Miller v. Schaub (In re Schaub), No. 11-01811 (DHS), 2012 WL 1144424, at *3–*4 (Bankr. D.N.J. Apr. 4, 2012) (Steckroth)

The exception to discharge in § 1328(a)(4) is not limited to prepetition awards of restitution or damages. “A past participle is simply the form of the verb used in the phrase and does not suggest past action. . . . The underlying policies of section 1328(a)(4) support an interpretation that does not require judgment be obtained prepetition in order to be nondischargeable. . . . The plain meaning of section 1328(a)(4) . . . effectively ‘pits a tortfeasor against his victim in a race to the courthouse.’ . . . This Court . . . is reluctant to insulate a debtor’s wrongful conduct based solely on the vagaries of timing.”

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