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Puerto Rico and PREPA Seek Dismissal of Bondholder Challenge to Territory’s Bankruptcy Statute

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) yesterday filed separate motions to dismiss the federal court complaint filed last month by some PREPA bondholders seeking to invalidate the...more

Be PREPAred: PREPA Bondholders Greet Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Legislation With Federal Lawsuit

On Saturday, June 28, Puerto Rico’s Governor Padilla signed into effect Puerto Rico’s new bankruptcy law for certain revenue bond issuers. Within 24 hours of the statute’s enactment, two mutual fund complexes owning...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Procedure for Deciding Stern Claims in Bankruptcy Courts, But Leaves Big Questions Unresolved

Bankruptcy courts have jurisdiction over "core" and "non-core" proceedings. See 28 U.S.C. § 157. In "core" proceedings, bankruptcy courts can enter final judgments. See 28 U.S.C. § 157(b). In "non-core" proceedings, however,...more

Anna Nicole Smith Revisited: Supreme Court Closes Gap on "Stern claims;" Declines to Clarify Jurisdiction for Certain Bankruptcy...

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court decided in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison that while bankruptcy courts do not have the power to make final decisions on so-called "Stern claims," they can try or...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Procedure for Unconstitutional “Core” Matters Under Stern v. Marshall in Executive Benefits...

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Stern v. Marshall, 131 S.Ct. 2594. In Stern, the Court was faced with the question of whether the Bankruptcy Court had statutory and Constitutional authority to decide a counterclaim...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Stern v. Marshall

Not even Nostradamus could have predicted the profound effect that former Playmate Vickie Lynn Marshall (a/k/a Anna Nicole Smith) would have on the landscape of U.S. bankruptcy court jurisdiction. Nevertheless, two and a half...more

Lyondell Bankruptcy Court Holds That Safe Harbors Do Not Prohibit Creditors From Asserting State Law Constructive Fraudulent...

On January 14, 2014, Judge Robert E. Gerber of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in Weisfelner v. Fund 1. (In re Lyondell Chemical Co.), Adv. Proc. No. 10-4609 (REG), 2014 WL 118036...more

Bankruptcy Court defines limits of shareholder safe harbor in failed leveraged buyouts

An opinion issued in connection with the bankruptcy cases of Lyondell Chemical Company and its affiliates may have significant implications for shareholders who receive payments in connection with a leveraged buyout when the...more

Ontario Court of Appeal: License Suspensions for Failure to Pay Highway 407 Tolls Must be Lifted for Discharged Bankrupt

Highway 407 (the “407”), a highway creating a semi-circle around the Greater Toronto Area, is Ontario’s first toll highway. Rather than traditional toll booths, vehicles using the 407 are electronically monitored entering...more

Second Circuit Determines the Relevant Date for Determining a Chapter 15 Debtor’s “COMI”

A. INTRODUCTION - Courts in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere have issued conflicting decisions regarding the appropriate time period to consider in determining a foreign debtor’s “center of its main...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Debt Can Be Recharacterized as Equity

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently resolved a split within the circuit when it held that a bankruptcy court has the power to recharacterize debt as equity. In In re Fitness Holdings International, Inc.,...more

Ninth Circuit Widens Circuit Split Over Application of State or Federal Bankruptcy Law To Determine Whether Claims of...

In an important decision for private equity sponsors and other insiders who advance loans to their businesses, on April 30, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in In re Fitness Holdings International confirmed that...more

Supreme Court Holds California’s Survival Statute Inapplicable To Delaware Corporation

Section 278 of the Delaware General Corporation in effect limits suits against dissolved corporations to a period of three years from dissolution. In contrast, Section 2010 of the California Corporations Code sets no time...more

United States of America v. Susquehanna Bank

Appellee's Brief

The Internal Revenue Service appealed a grant of summary judgment favoring Mr. Valkenet's client, Susquehanna Bank. The Maryland bankruptcy court granted the bank's indemnity deed of trust priority over IRS tax liens by...more

Eighth Circuit Rules That a “Perpetual” Trademark Licensing Agreement Is an “Executory” Contract Subject to Rejection Under...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that a perpetual, royalty-free, and exclusive trademark licensing agreement qualified as an executory contract subject to assumption or rejection under...more

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments - The Usual Rules Apply (no exception for insolvency)

This an important case from the English Supreme Court relating to the enforcement of foreign judgments in England. In the judgment, Lord Collins posed the following question, “Should there be a more liberal rule for...more

Asbestos Alert: Corporations Formed Other than in California Which Have Dissolved May Be Able to Win Summary Judgment in...

Robinson v. SSW, Inc. California Court of Appeal, First District (September 21, 2012) Douglas Robinson died from mesothelioma and his family filed a wrongful death action. SSW, Inc., a Nebraska corporation, sought...more

Seventh Circuit Allows Trademark Licensees to Continue Using License After Rejection of Licensing Agreement

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. Chicago American Manufacturing, LLC, recently issued a decision that holds contrary to the only other court of appeals that has addressed the issue —...more

Insolvenzrecht - Konkursanfechtungsrecht - Belgisches Konkursrecht

Das Konkursrecht vom 18. April 1851, das im dritten Buch des Handelsgesetzbuches zu finden ist, wurde durch das Konkursgesetz („Loi sur les faillites“/“Faillissementswet“) vom 08. August 1997, das am 01. Januar 1998 in Kraft...more

Supreme Court Addresses Circuit Split Over Cramdown Plans Precluding Credit Bidding

In a docket crowded with blockbuster cases this term, the Supreme Court's decision concerning the circuit split over cramdown plans precluding credit bidding by secured lenders may not stoke as much passion or fury as the...more

The Connecticut Bankruptcy Beat - March 2012

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Pullman & Comley’s Connecticut Bankruptcy Beat. This newsletter will be circulated on a bi-monthly basis and will cover current bankruptcy law developments of interest in Connecticut, the...more

July 2011: Bankruptcy Litigation Update

Supreme Court Limits Bankruptcy Court Authority to Render Final Orders on State Law Counterclaims: The Supreme Court recently issued a decision resolving “two issues: (1) whether the Bankruptcy Court had the statutory...more

Supreme Court: Bankruptcy Courts Cannot Decide Debtors’ State Law Counterclaims

In a decision that may have significant practical implications to the practice of bankruptcy law, the U.S. Supreme Court recently declared, on constitutional grounds, that a bankruptcy court cannot exercise jurisdiction over...more

Trust Busting in Switzerland, Yves Klein, London, 13.05.11

A description of Swiss law on the recognition of foreign trusts and of tools available under Swiss law to challenge them....more

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