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Non-Final Finality: Does One Interlocutory Issue Resolved in a Bankruptcy Court Order Render All Issues Addressed in the Order...

As the Supreme Court recently reminded us in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank, not all orders in bankruptcy cases are immediately appealable as a matter of right. Only those orders deemed sufficiently “final” may be appealed...more

August 2016: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation Update

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Disagrees with Second Circuit on Implied Preemption of State-Law Fraudulent Transfer Claims Brought by Creditors. In recent years, several bankruptcy and district courts have addressed whether the...more

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

Losing Both Ways: Debtor Diligence in the Identification of Claims

Two recent cases serve as reminders the devil is truly in the details. As to the front-end risks associated with an early § 363(f) sale, in In re Motors Liquidation Company (the “GM” case) we have seen a $10 billion reminder...more

Troubled Waters: The Raging Storm Over Safe Harbors

Two United States courts recently issued decisions involving the scope of the Bankruptcy Code’s safe-harbor provision in section 546(e) related to avoidance actions. In one, in the Second Circuit, the court took a broad...more

Seventh Circuit: Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Does Not Shield From Avoidance Transfers Made Through Financial Institution Conduits

In FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management Group, LP, the Seventh Circuit recently held that transfers are not protected under the safe harbor of section 546(e) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code from fraudulent transfer and other...more

In Conflict With Other Circuits, Seventh Circuit Rules That Certain Transfers Involving Financial Institution Intermediaries Not...

Section 546(e) of the bankruptcy code prohibits a bankruptcy trustee from avoiding “settlement payment[s]”, or payments “made in connection with a securities contract,” that are “made by or to (or for the benefit of)”...more

Second Circuit Raises a Caution Flag for Sales Free-and-Clear of Claims

The power of a bankruptcy court to authorize the sale of assets “free-and-clear” of liens and any other interests is a powerful tool that is used to realize value from distressed businesses. Indeed, purchasers will...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - July 2016

Eighth Circuit Holds That Filing Accurate Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Does Not Violate the FDCPA - Nelson v. Midland Credit Mgmt., Inc., No. 15-2984, 2016 WL 3672073 *1 (8th Cir. July 11, 2016) - On July 11,...more

Court of Appeal decides that full losses flow from a second negligent valuation on a refinance regardless of whether the second...

In Tiuta International Limited (in Liquidation) v. De Villiers Surveyors Limited [2016] EWCA Civ 661, the Court of Appeal allowed an application to set aside summary judgment after considering the correct application of the...more

Unauthorized Transfers of Receivership Property: Void, Voidable or Ok?

Question: Unauthorized Transfers of Receivership Property: Void, Voidable or Ok? Answer: In a recent unpublished bankruptcy appellate panel decision (In Re Domum Locis, LLC, 2015 WL 4697747 (9th Cir. BAP 2015)), the BAP...more

Are Those Taxes Owing On Your Late-Filed Tax Return Dischargeable? Maybe, But You Better Be In The Right Circuit

Individual debtors with old tax debts relating to late-filed tax returns may be surprised to find that those tax debts may not be dischargeable under section 523(a) of the Bankruptcy Code due to the lateness of the tax...more

Enforcing Personal Guaranties

You might wonder whether lenders can enforce a guaranty of a loan from an individual or entity that has no formal connection with the borrower, i.e. someone who is not an owner or affiliated company. Generally, the answer is...more

Improper Use of Contract Attorneys, Failure to Disclose Terms – This Case Has It All.

Estate professionals are under continued scrutiny. Unlike other professionals, getting paid is not simply a matter of sending a bill. The bankruptcy court, appropriately so, closely oversees the amount and timing of payment...more

Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Chapter 11: Part I of II – The Petition Package, Filing the Case, Filing Fees, and First...

As a Chapter 11 debtor’s attorney, the prospect of serving as debtor’s counsel is an exciting – and increasingly rare – opportunity. The preparation for filing a Chapter 11 case involves negotiating complex cash collateral...more

Debtors’ Lien-Stripping Attempt Likely Would Have Succeeded in New Hampshire

A North Carolina bankruptcy court recently denied a Debtors’ attempt to “strip off” a junior lien on their primary residence by rejecting the argument that the property should be valued near the time of plan confirmation. In...more

This Week: Join Us at the ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference

The 23rd annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference takes place this week, from July 14-17, at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. This conference provides a great opportunity to gain insight into...more

What Can Be Done With Returned or Uncashed Distribution Checks?

Question: I have seen various instances where receivers have requested that funds from returned or uncashed checks from a distribution be redistributed to other claimants or used to pay administrative fees or costs. Is this...more

Ex Parte Attachment, and Priority, Reinstated to First in Time Creditor

In Estate of Summers v. Nisbet, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court reinforced the first in time, first in right nature of attachment and trustee process under Maine law. Attachment and trustee process are powerful enforcement...more

Debtor May Still Claim Homestead Exemption Even If He Was Kicked Out

The bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of New York found that a debtor who was ordered to vacate his home could still claim an exemption in the property. In a divorce proceeding several months prior to the bankruptcy...more

Creditors Benefit from Seventh Circuit’s Interpretation of “Ordinary Course of Business” Defense to Preferences

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently discussed the standard for whether payments made to vendors in the 90 days prior to a bankruptcy filing are within the “ordinary course of business” defense. In making...more

Bankruptcy Courts Closing In – Will An Agreement Requiring Unanimous Consent To File For Bankruptcy Be Effective?

We’ve all seen it. The business opportunity looks enticing but is laced with risk about a potential bankruptcy filing down the road. As bankruptcy lawyers we are often asked how deals can be structured to prevent a...more

A Flip on the Flip Clause: Lehman Court Changes Course on Flip Provisions and Financial Safe Harbors

New York bankruptcy judge dismisses claims to recover approximately $1 billion that had been distributed to noteholders following commencement of the Lehman Brothers chapter 11 proceedings in September 2008. After more...more

Supreme Court Reverses Fifth Circuit's Interpretation of "Actual Fraud"

In a resounding 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved an existing split among the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, determining that "actual fraud" under Section 523(a)(2)(A) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not require...more

Do You Need a Confirmation Hearing When a Receiver is Appointed Ex Parte?

Question: Do you need a confirmation hearing when a receiver is appointed ex parte and are there any exceptions? Answer: Yes and no. In early practice in California, the appointment of a receiver on an ex parte basis was...more

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