elsie Stern 91-40509 Hoyt 01/27/1998
Duane Mehlhaf v. Caitlin Collier (In re Tamara E. Hofer) 97-4045 Hoyt 01/14/1998
In re David R. Hamann and Peggy J. Hamann 97-10069 Hoyt 11/14/1997
In re Louis Juttelstad and Eleanor R. Juttelstad 97-40409 Hoyt 11/12/1997
In re Leonard Charles Conrad 97-40191 Hoyt 11/06/1997
In re Florence M. Cole 94-30046 Hoyt 10/15/1997
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
In re Stanley T. Cichonski and Lynne D. Cichonski 97-50170 Hoyt 09/23/1997
Trustee John S. Lovald v. State Farm Insurance Companies (In re Dorothy Marie Jorgensen) 97-4029 Hoyt 09/18/1997
In re William C. Mellenberndt 97-40270 Hoyt 09/18/1997
In re David J. Thyen and Tammy L. Thyen 97-10030 Hoyt 09/17/1997
In re Kim M. Krueger 96-40587 Hoyt 09/05/1997
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 08/29/1997
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Marjorie Alvina Schmidt (In re Schmidt) 97-3001 Hoyt 08/06/1997
In re Marjorie Alvina Schmidt 97-30009 Hoyt 08/01/1997
In re Margo J. Hoffman 96-4046 Hoyt 07/21/1997
Wilbur John Smith and Betty Jean Smith v. U.S.A./Rural Economic and Community Dev. (In re Smith) 94-3010 Hoyt 06/19/1997
First Bank of South Dakota v. Green Tree Financial Corp. (In re E. John Bruner and Eileen Bruner) 96-4049 Hoyt 06/17/1997
Brian Seefeldt v. Carrie Jo Seefeldt (In re Carrie Jo Seefeldt) 96-1017 Hoyt 06/04/1997
In re David Conrad Webb and Janice Lee Webb 96-40476 Hoyt 05/29/1997
Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Fund v. David Conrad Webb (In re David Conrad Webb and Janice Lee Webb ) 96-4050 Hoyt 05/29/1997
In re Dakota Industries, Inc. 87-40209 Hoyt 04/28/1997
In re Roger L. Dice 96-30095 Hoyt 04/02/1997
In re Autumn A. Erickson 96-40398 Hoyt 03/28/1997
Trustee Rick A. Yarnall v. First Premier Bank, N.A. (In re Craig Robert Smith) 96-4024 Hoyt 03/27/1997
First Bank of South Dakota v. Green Tree Financial Corp. (In re E. John Bruner and Eileen Bruner) 96-4049 Hoyt 03/18/1997
Western Surety Company v. Fritz R. Lamphere (In re Lamphere) 96-5015 Hoyt 03/12/1997
In re Melvin D. Van Dentop 95-40644 Hoyt 03/07/1997
United States of America v. Dan E. Danielson (In re Danielson) 96-4007 Hoyt 02/04/1997
Joanne Heikes v. Russell Heikes, Caitlin Collier, and A. Thomas Pokela (In re Joanne Heikes) 96-4037 Hoyt 01/31/1997
In re Ronald J. Tesch and Kim A. Tesch 96-10115 Hoyt 01/28/1997
Trustee A. Thomas Pokela v. Dakotaland Federal Credit Union (In re Charles C. Dammann) 96-4027 Hoyt 01/09/1997
Trustee A. Thomas Pokela v. First Premier Bank (In re Gregory Scott Bassler, Sr. and Patricia Lynnett Bassler) 96-4031 Hoyt 01/09/1997
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Home Federal Savings & Loan (In re Mark Jacob Steinfurth and Susan Xuan Steinfurth) 96-4032 Hoyt 12/23/1996
In re Gary J. Stratmeyer 96-40354 Hoyt 12/02/1996
In re John R. Harris 96-40507 Hoyt 11/14/1996
In re Dakota Industries, Inc. 87-40209 Hoyt 11/08/1996
In re James A. Anderson 93-10223 Hoyt 10/29/1996
In re Wayne E. Wasilk and Marlys R. Wasilk 96-10070 Hoyt 10/16/1996
In re Dickson Warren Jorgensen and Christine Marion Jorgensen 96-50173 Hoyt 10/01/1996
In re Double L.J. Farms 93-40213 Hoyt 08/19/1996
In re Leonard A. Rowley and Beverly A. Rowley 87-40157 Hoyt 07/29/1996
In re Dale G. Hermanson and Brenda L. Hermanson 95-40711 Hoyt 07/11/1996
In re Joel L. Torigian and Diane J. Torigian 95-10202 Hoyt 07/05/1996
In re Claudette L. Joseph 96-40011 Hoyt 07/03/1996
Paul John Dold v. Carolyn Christie, with Will Annexed of the Estate of Judson S. Berry, Deceased, and Timothy Reish, Minor County Sheriff (In re Dold) 96-4002 Hoyt 06/21/1996
In re Neuhauser Ranch, Inc. 87-50123 Hoyt 06/06/1996
Trustee Dennis C. Whetzal and Kendall L. Gray v. Capital American Life Insurance Company (In re Kendall L. Gray and Lauri Anne Gray) 94-5016 Hoyt 06/03/1996
In re Jeffrey W. Brown 94-40513 Hoyt 05/10/1996
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Farm Service Agency-Ag Credit (In re Kerry Lutter and Janet Lutter) 95-3011 Hoyt 04/26/1996
In re Oma Bronc May and Dale S. May 95-40397 Hoyt 03/22/1996
Sentinel Federal Credit Union v. U.S.A./Rural Economic and Community Development, and Donald John Tunnissen and Charlene Joan Tunnissen (In re Tunnissen) 95-3007 Hoyt 03/04/1996
In re Britt E. Williams 95-30031 Hoyt 01/29/1996
In re John A. Wingert 95-40479 Hoyt 01/26/1996
Smith v. U.S.A., Farmers Home Administration (In re Wilbur John Smith and Betty Jean Smith) 94-3010 Hoyt 12/22/1995
Trustee Dennis C. Whetzal and Kendall L. Gray v. Capital American Life Insurance Company (In re Kendall L. Gray and Lauri Anne Gray) 94-5016 Hoyt 12/21/1995
In re Loren E. Volberding 95-40368 Hoyt 12/20/1995
In re Melvin L. Patton and Sylvia P. Patton 95-40169 Hoyt 12/20/1995
In re Neuhauser Ranch, Inc. 87-50123 Hoyt 12/19/1995
In re Tommy O. Rice and Diane Ellen Rice 93-40057 Hoyt 12/18/1995
Trustee John S.Lovald v. Mark Barnett, SD Attorney General, Shannon P. O'Malley, John O'Malley, Marty O'Malley, Larry O'Malley, and Carmelita Loray O'Malley 94-3007 Hoyt 12/01/1995
In re Francis D. Laffey 93-40570 Hoyt 10/30/1995
In re Herbert W. Allen and Donna Mae Allen 87-10052 Hoyt 10/30/1995
In re Charles J. Krall and Carmela M. Krall 91-40225 Hoyt 10/27/1995
Gerald Lee Hardy v. Warren Arthur Blake and Patricia K. Blake (In re Blake) 95-5009 Hoyt 10/26/1995
Don Tarrant v. Darwin Harvey Kurtz (In re Kurtz) 95-4017 Hoyt 09/09/1995
In re Alfred L. Buchholz and Josephine M. Buchholz 94-40526 Hoyt 08/15/1995
In re Tommy O. Rice and Diane Ellen Rice 93-40057 Hoyt 08/14/1995
In re James W. Eagle and Patricia L. Eagle 92-30072 Hoyt 08/10/1995
Trustee Dennis C. Whetzal and Kendall L. Gray v. Capital American Life Insurance Company (In re Kendall L. Gray and Lauri Anne Gray) 94-5016 Hoyt 08/10/1995
In re Richard H. Tiede and Doris K. Tiede 95-40038 Hoyt 08/09/1995
In re Lori Ann Hageman 95-40211 Hoyt 07/25/1995
Smith v. U.S.A., Farmers Home Administration (In re Wilbur John Smith and Betty Jean Smith) 94-3010 Hoyt 07/24/1995
In re Rose Ranch Operating Partnership 90-30016 Hoyt 07/21/1995
In re Rose Ranch Operating Partnership 90-30016 Hoyt 07/21/1995
In re Broken Bow Ranch, Inc. 87-30137 Hoyt 06/26/1995
In re Neuhauser Ranch, Inc. 87-50123 Hoyt 06/20/1995
In re Benjamin Stanley Kaiser dba Ben's Custom Wood and Cabinetry 95-50063 Hoyt 06/19/1995
In re Clifford Buxcel and Elaine Buxcel 94-30036 Hoyt 06/19/1995
In re Gerald L. Fitzgerald and Geraldine Fitzgerald 94-40472 Hoyt 06/09/1995
In re RKF Truck Lines Limited 92-40226 Hoyt 06/07/1995
In re Joanne Heikes 93-40002 Hoyt 05/30/1995
In re Doreen A. Graff 94-40382 Hoyt 05/22/1995
In re Harvey G. Fridrich and Adeline L. Fridrich 94-40247 Hoyt 05/05/1995
Trustee John S. Lovald v. Daniel Bruce Ecker and Suzann Elizabeth Ecker (In re Ecker) 94-3008 Hoyt 05/03/1995
Mitchel E. Morris v. USA Acting through Internal Revenue (In re Morris) 91-5010 Hoyt 05/03/1995
In re Charles Gerard Dwyer 94-50152 Hoyt 04/12/1995
Trustee James A. Craig and Valley Bank v. John N. Gridley, III, Patricia Leigh Gridley Dick, Pamela A. Gridley Jaudes, and Mary Jane Gridley Simmons (In re Patricia H. Gridley) 93-4046 Hoyt 03/27/1995
Trustee James A. Craig v. Nancy Martz O'Brien, Catherine Hyde Nichols, Martha Hyde Brown, and Dorothy Hyde, as Special Administratrix of the Estate of Robert T. Hyde (In re Patricia H. Gridley) 93-4049 Hoyt 03/27/1995
In re Norman Eugene French 91-40108 Hoyt 03/24/1995
In re Timothy J. Kappenman and Debbie L. Kappenman 94-10105 Hoyt 03/09/1995
In re Dewain Franklin "Buzzy" Waletich and Joan Marie Waletich 94-10050 Hoyt 03/03/1995
In re Ronald Owen Torgerson and Charlene Rae Torgerson 94-10095 Hoyt 02/27/1995
In re Herbert Warren Allen, III and Donna Mae Allen 87-10052 Hoyt 01/13/1995
In re Thomas Carroll Tracy and Thomas C. Tracy, Inc. 94-10100 Hoyt 01/10/1995
In re Junior Sebastian Hammrich and Joyce Marie Hammrich 87-10032 Hoyt 12/27/1994

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