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The Impact of PROMESA on Creditors

On June 30, 2016, the United States Senate passed the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act” (“PROMESA”) and it was quickly signed into law by President Obama. PROMESA enables the Commonwealth of...more

Midstream Contracts Remain in Doubt in Bankruptcy

By now, both producers and midstream companies are aware of the Bankruptcy Court decisions in the Sabine bankruptcy proceedings (i) rejecting the gas gathering agreements as executory contracts and (ii) determining that the...more

Sabine Lives On (and On): Bankruptcy Court Rejects Immediate Appeal to Second Circuit and Motion for Stay

On June 16, 2016, The Bankruptcy Cave gave you our summary of the controversial Sabine decision. At that time, post-hearing motions were pending. As luck would have it (we at The Bankruptcy Cave should start wagering on...more

The Redwater Decision: The Alberta Energy Regulator - Trumped by Federal Bankruptcy Law

In Redwater Energy Corporation (Re, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruled against the AER, holding certain sections of the Oil and Gas Conservation Act (OGCA) and Pipeline Act inoperative to the extent that if applied...more

The Shale Bankruptcy Boom Moves Midstream

The shale boom has given rise to another, less welcome boom: the bankruptcy boom. Thirty-five exploration and production (“E&P”) companies sought bankruptcy protection between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015, and this...more

Sands Anderson Report on First Day Hearing in Bankruptcy Filings of Penn Virginia

Lawyers from the bankruptcy team of Sands Anderson attended yestertday’s “First Day” hearings in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Penn Virginia Corporation and its affiliates. Penn Virginia is an oil and natural gas...more

"Recent Case Highlights Opportunity for Distressed Exploration and Production Companies"

On March 8, 2016, a bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York issued a much-anticipated decision, In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation, that will undoubtedly influence the reorganization strategies of certain...more

Decisions in Sabine Oil & Gas and Quicksilver Resources Inc. Bankruptcy Cases Will Have Broad Impact on Midstream and Exploration...

Executive Summary - New York bankruptcy judge allows Sabine Oil & Gas to reject gathering agreements over the objections of midstream companies, finding that the covenants do not run with the land. On March 8, 2016, the...more

Sabine Bankruptcy Court Allows Rejection of Gathering Agreements

In a March 8, 2016 ruling from the bench, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued a significant decision regarding the ability of a debtor in bankruptcy to reject gas gathering agreements and...more

Burst Pipeline? Bankruptcy Court Rules Sabine Can Reject Midstream Contracts

Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman held that Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. has satisfied the standards for rejection of several gathering and handling agreements between Sabine and its midstream counter-parties, Nordheim Eagle Ford...more

Bankruptcy Court Finds That Contract Covenants Do Not Run with the Land - Midstream Companies face increased risk with financially...

In a decision entered yesterday afternoon, Judge Shelley Chapman of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York authorized Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation to reject certain midstream contracts under Section...more

Protecting Rights and Finding Opportunity in Oil and Gas Industry Bankruptcies

2015 was a rough year for the oil and gas industry. The primary source of the trouble was (and continues to be) the dramatic fall in crude oil prices. In 2014, the price of U.S. crude oil averaged approximately $91 per...more

Hudson Energy Denied Administrative Priority for Electricity Sold Pre-Bankruptcy

In a September 18, 2015 order, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed a bankruptcy court order denying administrative claim treatment to Hudson Energy Services, LLC (“Hudson”) for its retail...more

The SemCrude Bankruptcy: Commodity Traders Prevail Against Related Fraud and U.C.C. Claims

In 2008, SemCrude, L.P. and related entities (collectively, SemCrude or the Debtors) filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In connection with the SemCrude bankruptcy, a dispute...more

Is Your ORRI What You Think It Is?

Bankruptcy Court reinforces importance of parties’ intent in determining the nature of overriding royalty interests under state law. On April 2, 2015, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware...more

Counterparty Rights in Energy Bankruptcies

For the past several years, low interest rates and higher commodity prices have resulted in generally favorable financial conditions in the energy sector, keeping energy bankruptcy activity to a minimum. With the recent sharp...more

CanaSea Group: Full and Fair Disclosure Required in Ex Parte CCAA Applications

Applicants who seek ex parte relief under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) have an obligation to make full and fair disclosure of all material facts to the court. ...more

Subcontractors Score a Victory in Federal Court

On August 27, in In re Heritage Consolidated, L.L.C., the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted subcontractor’s lien rights to two oil and gas drilling contractors. The Court reversed a district court ruling which upheld a...more

UPDATE: Leaving Las Vegas (but What is Filed in Delaware Stays in Delaware)

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, Judge Sontchi upheld the Energy Futures Holdings debtors’ chosen venue in Delaware, denying the second-lien holders’ motion to transfer the bankruptcy case to Texas. In arriving at this decision,...more

Court Rejects Effort to Transfer Venue of Energy Future Holdings Bankruptcy From Delaware to Texas

In a ruling yesterday, Judge Christopher Sontchi of the United State Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware denied a motion by a bond trustee to transfer venue of the Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings from...more

An Opportunity to Cure? When Bankruptcy and Unpaid Oil and Gas Lease Royalties Collide in North Dakota

The North Dakota Supreme Court recently issued its second opinion in Van Sickle v. Hallmark & Associates, a case that has tested the boundaries of a mineral interest holder’s right to royalties when well operators go...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: LightSquared, the Battle among Hedge Funds [Video]

Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The hedge funds battling for control of LightSquared Inc., the developer of a satellite-based wireless communications system, is the first item on the bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia...more

In Addition To Natural Gas Providers And Water Providers, Bankruptcy Courts Are Now Allowing Electricity Providers To Claim...

Recent case law may allow electricity providers to benefit from a payment priority for the value of electricity provided to a bankrupt debtor during the twenty (20) days preceding the date of the debtor’s bankruptcy filing...more

Transformation of Tort Claim into Different Type of Collateral Did Not Give Secured Creditor a Lien

An October 2011 decision from the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York highlights the importance of correctly taking all of the steps necessary to obtain a security interest in commercial tort...more

Insurance Policyholder Observer - June 2012

In This Issue: - The Settlement Dilemma: When a Policyholder and Insurer Disagree on Settlement - Orrick Lawyers Gain Key Trial Victory for CITGO Petroleum on Rights to Coverage - Virginia Supreme Court...more

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