Finova Capital Corporation v. FLMI, Inc.

Filing 920060509

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[DO NOT PUBLISH] IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT FILED ________________________ U.S. COURT OF APPEALS No. 05-16237 Non-Argument Calendar ________________________ ELEVENTH CIRCUIT MAY 9, 2006 THOMAS K. KAHN CLERK D. C. Docket No. 04-02797-CV-T-24TBM BKCY No. 96-00805 In Re: Optical Technologies, Inc., a.k.a. Bell Atlantic Capita Corp., d.b.a. Lewisport Pharmacy, d.b.a. Broadway Clinic Pharmacy, Debtor. _________________________________________________ FINOVA CAPITAL CORPORATION, Plaintiff-Appellee, versus FLMI, INC., d.b.a. Kurtz Pharmacy, FRANK BYERLY, Defendants-Appellants. ________________________ Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida _________________________ (May 9, 2006) Before DUBINA, HULL and WILSON, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: Appellants, Frank Byerly and FLMI, Inc., appeal from an order of the district court reversing a final judgment of the bankruptcy court. The bankruptcy court found that Byerly and FLMI are not creditors of Recomm International Display, Ltd. ("Recomm"), the debtor, and therefore cannot be bound by the Confirmed Plan of Reorganization and the Confirmation Order. The district court disagreed, finding that FLMI potentially had two claims against Recomm: (1) fraud, and (2) breach of contract. After carefully reviewing the record on appeal and reading the parties' briefs, we conclude that Byerly and FLMI were not creditors of Recomm because they did not have a "claim" as that term is defined in 11 U.S.C. 101(5). The appellants have never sought any claim against Recomm, in state or federal court, and have never filed a proof of claim with Recomm. The bankruptcy court's finding that the appellants returned the leased equipment and deemed Recomm's debt satisfied before Recomm filed for bankruptcy are not clearly erroneous. Therefore, we reverse the district court's order dated September 30, 2005. REVERSED. 2

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