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The Fisker Case and Its Impact on Distressed M&A

As is well known, the right to credit bid is the entitlement of a secured lender to bid the amount of its outstanding claims at the sale of its collateral. If the secured lender places the winning bid, no money is exchanged...more

Coldwater Creek Bankruptcy: Suppliers, Consider Remedies

On April 11, 2014 Coldwater Creek filed in Delaware for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. It follows filings in 2014 by Dots, January in New Jersey, and Ecko, April in New Jersey. For retailers, the most common motivation...more

Claims Against Failed Banks Must Go Through the FDIC’s Administrative Claims Process

As described in a previous post, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”) requires that anyone with a claim against a failed bank must file a claim with the FDIC within 90 days of being...more

Retirement Plans Are Your Saving Grace in Bankruptcy

Why do I say retirement plans are your saving grace in bankruptcy? Because you can (almost always) keep all of the money in them if you file bankruptcy, not losing it to your creditors. Let's look as what that means for you....more

The Fisker Decision – Possible Far Reaching Implications for Buyers of Distressed Debt

Buyers and sellers of distressed debt should be aware of the recent decision in the Fisker bankruptcy case, In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc., 2014 WL 210593 (Bankr. D. Del.), which drastically limited the right of a...more

Insurance and Reinsurance Newsletter: Italy - April 2014

1. IVASS (ITALIAN INSURANCE SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY) – NEW REGULATIONS ON COMPLAINTS MANAGEMENT - On 1 April 2014, the draft measure containing amendments to ISVAP (former Italian Insurance Supervisory Authority)...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Luck of the Irish Cannot Save Debtor’s Bankruptcy Appeal of Order Granting Relief from the Stay

The importance of obtaining a stay pending appeal of a bankruptcy court order lifting the automatic stay was recently illustrated in Dunne v. Ulster Bank (In re Dunne), 13 cv 00996-JBA (Mar. 11, 2014). In the Dunne case,...more

Equity Investors: Be ForeWARNed

The Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act (WARN Act) requires certain employers to give employees 60 days’ notice of plant closings and mass layoffs. The goal of the WARN Act is to “provide workers and their...more

Court Compels Production Of Information Exchanged Between Insurer And Reinsurer As Relevant To Construction Of Policy

In a declaratory relief action brought against the FDIC by the liability insurer for the directors and officers of a bank in receivership, the court resolved a discovery dispute that included a contested request for...more

Employment Law Newsletter - April 2014

In This Issue: - Fairfax Circuit Court Strikes Down Noncompete as Overbroad, Offering Yet Another Lesson for Employers - No WARNing of Bankruptcy? - Department of Labor Further Delays Publication of its Final...more

Orion and London & Overseas Announce Plan to Propose Amending Scheme that Will Include a Bar Date

On January 20, 2014, the scheme administrators (the “Scheme Administrators”) for two insolvent London Market Insurers, The Orion Insurance Company PLC (“Orion” ) and The London and Overseas Insurance Company Limited (“L&O”)...more

SCOTUS Denies Certiorari In Lien Stripping Case

On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in an Eleventh Circuit case that raises the issue of whether, under section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code, a chapter 7 debtor can “strip off” a...more

No WARNing of Bankruptcy?

When Reston-based Simplexity, LLC (known more commonly as Wirefly.com and its related sites) recently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy it had, sadly, already terminated nearly its entire workforce. According to pleadings...more

Deviation From Statutory Scheme In Sale Of Receivership Property

The sale of real and personal property in a receivership estate is governed by 28 U.S.C. §§ 2001 and 2004, and both contain procedures for both a public and private auction of property. Regarding personal property, § 2004...more

Asbestos Alert: Paulus v Crane Co.

Second District Court of Appeal, Division Three, Action # B246505 (Filed Feb. 21, 2014, modified Mar. 24, 2014) 2014 WL 1157284 ____Cal.App.4th____ - Sufficiency of Expert Testimony to Prove Causation; Bankruptcy Trust...more

New value defense preserved for three-party transactions

New value is an important defense to preference liability under the Bankruptcy Code. It allows a preference defendant to relieve their preference liability on a dollar-for-dollar basis for the value provided to the debtor...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 178

In This Issue: - Appellate Court Vacates Order Denying Franchisor’s Motion For Preliminary Injunction; District Court Then Grants Summary Judgment To Franchisor And Enters Final Injunction: In H&R Block Tax...more

File your taxes on time. That's an order!

OK, so I was kidding a bit, but not much. Notice that I didn't say that you needed to pay those taxes (maybe you can't), but you need to file them on time. The point is, in the event that later on you consider filing...more

And the Bidding Starts At . . .? The Impact of Two Recent Bankruptcy Decisions On Determining Foreclosure Sale Bids

In today’s economy, banks all too commonly find themselves foreclosing on real property collateral. As a result, banks are regularly in the position of having to determine the starting bid in foreclosure proceedings. This...more

Playing Zone(-ing) Defense

ZONE(-ING) DEFENSE --- With March Madness in full swing, now is a great time to review how local zoning ordinances can turn a mortgage servicer’s foreclosure layup into a blocked shot. Many U.S. states rely on a judicial...more

When it Comes to Answering Debt Collection Lawsuits – Keep it Simple

The other day a client hired me to help them in fighting debt buyer Midland Funding. I drafted the Answer – the document that is submitted in response to the Complaint filed by Midland. I was reviewing it with the client...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Replacement Value - Applies to Surrender of Collateral in Chapter 13 Plan

On March 27, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit (the “Court”) issued a ruling, which will have a major impact on how Chapter 7 and 13 debtors are able to treat claims of secured creditors. The issue in In re Brown, 13-13013, 2014 WL...more

Can an Appeal be Dismissed because the Appellant has Refused to Comply with Court Orders?

I have been appointed receiver in a case involving contentious litigation over a business. The defendant has appealed my order of appointment. The defendant has also repeatedly violated the injunction issued along with my...more

Not Dead Yet? How BigLaw's Best Firms Are Finding Growth  [Video]

Apr. 2, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant to law firms for The Zeughauser Group, tells Lee Pacchia that despite years of negative press heralding the end of BigLaw's best years, there are tangible signs of...more

A Section 363 Sale Does NOT Transfer Property Free and Clear of an Equitable Servitude

Sales in bankruptcy court under 11 U.S.C. § 363 (called “363 Sales”) are often used to sell property during a bankruptcy case. The 363 Sale process provides an efficient procedure to liquidate estate property and offers...more

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