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Jevic - The Supreme Court Puts the "Dis" in Structured Dismissals

In a much anticipated decision issued on March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court determined in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. (“Jevic”) that a “structured dismissal” of a bankruptcy case cannot include a...more

Supreme Court Gives WARN-ing To Companies In Bankruptcy: Don’t Ignore Wage Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court held today in a 6 to 2 decision that “structured dismissals” resolving Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings cannot deviate from the Bankruptcy Code’s priority scheme without the consent of the affected...more

Tenth Circuit Joins Missouri River to Divide Kansas City Over What Constitutes A Stay Violation

On February 27, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit joined a minority approach followed by District of Columbia Circuit: failing to turn over property after demand is not a violation of the...more

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Truck Drivers In Challenge To Structured Dismissals in Bankruptcy

We previously wrote about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a group of truck drivers’ challenge to the dismissal of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case that was designed to avoid paying the drivers’ claims. Today, the U.S....more

Ruined, Missing Wine leads to Million Dollar Hangover for Debtor

A Chapter 7 debtor’s failure to comply with a bankruptcy court order to preserve a $2 million dollar-plus collection of fine wines has led to the imposition of sanctions of over $1 million, most of which could be charged...more

Bankruptcy Dispute Regarding “Coolcore” Trademark Heats Up in the First Circuit

In December 2015, the TMCA blogged about a decision in In re Tempnology, LLC, in which the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire held that a debtor’s rejection of a licensing agreement in bankruptcy terminated...more

Mediation Statements in Federal Courts May or May Not be Privileged and Can Be Waived

The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri declined to recognize a mediation privilege in In re Lake Lotawana Community Improvement District, 2016 WL 7984347 (Bankr. W.D. Mo. Sept. 19, 2016), despite the fact...more

Court Finds That There Is A Fact Issue On Whether Corporate Shareholder And Officer Breached Fiduciary Duties To Creditors

In Tow v. Wellington Yu, a bankruptcy trustee sued a corporation’s shareholder and officer for breaching fiduciary duties by entering into a settlement agreement that required the sale of real estate where the defendant would...more

The Increased Use of Combined Hearings and Combined Plan and Disclosure Statements in Delaware

Since February 2016, the Local Rules for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware provide for combined hearings on approval of disclosure statements and confirmation of plans and for the use of combined...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

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

Delaware Bankruptcy Judge: A Carve-Out for Fees Is Not a Cap

Judge Christopher Sontchi recently issued an important opinion in the Molycorp chapter 11 case. He held that a standard carve-out in a financing order for the fees of counsel and other professionals for an official...more

Second Circuit Issues Reversal in Closely Watched Marblegate Case

In a 2-1 opinion, the Second Circuit overruled the district court in Marblegate Asset Management LLC v. Education Management Corp., finding no violation of the Trust Indenture Act (“TIA”) in connection with an out-of-court...more

Admission of Fraudulent Intent Is Not Conclusive Evidence of Fraudulent Intent (Sometimes)

In a previous blog post, we discussed a situation in which actual fraud could be found where the transferor had the noblest of intentions and had demonstrated no intent to defraud creditors. This week, we address a situation...more

Second Circuit Overturns Southern District in Marblegate

On Jan. 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the decision of the District Court for the Southern District of New York in Marblegate Asset Management, LLC v. Education Management Finance Corp., finding...more

Second Circuit Reverses Marblegate Decision

Trust Indenture Act Section 316(b) Limited to Actual Amendments to An Indenture’s Core Terms - Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 17, 2017, in a 2-1 decision in Marblegate Asset Management, LLC v. Education Management Finance...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns District Court Decision in Marblegate Regarding Section 316(b) of Trust Indenture Act

On January 17, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of the defendant in Marblegate Asset Management, LLC v. Education Management Finance Corp., by vacating the decision of the District Court for...more

Delaying a Bankruptcy for Shareholder Benefit May Benefit the Creditors After All

Equity holders and sponsors be wary - a new arrow may now be available in the quiver of potential causes of action that creditors and trustees can use to maximize their recovery in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In a recent...more

Appeals Court Overturns Marblegate, Citing Analysis by Shearman & Sterling Partner

The law on debt restructurings and liability management is back to where it was. Yesterday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the controversial District Court decisions in the Marblegate-Education Management...more

Simplified procedure for initiating bankruptcy by the legal successors of banks

In October 2016, the Chamber for Commercial Disputes at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation considered the cassation appeal of Eurasian Trading Company LLC (hereinafter – the Trading Company) in Case ? ?57-16992/2015...more

Do Outsiders Have Standing?

One of the essential elements of a contract is the consent of the parties. Cal. Civ. Code § 1550(2). When a party is not a corporation, there is always a question of whether the person or persons signing the contract have...more

Do You Blur the Lines Between Your Separate Companies? The Courts Might Too.

Is your business divided into separate entities? It isn’t an uncommon practice. Business owners often establish separate legal entities to manage different aspects of their business. One reason for doing so is to prevent the...more

In Real Life the Bad Guy Sometimes Gets Away: Adding Judgment Debtors to a Judgment

As most litigators will tell you a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit needs to be able to prove both liability and damages to win a case. That is, you need to show both that the defendant is liable under the law and that you have...more

Plan Proponents Beware of “Death Trap” Traps in Chapter 11 Plans and Disclosure Statements

On November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) unlawfully issued its Final Rule raising the minimum annual salary threshold for most “white collar” overtime exemptions under the...more

Yellowstone and the Barton Doctrine in the Third Circuit

The Barton doctrine, which has been imposed in “an unbroken line of cases … as a matter of federal common law,” In re Linton, 136 F.3d 544, 545 (7th Cir. 1998) (Posner, J.), requires that plaintiffs “obtain authorization from...more

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