Articles Posted in Montana Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court granting Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company’s (BNSF) motion for summary judgment on Kelly Watson’s asbestos-related disease claim, brought under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, holding that the bankruptcy court’s order enjoining claims against W.R. Grace and other “affiliated entities,” including BNSF, tolled the statute of limitations on Watson’s claim. Thus, the district court erred in concluding that the bankruptcy court’s order expanding a previous injunction barring the commencement or filing of new claims to include BNSF as a nondebtor affiliate did not bar the commencement of new actions against BNSF. View "Watson v. BNSF Railway Co." on Justia Law

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Under Montana law, a debtor may claim an exemption for a health savings account (HSA) within the constraints imposed by Mont. Code Ann. 25-13-608(1)(d) or (f). Debtor in this case filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. Debtor claimed his HSA exempt in the amount of $14,319.61 pursuant to section 25-13-608(1)(d) or (f). Debtor’s withdrawal of funds from the HSA was applied exclusively to qualified medical expenses. The trustee filed an objection to the claim of exemption. The bankruptcy court certified a question on the issue to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court held that a debtor may claim an exemption for an HSA to the extent that it is “used or will be used to pay for the care” described in section 25-13-608(1)(f). View "In re John Charles Giacometto" on Justia Law

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Debtor filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Debtor claimed an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) he inherited from his mother upon her death as exempt property from the bankruptcy estate. The Trustee of the case objected to Debtor’s claim of exemption. The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Montana certified a question to the Supreme Court regarding whether a Debtor may claim an exemption in an IRA pursuant to Mont. Code Ann. 25-13-608(1)(e). The Supreme Court answered the question in the negative, holding that, under Montana’s liberal construction of exemptions, a debtor may not claim an exemption to an inherited IRA under section 25-13-608(1)(e). View "In re Golz" on Justia Law