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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Thomson Reuter’s Real Estate Finance Journal, Samantha Alves Orender provides guidance on how debtors who misuse collateral may be at risk of losing the benefit of...more

Energy Alert: The Court of Appeal Upholds the Redwater Decision

by Field Law on

Field Law’s Energy Group continues to follow developments regarding the Redwater Energy case. This Energy Alert summarizes the Alberta Court of Appeal’s recent decision on the matter. ...more

Discharge In Bankruptcy Without Reaffirmation Is Not A Shield And A Sword

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Many borrowers use bankruptcy as a shield against a lender’s foreclosure action. Some also try to use bankruptcy as a sword to bring up defenses that stem from the mortgage contract to defeat a foreclosure. A recent second...more

Walrath Opinion on Avoidance Actions – Motion for Summary Judgment: Denied

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a 24 page decision released April 13, 2017, Judge Walrath of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied a motion for summary judgment in a preference action brought by Charles Stanziale as the chapter 7 Trustee of Powerwave...more

All Experience is not Good Experience – Experience Ratings & 11 U.S.C. § 363(f)

by Burr & Forman on

Recently, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama joined with a number of courts in finding that a debtor’s ability to sell their assets free and clear of any “interests” in property encompassed the right to...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert on, of all Things, the Standard of Review for Determining Non-Statutory Insider Status

by Bryan Cave on

Last December, we updated you that the Supreme Court was considering whether to grant review of In re The Village at Lakeridge, LLC, 814 F.3d 993 (9th Cir. 2016). Our original post is here. On March 27, 2017, the Supreme...more

SDNY District Court Upholds Rejection of Mineral Gathering Agreements

by LeClairRyan on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in the case of HPIP Gonzalez Holding, LLC v. Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.), recently affirmed three decisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court...more

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Confirms that Chapter 13 Debtors May “Strip Off” Second Mortgages

by PretiFlaherty on

Recently in In re Guerra, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts joined the majority of courts in finding that United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bankof Am. v. Caulkett does not affect a chapter 13...more

Courts Make Clear that General Objections are Generally Inappropriate

by Cole Schotz on

If your practice involves discovery, chances are you have been on the receiving end (and maybe the dispensing end) of prolix boilerplate general objections in response to interrogatories or document demands. Whatever logic...more

Court of Appeal Defines Good Faith Defense Under The UFTA

by Allen Matkins on

In 2015, the California legislature refurbished the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and rechristened it as the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act. 2015 Cal. Stats. Ch. 44 (SB 161 (Vidak)). The UFTA has not left the stage...more

Creditor Protection of Retirement Plan Assets

Assets in qualified retirement plans and individual accounts (IRAs) total more than $20 trillion and represent 34% of U.S. household assets.1 Clients and their advisers are rightfully concerned about insulating those assets...more

Trump Prevents FSOC Designations and Bank Liquidations

In a Presidential Memorandum, President Trump directed the Secretary of the Treasury, as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, not to cast a nonemergency vote to subject nonbank financial companies to...more

Not Chapter 11 but Chapter 11-ish

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Parents, headmasters, hoteliers, restauranteurs, insurers and countries love them or hate them, depending on how their school or restaurant, company or nation is ranked. I’m referring to the World Bank’s annual Doing...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - April 2017, Issue 1

by Reed Smith on

Welcome to the April 2017 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from Newsletter: SUPREME COURT WILL DECIDE STANDARD OF REVIEW ON...more

Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

11th Circuit Clarifies FDCPA/FCCPA Issues Re Periodic Mortgage Statements After Bankruptcy

by Burr & Forman on

In Helman v. Bank of America, 15-13672, 2017 WL 1350728 (11th Cir. April 12, 2017) the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal clarified important issues regarding the use of periodic mortgage statements after a bankruptcy...more

Top Four Trends From INSOL Sydney 2017

by Kobre & Kim on

On the heels of the recent INSOL Quadrennial Congress, which took place in Sydney, Australia, Kobre & Kim’s global bankruptcy and debtor-creditor disputes team joined colleagues from around the world to discuss developing...more

Group proceedings settlement update: Court of Appeal upholds binding nature of settlement on group members

by DLA Piper on

In Pekell, the Court of Appeal has provided welcome clarity around the effect of settlements in group proceedings, which should provide comfort to group proceeding defendants and their insurers. Importantly, the case affirms...more

Chancery Rules that Claims against General Partner are Direct, Allows Action to Proceed Despite Partnership’s Bankruptcy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Whether a claim against company management is direct or derivative is not infrequently disputed in litigation before the Delaware Court of Chancery. This determination becomes important in many contexts, including whether it...more

Bankruptcy Court Imposes Massively Disproportionate $45 Million Punitive Exaction, Then Plays Santa Claus With $40 Million Of It

A bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of California recently issued a decision that is sure to raise appellate eyebrows. Concluding in In re Sundquist that the defendant bank had violated the automatic stay by...more

New Bankruptcy Case Limits Assertion of Post-Bankruptcy Construction Liens

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On March 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that curtails the rights of suppliers to lien non-debtor third-party property following the bankruptcy filing of a construction...more

Bank of America Must Pay $46 Million for Improper Foreclosure

Brian Davidoff was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article on March 28, 2017, discussing U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher M. Klein’s ruling in Sundquist v. Bank of America NA which awarded Erik and Renee Sundquist...more

The Legality of Post-Bankruptcy Condo or Homeowner Association Assessments

A recent bankruptcy case illustrates how bankruptcy affects condominium or homeowner’s association assessments. The Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that a condominium association was not in...more

Third Circuit Holds That Post-Petition Filing of NJ Construction Lien Violates the Automatic Stay

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On March 30, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals filed an opinion regarding whether the filing of a mechanic’s lien after the commencement of a bankruptcy case violates the automatic stay. Given the frequent involvement of ...more

US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Passes Bankruptcy Reform Bill That Would Amend Title II

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives marked up and passed HR 1667, the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017...more

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