After the Supreme Court affirmed the McPherson County verdict against John Beyers and First State Bank of Roscoe, we sought recovery in Bankruptcy Court for First State of Roscoe and John Beyers’ violation of the automatic stay in initiating their litigation against Brad and Brenda Stabler. The bankruptcy judge awarded $159,605.77 of attorney’s fees and $25,000 of punitive damages against John Beyers and $25,000 of punitive damages against First State Bank of Roscoe, for violating the automatic stay and the manner in which they did so.
After the award, John Beyers and First State Bank of Roscoe appealed the Federal Bankruptcy Judge’s decision to Federal District Court Judge Roberto Lange. On March 30, 2017, the Honorable Roberto A. Lange affirmed the bankruptcy judge’s decision finding contempt and imposing sanctions.
Read the Court’s Opinion & Order: [pdf]
Read the Aberdeen News story: [pdf]