(Bankr. S.D. Ind. Feb. 24, 2016)

The bankruptcy court overrules the trustee’s objection to the debtors’ proposed Chapter 13 plan. For purposes of the means test, the debtors deducted as a car ownership expense payments on a non-purchase money loan secured by their car. The trustee objected, arguing that the deduction was inappropriate because it was not a purchase-money loan and thus not a car ownership expense. The trustee relied on the Supreme Court’s decision in Ransom v. FIA Card Services, N.A. The bankruptcy court rejected the trustee’s argument, holding that the expense constituted a car ownership expense for purposes of the means test.

2016-02-24 – in re brunck