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In re Janzen

filed*fn*: April 29, 1992.

IN RE: GARY S. JANZEN, DBA THE JANZEN GROUP, FDBA JANZEN CREATIVE SERVICES, FDBA CONTINUUM, FDBA JANZEN MULLINS, FDBA DELANEY JANZEN, DEBTOR. JAMES M. FORD, AS TRUSTEE OF THE ESTATE OF GARY S. JANZEN, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
THE FRESNO BEE, DEFENDANT-APPELLEE.



Appeal from U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. D.C. No. CV-90-00531-EDF. Edward D. Price, District Judge, Presiding.

Before: Hug, Tang, and T.g. Nelson, Circuit Judges.

MEMORANDUM

Appellant James M. Ford, trustee of the estate of Gary Janzen, appeals the district court's reversal and remand of the bankruptcy court's decision for further proceedings. We DISMISS for lack of jurisdiction.

The district court reversed and remanded the case to the bankruptcy court to allow development of further factual evidence regarding 11 U.S.C. § 547(c)(2)(C). The Ninth Circuit has jurisdiction to hear appeals from "all final decisions, judgments, orders, and decrees" entered by either the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel or the district court. In re Stanton, 766 F.2d 1283, 1285 (9th Cir. 1985) (emphasis added). The Ninth Circuit has no jurisdiction if the district court remands the case for further factual development. In re Victoria Station, Inc., 840 F.2d 682, 684 (9th Cir. 1988).

There are two instances where this court may take jurisdiction despite the case being remanded for further fact-finding by the district court: (1) if a central legal issue is involved, the resolution of which would obviate the need for further fact-finding; or (2) if the resolution of a central legal issue would materially aid the case on remand. Stanton, 766 F.2d at 1288 n. 8.

This court does not find the present case falls within either of the two exceptions. We are certain that the bankruptcy court will apply the proper law to all aspects of the case on remand without the need of this court's intervention and will apply the correct burden of proof on the proper party based upon In re Loretto Winery, Ltd., 107 Bankr. 707 (Bankr. 9th Cir. 1989). The district court's order remanding the case to the bankruptcy court for further proceedings was not a final order over which this court has jurisdiction. The appeal is therefore DISMISSED.

Disposition

AFFIRME ...


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