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Case Summary In re Seafort,437 B.R. 204,Bankr. 6th Cir.,9/14/2010

In re Seafort, 437 B.R. 204 (Bankr. 6th Cir. 2010)

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When you read a case, check to make sure that the case's decision applies to your local district. Do this by looking at which court has decided the case -- either the U.S. Supreme Court, a court of appeal (listed here in large type), or a district court (listed in small type).  Your local district court judge is not bound to follow the opinion of judges from other district courts, but often they look to these cases for advice. Your local district, however, is bound  to follow decisions in cases from it governing circuit court. You'll see fairly few Supreme Court case here, but those cases are also binding on all districts."

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