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Debtors’ Ability to Appeal Denial of Plan Confirmation is Limited by New Supreme Court Decision

On May 4, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank, holding that an order denying confirmation of the debtor’s proposed chapter 13 plan is not a “final” order that the debtor can immediately...more

The American Bankruptcy Institute's Recommendations for Chapter 11 Reform

Last December, the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 released a 400-page report on recommended changes to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Originally published in the April...more

Suit Challenging Constitutionality of CFPB Fails for Lack-of-Standing and Other Procedural Defects, D.C. Circuit Holds; Morgan...

Last week, in Morgan Drexen, Inc. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a divided panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of an action challenging the constitutionality of the CFPB. The court did...more

Texas Considers Asbestos Transparency Legislation

Texas is the latest state to consider legislation aimed at increasing transparency between the civil tort and asbestos bankruptcy trust systems. Four states, most recently West Virginia, have enacted such legislation. Texas...more

Sued by Midland Funding in Arizona? 3 Ways to Deal with the Lawsuit

When faced with a difficult situation it is comforting to know your options. If you have been sued by one of the junk debt buyers like Midland Funding, CACH, LLC, or Portfolio Recovery you are likely loosing a lot of sleep...more

Judges, Guns, And Facebook: Social Media Lessons For Businesses From The Tactical Firearms Case

Over the past few weeks, the internet has been abuzz over the battle raging between Jeremy Alcede, the former majority owner of CTIL, LLC, dba Tactical Firearms (the debtor), and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District...more

Texas Bankruptcy Court ‘Likes’ Facebook and Twitter Accounts as Property of the Reorganized Debtor

In a recent opinion in In re: CTLI, LLC (Tactical Firearms), Judge Jeff Bohm in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered a debtor to handover its Facebook and Twitter accounts to the...more

High yield bond restructurings across Europe

As the flood of capital into riskier deals continues to pour in at unprecedented rates, and economic and geopolitical risks evolve, the prospect of a surge of bond defaults in the years ahead is looming over high yield...more

Fifth Circuit has Second Thoughts on Pro-Snax Fees Decision

How would you like to be paid only for work which, in hindsight, unquestionably resulted in a material benefit to your employer? That unsuccessful sales call? Freebie. That account you spent hours trying to collect, but...more

Foreclosure Sales: When Is the “Deed” Done?

In re Betchan, 524 B.R. 830 (Bankr. E.D. Wash. 2015) – A mortgagee was the highest bidder at a foreclosure sale that took place shortly before the debtor filed bankruptcy. The lender requested relief from the...more

Texas Bankruptcy Court 'Likes' Facebook and Twitter Accounts as Property of the Reorganized Debtor

Bankruptcy courts will continue to confront issues involving social media assets for one primary reason: social media is now an indispensable part of the modern business model....more

Social Media Accounts in Bankruptcy: Business or Personal?

A bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Texas recently wrote a 30-page opinion – and sent a man to jail for failure to comply with it – over a modern and unlikely issue: his Facebook page. ...more

Los Angeles Asbestos Court Ramps up Plaintiffs’ Bankruptcy Trust Disclosure Requirements

Asbestos plaintiffs can seek damages in two independent compensation systems: by filing tort claims against solvent defendants and by filing claims with any of the dozens of asbestos bankruptcy trusts established under...more

Lessons From Mt. Gox Bankruptcy

MtGox Co., Ltd., once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange company, is insolvent, bankrupt, and now history. This history offers lessons to cryptocurrency startups. ...more

The Macron Bill about to introduce a right to remove shareholders of distressed companies: a new threat for investors or new...

In its 2014 insolvency reforms, the French Government contemplated allowing a French Commercial Court (Tribunal de commerce), faced with a company under judicial reorganisation (redressement judiciaire), to remove that...more

Customers Submit Claims in Mt. Gox Bankruptcy

Thousands of creditors may receive disbursements from the bankruptcy of MtGox, Co. Ltd., a Japanese corporation that once ran the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange. The bankruptcy filing last year was a rude awakening to Mt....more

Bankruptcy Beat: A Post-Divorce Judgment Stipulation That Modifies Obligations to a Former Spouse Does Not Likewise Modify The...

On March 3, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision in Swiatowiec v. Swiatowiec (In re Swiatowiec), Adv. Pro. No. 11-2074, concerning the issue of whether obligations to a former spouse incurred in the...more

Insolvency: What Every Technology Company Needs to Know About Claims Against Bankrupt Customers And Business Partners

Every year, otherwise successful technology companies lose untold sums of money and valuable intellectual property rights because they do not act when a customer or business partner files for bankruptcy protection. Far less...more

3 Strategies to Getting the Lowest Debt Settlement Possible

Settling debt is the process of negotiating with your creditors a payment less than the total amount owed. Often times people feel that as a person who is struggling to pay your bills that you are negotiating from a weaker...more

What might bankruptcy do for me? The short version.

Many people contact me to see if bankruptcy would be right for them. I find that many of them don't understand the basics of what bankruptcy might do for them, so here is the short version....more

USDA Raises Hurdles to Bankruptcy Sales of PACA-Regulated Produce Businesses

One of the main advantages of purchasing a business out of bankruptcy is that the process can be quick, orderly and predictable. Yet, recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) has challenged the ability...more

Eighth Circuit Says Focus is on the Intent of the Debtor in Fraudulent Transfer Law, Does Not Address Ponzi Scheme Presumption

This case is the product of yet another dispute in the extensive, multi-billion dollar fraud perpetrated by Tom Petters. In 2005, as the sole board member of Petters Group Worldwide, LLC (“PGW”), Petters directed the...more

Tronox: The Weed that Choked a Flower – Lessons for Buyers on Remedies

As we noted in Parts 1 and 2 of this series, any buyer of assets from a company in any degree of financial stress should be concerned about the transaction being attacked as a fraudulent transfer. Officers and directors of a...more

Retail Chapter 11 Filings Up, Bucking Bankruptcy Trends In Economic Recovery

The economy is humming along and bankruptcy filings are at historic lows. Nevertheless, a recent trend in retail may suggest that the times, they are a changing....more

Bridging the Week - April 2015 #3

CFTC Commissioner Bowen Argues for User Fees During House Subcommittee Hearing; Commissioner Wetjen Calls for Bankruptcy Law Amendments to Permit Individual Segregation of Customer Funds - Commodity Futures Trading...more

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