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Mortgage Servicer Defeats Class Certification Over Collection Practices Allegedly Targeting Discharged Mortgage Debts

The Middle District of Florida recently denied a plaintiff’s motion for class certification concerning claims that a collection agency illegally and intentionally sent collection correspondence to mortgagees whose debts...more

Paid Rejection: Bankruptcy Court Allows Professional Fees Despite Trustee’s Flawed Strategy

Can a bankruptcy court deny fees requested by a professional simply because her client chose a poor strategy? The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho recently rejected such a notion, holding that an accounting...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - February 2017

The White House clarified that Trump’s January 30 “two for one” Executive Order doesn’t apply to the SEC and other independent regulatory agencies, Reuters reported. Despite press coverage, the Order doesn’t actually require...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Venue

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Second Circuit Holds That Minority Bondholders Cannot Avail Themselves of the Trust Indenture Act

While out-of-court restructurings can help companies in need, they can negatively impact minority bondholders. Minority bondholders displeased with out-of-court restructurings looked to a 2015 decision interpreting the Trust...more

Bankruptcy Is Not A Borrower Antidote For Loan “Default Interest”

Defaulting on a loan typically triggers a higher interest rate — “default interest” — as one of many consequences for the borrower. (Other consequences include acceleration of the maturity, late fees and penalties, and...more

Hanjin Shipping Declared Bankrupt

The Seoul Central District Court declared Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd bankrupt on Friday February 17, 2017, after ruling that Hanjin’s liquidation value was greater than its going concern value...more

Can I get rid of payday loans by filing bankruptcy?

I'm often asked if someone can get rid of payday loans by filing bankruptcy. Let's take a look at this....more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Scope of Bankruptcy Rule 2004 Examination

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which objectors (a law firm, banks and accountants) opposed a bankruptcy trustee's Rule 2004 Motion requesting information related to his investigation of...more

Court Rejects Lender’s Objection to Payment of Debtor’s Counsel’s Fees and Expenses from Pre-Petition Retainer

In a decision rendered on December 30, 2016, the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Court”) addressed the debtor’s counsel’s interim application for an award of fees and expenses for services rendered...more

What 2017 May Bring for the Restructuring Community

We asked some of our financial advisor colleagues to give us brief read outs on what they felt 2017 has in store for us now that we have gotten beyond the inauguration and into the first weeks of the Trump administration. ...more

Lenders Seeking Loan Modification After Bankruptcy, Beware!

Lenders cannot revive a guaranty obligation discharged in bankruptcy with a subsequent modification or forbearance agreement, even with new consideration; and attempting to do so may lead to lender liability exposure....more

Fifth Circuit Rules for PACA Claimants, and Weakens PACA, All in One Curious Ruling

Most restructuring practitioners are aware, either vaguely or through punishing experience, of the power of PACA creditors. PACA (or the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 7 U.S.C. § 499a et seq. for those who hate...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Rule Allowing Curing Debtors to Avoid Contractual Post-Default Interest Is No Longer Valid

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that a Chapter 11 debtor could not avoid the payment of default interest under a promissory note as a condition to curing and reinstating such promissory note under a Chapter 11 plan. In...more

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Sends a Reminder on Avoiding the Substantive Consolidation Trap

There are numerous reasons why a company might use more than one entity for its operations or organization: to silo liabilities, for tax advantages, to accommodate a lender, or for general organizational purposes. Simply...more

Imperfect!!! – Recordation Alone May Not Be Suficient To Perfect Deeds Under California Law

Once a lender records a deed of trust, isn’t that sufficient under California law to perfect the deed against a Chapter 7 trustee’s attempt to set it aside? Based on the recent bankruptcy court decision of In re Nowlin, the...more

When Construction Contracts Go Sideways in Bankruptcy

The contractor on a project files a bankruptcy case. How should the property owner and subcontractors proceed? When a party to a contract files bankruptcy, the other party’s actions are constrained by the bankruptcy code....more

No Trustee Left Behind – Another Bankruptcy Court Requires Colleges to Return Tuition to the Bankruptcy Estate

Another bankruptcy trustee catches another hapless college unaware. In Roach v. Skidmore College (In re Dunston), Bankr. S.D. Ga. (Jan 31, 2017), a trustee appears to win the next battle of “bankruptcy estates v. child’s...more

The Delta Report – Derivatives Newsletter: January 2017

In this first issue of The Delta Report for 2017, we cover crucial updates on developments in the derivatives space in Europe and Asia. In the UK, Brexit-related issues continue to take the spotlight. The Article 50 challenge...more

A Flawless Foreclosure is Not Preference

There is a division among bankruptcy courts across the country as to whether a properly conducted sheriff sale can be considered a “preference,” but Pennsylvania courts continue to send a clear message: They can’t....more

In re Roust: Seven Steps to Confirming a Plan in Seven Days

On January 6, 2017, Judge Robert D. Drain of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York orally approved a prepackaged plan of reorganization (a “Prepack”) in In re Roust Corporation, et al. (Case No....more

Mass. Bankruptcy Court: Mortgage with Incorrect Legal Description Is Avoidable by Chapter 7 Trustee

On January 4, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts found that a Chapter 7 Trustee could avoid the debtor’s mortgage and preserve it for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. The opinion,...more

Substantive Consolidation: It’s Alive and Well (or Maybe Just Alive)

The doctrine of substantive consolidation (generally- the power of a bankruptcy court to consolidate the assets and liabilities of affiliated entities in bankruptcy) is a recognized remedy exercised by bankruptcy courts – one...more

Southern District of New York holds that intercreditor agreement allows for payment of subordinated lender’s post-petition...

On January 27, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the subordinated creditor was entitled to payment of post-petition interest prior to repayment of the senior lender’s...more

Trademarks, Trade Names Not Protected by Bankruptcy Law, but Licensee Rights Prevail

Addressing a circuit split over a trademark licensee’s rights following a debtor/licensor’s bankruptcy, the US Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) for the First Circuit held that, although trademarks and trade names are not...more

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