The attempt of the ex-wife of jailed attorney Marc S. Dreier to collect $7 million in support from his bankruptcy estate suffered a setback this week.

Refusing to lift an automatic stay in the case, Southern District of New York Chief Bankruptcy Judge Stuart M. Bernstein held that Elisa Dreier was not entitled to have a state judge decide whether Mr. Dreier’s noncompliance with a separation agreement accelerated all of the support obligations payable under the pact.

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