Normally, once the Bankruptcy Petition is filed, Creditors are barred from seeking to collect from the borrower, until the Bankruptcy Proceedings are concluded. This includes lawsuits.
However, there are exceptions.
Bankruptcy Court erred when it held that Creditor’s attempt to collect contempt sanctions in State Court violated the Automatic Stay; longstanding 9th Circuit authority exempts contempt sanctions from stay provisions of 11 USC Sec. 362 (In re Mark Dingley [Nevada District], 8/6/2014)