Site Stores Bankruptcy Docs for Free Reading

A new website called Inforuptcy is being touted as a cheaper alternative to PACER for those accessing bankruptcy documents. The site charges the regular PACER fee for documents that are not yet in its database, but after a document is accessed, it remains in the database for future users to read for free. In addition, downloading a PDF of a case in the database costs half of the PACER fee. Inforuptcy co-founder Michael Mikikian says, “The more people who bypass and use our site instead, the more we will be able to share that information with the public.” The ABA Journal links you to the stories on the topic.

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Bankruptcies Up Slightly in West Tennessee

Bankruptcies increased slightly in West Tennessee during the first quarter of 2012, according to The Daily News Online. All chapters combined – Chapters 7, 11 and 13 – amounted to 3,063 Shelby County bankruptcies, up 2.8 percent from 2011.

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West Tenn. Bankruptcy Judge Retires

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge G. Harvey Boswell — the only bankruptcy judge in Jackson — will retire July 8, but because of stalled legislation in Congress, it appears his position will not be filled before he departs. David Kennedy, chief bankruptcy judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of West Tennessee, said some of the bankruptcy judges in Memphis will likely travel to Jackson to hear cases until a replacement is named. In related news, Judge George Emerson Jr. recently was appointed to succeed Boswell on the 6th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Emerson will continue to serve as a trial bankruptcy judge in Memphis, in addition to reviewing decisions of bankruptcy judges from other judicial districts in the Sixth Circuit. The Memphis Daily News has more

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Judge Donald to be Honored

The Hon. Bernice B. Donald is one of five “legends” who will be honored by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis at its 2012 Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium. Donald is the first African American woman to sit on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She was the first African American woman in the United States to serve as a bankruptcy judge and was the first African American woman to serve as judge in Tennessee. The Legends Award Reception is April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Columns in Memphis. The Annual Tribute Luncheon is April 26 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Other honorees are civil rights activist Velma Lois Jones, Sylvia Goldsmith Marks, Dorothy Gunther Pugh and Dr. Shirley C. Raines, the first woman president of the University of Memphis. Get reservations and learn more.

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Todd Marsh and Kari Marsh (“Plaintiffs”) sued Larry A. Storie (“Storie”) and First Tennessee Bank National Association (“First TN Bank”) with regard to, among other things, ownership of real property which had been the subject of both a tax sale and a foreclosure sale. After a hearing, the Trial Court entered an order on January 4, 2011 granting partial summary judgment dismissing First TN Bank from the case, and certifying the judgment as final as to First TN Bank pursuant to Tenn. R. Civ. P. 54.02. Plaintiffs appeal the dismissal of their claims against First TN Bank. We affirm.

Attorney 1: 

J. Myers Morton, and George W. Morton, Jr., Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Todd
Marsh and Kari Marsh.

Attorney 2: 

Gordon D. Foster, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, First Tennessee Bank National