Western Aircraft, Inc. v. James Lisowski, Sr.

Filing 920090528


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FOR PUBLICATION UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT In re: SILVER STATE HELICOPTERS, LLC. WESTERN AIRCRAFT, INC., Petitioner, JAMES v. F. LISOWSKI, SR., Trustee-Respondent. No. 08-80165 D.C. No. 08-cv-1397-RLH B. Ct. No. 08-10936-MKN ORDER On Petition for Permission to Appeal Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 158(d)(2) Submitted February 23, 2009 Filed May 28, 2009 Before: Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, and Michael Daly Hawkins, Circuit Judge. COUNSEL Matthew C. Zirzow and Gerald M. Gordon, Gordon & Silver Ltd., Las Vegas, Nevada; Jerry Hall, Jr. and Patrick Potter, Pillsbury Wintrop Shaw Pitman LLP, Washington, D.C., for the petitioner. Victoria Nelson and Ogonna M. Atamoh, Santoro Driggs Walch Kearney Johnson & Thompson, Las Vegas, Nevada, for the trustee-respondent. 6329 6330 IN RE SILVER STATE HELICOPTERS ORDER In the instant case, Western Aircraft ("Western") leased commercial real estate to Silver State Helicopters ("Silver State"). Silver State later filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief. After the trustee was appointed, Western demanded that the trustee pay the rent that had accrued under the lease for the first 60 days following Silver State's filing of the bankruptcy petition. The trustee failed to pay the rent. Western moved the bankruptcy court for an order requiring the rental payment. See 11 U.S.C. 365(d)(3). The bankruptcy court denied Western's motion, reasoning that the timing of performance under section 365(d)(3) is within the discretion of the bankruptcy court. The bankruptcy court has certified for appeal the question whether section 365(d)(3) requires the immediate payment of accrued rent. Because we conclude the order at issue is fully within the discretion of the bankruptcy court, and resolution of the underlying issue (whether section 365(d)(3) requires the immediate payment of accrued rent) is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the ongoing proceedings, the petition for permission to appeal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 158(d)(2) is denied. PRINTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE--U.S. COURTS BY THOMSON REUTERS/WEST--SAN FRANCISCO The summary, which does not constitute a part of the opinion of the court, is copyrighted 2009 Thomson Reuters/West.

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