Appeal from United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Northern District of Ohio at Cleveland.
No. 10-20299—Jessica E. Price Smith, Judge.
Argued: February 7, 2017
Decided and Filed: April 17, 2017
Before: HARRISON, PRESTON, and WISE, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Judges.
MARIAN F. HARRISON, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Judge. Wayne L. Wright
(“debtor”) filed this appeal from the bankruptcy court’s order granting the Chapter 7 Trustee’s
(“trustee”) motion for authority to compromise personal injury and workers’ compensation
claims. The bankruptcy court rejected the debtor’s argument that the trustee had abandoned
those claims when the decree closing the case did not specify that the estate retained the claims.
For the reasons stated below, the Panel reverses in part and affirms in part the bankruptcy court’s