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Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 6 & 13, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE - Ad Valorem Taxes: land lease holders are considered equitable owners of land for tax purposes if land lease renews automatically and is perpetual; owners of condominium...more

No Notice: How Unnotified Creditors Can Violate a Discharge Injunction

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Here is the scenario: You are a creditor. You hold clear evidence of a debt that is not disputed by the borrower, an individual. That evidence of debt could be in the form of a note, credit agreement or simply an invoice. ...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: Offshore and off limits: SDNY Bankruptcy Court finds foreign transfer...

by Dechert LLP on

Can foreign transfers of a U.S. debtor be avoided under the Bankruptcy Code’s avoidance provisions? While the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently found that the answer is no, that court, as well as...more

American Apparel Preference Actions Filed in Delaware Bankruptcy Court

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, APP Winddown, LLC (formerly known as American Apparel, LLC) and its chapter 11 affiliates (the “Debtors”) filed approximately 201 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: U.S. Court recognizes a Russian bankruptcy case

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The Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York recently addressed objections to the recognition of a Russian bankruptcy case as a foreign main case under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and to the...more

Bankruptcy Court Grants MF Global Holdings’ Motion To Reconsider Decision To Compel Arbitration In Bermuda, But Reaches Same...

by Carlton Fields on

On September 6, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued the latest order in the ongoing coverage battle between MF Global Holdings (“MF Global”) and Allied World Assurance Company regarding the...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Course on Measure of Collateral Value in Cramdown Confirmation of Chapter 11 Plan

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In First Southern Nat’l Bank v. Sunnyslope Hous. LP (In re Sunnyslope Hous. LP), 2017 BL 216965 (9th Cir. June 23, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held en banc that, in determining whether a chapter 11...more

Eroding the Majority Rule: Another Circuit Concludes That Lease Can Be Extinguished in Free-and-Clear Bankruptcy Sale

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The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of competing interests in the property has long been recognized as one of the most important advantages of...more

Debtor’s Failure to Disclose No Longer Deadly in Eleventh Circuit

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Employers and other defendants suffered a setback recently. Most large companies have been sued by an employee who failed to disclose the lawsuit or cause of action in their individual bankruptcy case. For many years, the...more

Yet Another Ruling Deepens the Divide on Whether the Bankruptcy Code’s Avoidance Provisions Apply Extraterritorially

by Jones Day on

The ability to avoid fraudulent or preferential transfers is a fundamental part of U.S. bankruptcy law. However, when a transfer by a U.S. entity takes place outside the U.S. to a non-U.S. transferee—as is increasingly common...more

Maine Bankruptcy Judge Rules That § 362(c)(3)(A) Automatically Terminates Automatic Stay

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In the recent opinion of In re Smith, the Maine Bankruptcy Court (Fagone, J.) held that the termination of the automatic stay under 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3)(A) extends to the debtor, the debtor’s property, and property of the...more

Some Upside To Being Upside-Down: The Fifth Circuit Provides Undersecured Creditors An Additional Front On which To Contest...

by Cole Schotz on

Undersecured creditors face unique challenges because they are neither fully secured nor fully unsecured. Beyond the obviously undesirable issue of being upside-down on their deal, undersecured creditors often are exposed to...more

Dear Debtor, Three Strikes And You’re Outta Here!

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When an individual files for bankruptcy protection, he/she is entitled to certain wonderful benefits. For example, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing will stop (at least temporarily) a home foreclosure or car repossession and...more

Ultra Court Confirms Make-Whole Amount and Post-Petition Interest for OpCo Noteholders

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The court awarded OpCo Noteholders in excess of $320 million in Make-Whole Amount and post-petition interest, confirming that make-whole is an enforceable liquidated damage claim....more

Judicial Estoppel Defense in Bankruptcy Claims Likely to Get More Difficult

A recent decision from the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has impaired a valuable defense for early dismissal or settlement with bankrupt plaintiffs. This decision will affect strategy for mortgage originators,...more

Supreme Court Declines to Resolve Circuit Split on Debt Recharacterization

On August 10, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rescinded the grant of certiorari in PEM Entities LLC v. Levin on the grounds that review had been “improvidently granted.” The case seemingly provided a perfect vehicle to resolve...more

A Pending Supreme Court Ruling Can’t Create a Claim that Doesn’t Currently Exist

After hearing oral argument at confirmation on August 30, 2017, the bankruptcy court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a written opinion in In re rue21, inc., et. al., Case No. 17-22045-GLT (Bankr. W.D. Pa....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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In an apparent effort to appease dissatisfied activist investors, chemicals giant DowDuPont has announced plans to change its breakup plan with an reorganizational structure that focuses on three “distinct businesses: an...more

Seventh Circuit Denies Trustee a Second Bite at the Avoidance Apple

The Seventh Circuit recently held, in Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 16-1896 & 16-1916, 2017 WL 3470145 (7th Cir. Aug. 14, 2017), that (i) a transfer previously authorized by a bankruptcy court order cannot be avoided due to the...more

Not a Time for Second Thoughts: EDNY Holds Settlement Approval Stage Is No Escape Route

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U.S. Bankruptcy Rule 9019 provides that on a motion brought by a trustee (and thus a chapter 11 debtor-in-possession as well) the court may approve a settlement. The prevailing view is that due to the court’s approval...more

Dear Mortgage Lender – Where Debtors Surrender, Act Quickly

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Eleventh Circuit’s ruling in the Failla case was triumph for mortgage lenders when it affirmed the District Court’s opinion that “once the debtor decides to ‘surrender’ secured property… [w]hile the debtor need not...more

From the Top In Brief - July/August 2017

by Jones Day on

In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348, 2017 BL 161314 (U.S. May 15, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a credit collection agency does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") when it files...more

Third Circuit Holds No Need to Warn Under WARN ACT Unless Circumstances Causing Layoff Are Probable

by Dechert LLP on

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act in the U.S. requires that employers give sixty days’ notice to its employees before effecting a mass layoff. The WARN Act contains exceptions to the notice...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves Separate Classification and Disparate Gifted Consideration Between General Unsecured Creditors

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court, in In re Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Case No. 17-10949 (Bankr. Del. July 24, 2017), confirmed a chapter 11 plan of reorganization despite separate classification and disparate gifted...more

Ninth Circuit Rules That Hypothetical Preference Actions May Be Considered in Applying the Greater Amount Test

by Jones Day on

In Schoenmann v. Bank of the West (In re Tenderloin Health), 849 F.3d 1231 (9th Cir. 2017), a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently addressed as a matter of apparent first impression...more

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