United States of America v. Hunnicutt et al
ORDER adopting 5 Report and Recommendation. The automatic stay of this action is lifted. This action may proceed. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (ADB)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
CASE NO. BK17-40660
LUCAS WALKER HUNNICUTT, and
BRANDIS LYNN HUNNICUTT,
This matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation of the United
States Bankruptcy Judge recommending that this Court withdraw the previous referral
of the matter to the bankruptcy court, Filing No. 5. This is a mortgage foreclosure action
filed by the United States Attorney on behalf of the United States of America, acting
through the Rural Housing Service, an agency of the United States Department of
Agriculture. The United States seeks a judgment in the amount of $88,835.93 plus
interest and costs, a declaration regarding lien priority, authorization to sell the
collateral, and an order regarding disposition of proceeds.
Defendants petitioned for bankruptcy relief under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy
Code on April 28, 2017. They filed a Suggestion of Bankruptcy with the District Court
on May 17, 2017, suggesting that the foreclosure action was stayed upon filing of the
bankruptcy petition. In response to the Suggestion of Bankruptcy, the District Court
referred the case to the bankruptcy court.
Local Rule NEGenR 1.5(a)(1) was amended in December 2014 to allow the
District Court to stay the litigation against a party in bankruptcy until the party requests
referral of the case to the Bankruptcy Court.
No party requested a referral. The
bankruptcy court recommended that this court withdraw the reference of this case to the
bankruptcy court and stay all proceedings until the automatic stay is lifted or the
bankruptcy case is dismissed.
Bankruptcy court records show that the parties thereafter stipulated and agreed
that the plaintiff Rural Housing Service should be relieved from the Automatic Stay
provided for in Section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code or any other order or provision
requiring a stay. See In Re: Lucas Walker Hunnicutt and Brandis Lynn Hunnicutt, Case
No. BK 17-40660, Filing No. 12 (Bankr. D. Neb. June 8, 2017).
Also, the debtors
consented to the plaintiff’s taking possession of the real property involved in this action
and authorized the plaintiff to sell, lease or otherwise dispose of such real property, with
the net proceeds of such disposition to be applied to the amount owed by the
defendants to the Rural Housing Service. Id. On July 6, the bankruptcy court approved
the stipulation. Id., Filing No. 17. Accordingly, pursuant to the stipulation of the parties,
IT IS ORDERED:
The Report and Recommendation of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Filing No.
5) is adopted.
The automatic stay of this action is lifted.
This action may proceed.
Dated this 14th day of July, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Joseph F. Bataillon
Senior United States District Judge
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