UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
ANDREW RAYMOND BREWSTER CASE NO. 08-20315
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
This matter having come before the court upon Debtor’s Motion for Extension of Automatic Stay (DOC 9), the matter having been heard by the court on March 31, 2008, and Debtor having filed Supplemental Authority in Support of Extension of the Automatic Stay (DOC 20), the court issues this memorandum opinion and order.
This matter is submitted to the court on the sole issue of whether the court has authority to extend the stay when a hearing was not completed before the expiration of the 30-day period following a bankruptcy filing.
This bankruptcy case was filed on February 21, 2008. A prior bankruptcy case was pending against the Debtor within the previous year which was dismissed. The previous case was not refiled after a 11 U.S.C. § 707(b) dismissal. Therefore, pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3)(A), the automatic stay expired 30 days from the filing date of this case.
The Debtor requests that the court extend the stay to continue pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3)(B). However, this section of Title 11 states that in order for the court to continue the automatic stay that the hearing must be completed before the expiration of the 30-day period. In this case that did not happen as the hearing was held on March 31, 2008, nine days after the stay had been terminated.
Debtor cites three cases as support that the automatic stay can be continued. Those three cases are In re Moon, 339 B.R. 668 (Bankr. N.D. Oh. 2006), In re McFeeley, 362 B.R. 121 (Bankr. Vt. 2007), and In re Jones, 339 B.R. 360 (Bankr. E.D. N.C. 2006). However, the courts refused to extend the automatic stay in all three of those cases. The plain meaning of the statute is that the court does not have authority to extend the stay when a hearing is not completed before the expiration of the 30-day period following a bankruptcy filing. Debtor has cited no cases to the contrary.
For those reasons, Debtor’s Motion for Extension of Automatic Stay it is hereby OVERRULED.
W. Ron Adams, Esq.
Beverly M. Burden, Esq.
Michael L. Baker, Esq.