Written by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
An Unusually Entertaining Decision from Several Years Back Teaches Valuable Lesson
Bankruptcy attorneys often get busy towards the end of January each year as consumers, having just finished their family holiday obligations, receive a new round of ever-increasing credit card bills, compelling them to seek bankruptcy advice.
Of course, many of these bills contain charges for holiday gift purchases made just weeks before. An interesting and most unusual opinion from 1992, which I found most entertaining for a bankruptcy court decision, addressed this very issue. In re Johannsen
, 160 B.R. 328 (Bkrtcy. W.D.Wis. 1992).
However, as unusual as this decision is, its importance to us today really has nothing to do with the atypical subject matter. To me, the real lesson to be learned from this case is that no matter how sure you are of being successful with litigation, you can still end up losing what appears to be a slam-dunk case.
To further pique your interest, let me quote some of the wording from the published opinion:
“[s]he’s short and buxom with a tiny waist and remarkably long legs which — despite her age (34) — are cellulite free.”