In re Galvin, Bankruptcy No. 82-05657

Decision Date12 September 1984
Docket NumberBankruptcy No. 82-05657,Adv. No. 84-7041.
Citation46 BR 12
PartiesIn re Patrick J. GALVIN and Sandi K. Galvin, Debtors. Phillip D. ARMSTRONG, Trustee of Estate of Patrick J. Galvin and Sandi K. Galvin, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES of America, acting Through FARMERS HOME ADMINISTRATION AND COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION, Defendant.
CourtU.S. Bankruptcy Court — District of North Dakota

Phillip Armstrong, Minot, N.D., for plaintiff.

Jerome Kettleson, Bismarck, N.D., for defendant.


WILLIAM A. HILL, Bankruptcy Judge.

Before the Court is a Motion for Summary Judgment brought by the Trustee on August 30, 1984. The Trustee on March 30, 1984, brought the instant Complaint against two agencies of the United States of America under the strong-arm provisions of section 544 of the Bankruptcy Code. By the instant Motion, the Trustee seeks summary judgment in his favor on his cause of action against the Farmers Home Administration and by the same Motion requests a dismissal of his cause of action against the Commodity Credit Corporation. Summary judgment is appropriate "if the pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file together with affidavits, if any, show there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law." See Rule 56(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure adopted by Rule 7056 of the Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. See also Jewson v. Mayo Clinic, 691 F.2d 405 (8th Cir.1982).

At issue is whether the FHA properly perfected its security interest in the Debtors' farm equipment and cash proceeds from crops grown in Bottineau County, North Dakota, or whether the security interests are unperfected against the interest of the Trustee.

The United States has not responded to the instant Motion but in its Answer to the Trustee's Complaint admitted allegations which bear directly on the issue. From the admissions, it is undisputed that the Debtors at all times relevant resided in Minot, Ward County, North Dakota, and that while living in Minot, North Dakota, they extended to FHA a security interest in farm equipment and all crops growing or to be grown on land situated in Bottineau County, North Dakota. Further, it is undisputed that the financing statements pertaining to the equipment and crops depict the Debtors' address as being in Minot, North Dakota, but the financing statements themselves were filed only in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Bottineau County, North Dakota. The financing statements were not filed in Ward County, North Dakota, the place of the Debtors' residence.

In the Affidavit in support of the instant Motion, Patrick J. Galvin states that he has been a resident of Ward County for many years and that neither he nor his family have resided in Bottineau County since 1952. From the admitted facts, the Court is satisfied that no genuine issue of material fact remains and the case may be resolved on the basis of the Plaintiff's Complaint, the Defendant's admissions, and the Affidavit of Patrick J. Galvin.

The issue is whether the FHA properly perfected its security interest in the farm equipment and crop proceeds consistent with applicable state law.

Relevant North Dakota Century Code provision is section 41-09-40(1) (U.C.C. § 9-401(1)) which provides as follows:

a) When the collateral is equipment used in farming operations, or farm products, . . . then in the Office of the Register of Deeds in the county of the debtor\'s residence . . . and in addition when the collateral is crops, as provided in subsection (b).
b) When the collateral is crops growing or to be grown . . . in

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