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09-06043 Posl-Bendsen et al v. Leonard et al (Doc. 216)

Posl-Bendsen et al v. Leonard et al, 09-06043 (Bankr. D. Kan. Feb. 3, 2014) Doc. 216

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SO ORDERED.
SIGNED this 3rd day of February, 2014.

 

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IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS


In Re:
DAVID TODD LEONARD and
MICHELLE LEIGH LEONARD,
DEBTORS.

JANICE POSL-BENDSEN, by John R.
Kurth, guardian and conservator; and
JOHN R. KURTH, Trustee of the Janice
Posl-Bendsen Revocable Living Trust,

PLAINTIFFS,

v.
DAVID TODD LEONARD and
MICHELLE LEIGH LEONARD,
DEFENDANTS.

CASE NO. 09-20190
CHAPTER 7

ADV. NO. 09-6043

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
DENYING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS


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In this adversary proceeding creditors Janice Posl-Bendsen, by John R. Kurth,
guardian and conservator, and the Trustee of the Janice Posl-Bendsen Revocable Living
Trust object to the discharge of their claim against Debtors David Todd Leonard and
Michelle Leigh Leonard under 11 U.S.C. §§ 523(a)(2), (a)(4), and (a)(6) and also seek an
order denying discharge under 11 U.S.C. §§ 727(a)(3), (a)(4), and (a)(5). Debtors, who
appear pro se, move to dismiss under Bankruptcy Rule 7012(b)(6). Plaintiffs, who appear
by Patrick E. Henderson, oppose the motion. The Court has jurisdiction.1 For the reasons
discussed below, the Court denies the motion.
THE MOTION TO DISMISS.

A. The applicable standard.
Defendants move to dismiss under Federal Bankruptcy Rule 7012(b), which
incorporates Federal Rule 12(b). It provides for presentation by motion of the defense of
“failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.” As recently stated by Judge
Karlin of this Court, that rule requires that

the complaint must contain “a short and plain statement of the
claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.” The
complaint must present factual allegations, that when assumed

1 This Court has jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§
157(a) and 1334(a) and (b), and the Standing Order of the United States District Court for the District of
Kansas that exercised authority conferred by § 157(a) to refer to the District's bankruptcy judges all
matters under the Bankruptcy Code and all proceedings arising under the Code or arising in or related to a
case under the Code, effective July 10, 1984. Furthermore, this Court may hear and finally adjudicate this
matter because it is a core proceeding pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 157(b)(2)(I) and (J). There is no objection
to venue or jurisdiction over the parties.

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to be true, “raise a right to relief above the speculative level,”
and the complaint must contain “enough facts to state a claim
to relief that is plausible on its face.” “Determining whether a
complaint states a plausible claim for relief is a context-
specific task that requires the reviewing court to draw on its
judicial experience and common sense. This contextual
approach means comparing the pleading with the elements of
the cause(s) of action.” A plaintiff must include in the
complaint “either direct or inferential allegations respecting
all the material elements necessary to sustain a recovery under
some viable legal theory.” “[T]he complaint must give the
court reason to believe that this plaintiff has a reasonable
likelihood of mustering factual support for these claims.”2

Defendants, in addition to relying upon this standard under Bankruptcy Rule 7012, also

cite Bankruptcy Rule 9(b) which states, “in alleging fraud or mistake, a party must state

with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud or mistake. Malice, intent,

knowledge, and other conditions of a person’s mind may be alleged generally.”

B. The motion is not granted because the Defendants’ arguments are not
sufficient.
After discussing the applicable standard, Defendants’ memorandum in support of

their motion includes a long section labeled “uncontroverted facts.” These facts are a

quotation of the uncontroverted facts found by the Court when denying the Plaintiffs’

motion for summary judgment.3 Next, the memorandum includes an analysis of the

elements of the various claims of the complaint, with the exception of Count I. In

2 Farmway Credit Union v. Eilert (In re Eilert), 2014 WL 23744, *1 (Bankr. D. Kan. Jan. 22,

2014) (footnotes omitted). Defendants’ statement of the applicable standard is consistent with this

quotation. See dkt. 214 at 2.

3 Dkt. 195.

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conclusion of their argument, Defendants state, “The Plaintiffs’ adversary complaint
merely makes conclusory allegations, therefore, it fails to state a claim upon which relief
can be granted and it fails to show that the debtors discharge should be denied.”4

The Court declines to grant the motion because the arguments in support fail to
address the controlling standard. The only facts set forth are from the summary judgment
ruling.5 There is no discussion whether the allegations of the complaint contain enough
facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.
CONCLUSION.

For the foregoing reasons, the motion to dismiss the complaint is denied.

IT IS SO ORDERED.
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4 Dkt. 214 at 11.

5 Applicability of the findings of uncontroverted facts made by the Court when ruling on a motion
for summary judgment is limited to the specific motion under consideration when the findings were made.

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