A neighbor got into a fight with his neighbor in the hallway of their apartment building. The man pinned the neighbor against the wall and bit into his nose.
In a Court proceeding, the man who was bitten won a $110,695 default judgment.
Shortly thereafter, the “nose biter” filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and wanted to discharge this debt.
The Bankruptcy Court thought it was a ridiculous defense that the Debtor acted in self-defense. The Court concluded that his “biting” actions were willful. It is undisputed that when someone pins a victim up against a wall and uses his teeth to forcefully bit down on the victim’s flesh, it is willful.
In addition, the Debtor had pleaded guilty to the crime.
A dog may be able to bite a carrot on a snowman but a Debtor cannot bite his creditor’s nose and get away with it…..