In Rupp v. Moffo, LeBaron & Jensen defended the rights of a single mom against the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee who was trying to stick her with a debt that she did not owe. See Summary below. Stephen W. RUPP, Trustee, Appellee, v. Angie MOFFO, Appellant. Case No. 20130377. Decided: August 14, 2015 Angie Moffo lived rent free for eight years in a home owned by her brother-in-law, Doug Rich. After Rich filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the appointed bankruptcy trustee, Stephen Rupp, filed suit against Moffo for back rent under Utah’s Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, asserting that Rich had defrauded his creditors by allowing Moffo to live in the house rent free after he became insolvent. The district court concluded that Moffo was the recipient of a fraudulent transfer and entered a $34,200 judgment against Moffo. The Supreme Court vacated the judgment entered against Moffo, holding that Rich did not transfer an asset to Moffo within the scope of the Act because the home was fully encumbered by a mortgage, and any rents were not the property of Rich. Remanded with instructions to enter summary judgment in favor of Moffo.
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