Courts continue to wrestle with the issue of trustee fees in pre-confirmation dismissals. The Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois has now weighed in in In re Johnson, 2023 WL 3406597 (Bankr. N.D. Il. 2023).
The facts are pretty typical. Debtor filed for Chapter 13. After 8 months and 8 confirmation hearings, the Court granted Trustee’s request for dismissal for “unreasonable delay” under § 1307(c)(1). One week after dismissal, Debtor filed a Motion to require the Trustee to disgorge the Trustee fee. The Trustee . . .
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