Brown v. Gorman
MEMORANDUM OPINION Signed by District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema on 10/10/2017. (gwalk, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
BARBARA MURPHY BROWN,
On Appeal from
THOMAS P. GORMAN,
in the United States
Bankruptcy Court for the
Eastern District of Virginia
After the Court heard oral argument from the parties on appellant Barbara Murphy
Brown's ("Brown" or "appellant") appeal of the bankruptcy court's dismissal of her Chapter 13
proceeding, the dismissal was affirmed. Brown has appealed that oral ruling. This Memorandum
Opinion more ftilly explains the basis for the Court's decision.
The Chapter 13 proceeding at issue was not Brown's first, and to understand the
bankruptcycourt's decision, the history of Brown's proceedings is necessary.
A. First Bankruptcy Case
Represented by counsel. Brown filed a previous Chapter 13 petition on June 11, 2015 in
the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. S^ Murphy Brovm v.
Gorman. No. l:15-cv-01265,2016 WL 3702974, at *1 (E.D. Va. July 7, 2016). In her initial
Schedule A disclosure of real property Brown listed an ownership interest with her husband,
Jeffery L. Brown, as tenants by the entirety in her residence on Barbara Lane in Fairfax, Virginia
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