J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

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The Absolute Priority Rule in Individual Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases lives on … for now

The principle behind the absolute priority rule is simple: unsecured creditors should be paid before the debtor is entitled to retain property of the bankruptcy estate. In a corporate setting the absolute priority rule...more

12/12/2013 - Absolute Priority Rule BAPCPA Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Consumer Bankruptcy Creditors Debtors

Rogers Towers: Caveat Creditor: Courts Split Regarding Abrogation of Absolute Priority Rule for Individual Chapter 11 Debtors

Although the 2005 BAPCPA amendments appeared to be a boon for creditors, at least with respect to Chapter 7 claims, individual Chapter 11 debtors immediately seized upon a perceived ambiguity in Congress’ language with...more

6/11/2013 - Abrogation Absolute Priority Rule BAPCPA Chapter 11 Debtors Statutory Interpretation

Rogers Towers: Insiders as Equity Investors: Competition Protects Lenders from Absolute Priority Rule Circumvention

Under the absolute-priority rule, unpaid creditors normally receive the equity in a reorganized business. If a plan of reorganization proposes a “new value” investment in exchange for equity, however, the rule does not...more

2/19/2013 - Absolute Priority Rule Chapter 11 Competitive Bidding Creditors Debtors Equity Investors In re Castleton Plaza New Value Plans Reorganizations

Formal Objection to Confirmation not Necessary to Appeal “Absolute Priority” Violation

Cramdown. The very word makes the hair on the back of lenders’ necks stand up, because in the past, there was little a lender could do once the bankruptcy court confirmed a Chapter 11 plan....more

12/11/2012 - Absolute Priority Rule Chapter 11 Cramdown

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