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U.S. Supreme Court Expands Types of Fraud Which May Bar a Bankruptcy Discharge

The Supreme Court has rewarded creditors and their attorneys with a decision expanding the kinds of “actual fraud” which will prevent the discharge of a bankruptcy debtor. Some lower courts had held that to prevent a...more

Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Holds that an Oversecured Creditor Is Entitled to Default Interest After the Petition...

In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC (In re Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC), 547 B.R. 819 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel recently held that an oversecured creditor is...more

Failure to Observe Bankruptcy Rule Deadline in An Adversary Proceeding Tried in District Court Costs Defendants Opportunity to...

A recent case from the 11th Circuit illustrates the procedural perils of litigation arising from a bankruptcy case but ultimately tried in the district court. In Rosenberg v. DVI Receivables XIV, LLC, the defendants lost...more

Supreme Court Rules Exception to Bankruptcy Discharge for Fraud Claims Extends to Fraudulent Transfer Liability

In a decision rendered on May 16, 2016, in the case of Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the exception to bankruptcy discharge for debts incurred through actual fraud applies to...more

ASARCO’s Revenge: Do Estate Professionals Now Have to Charge the Same Fees to an Estate or Committee that They Would Charge a...

Either from our prior posts, or from the great posts from Stone and Baxter’s Plan Proponent blog or from Bracewell’s Basis Points blog, we all know the Supreme Court’s holding in ASARCO: a strict interpretation of Section...more

Ritz Might Give Fraudulent Conveyance Transferees Fits

The United States Supreme Court clarified in Husky Int’l Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, 578 U.S.(2016) that “actual fraud” as used in Section 523(a)(2)(A) is broad enough to encompass fraudulent conveyance schemes and does not...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Carrier’s “Extended” Maritime Possessory Liens

Summary of Holding - In a recent opinion, in a case of first impression at the circuit level, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that maritime carriers and their customers may contractually extend the...more

Layoffs Without WARN-ing: How to Use the Unforeseeable Business Circumstance Exception

A recent federal trial court decision out of Delaware, In re AE Liquidation, Inc. v. Burtch, No. 14-1492-LPS (D. Del. Mar. 31, 2016), illustrates how, even in the context of a very troubled business, the Worker Adjustment and...more

Preference Defendants, Rejoice! Services Billed in a Lump Sum Can Be Allocated Per Diem, for Your New Value Defense

Preference actions are, for the most part, insanity. We won’t go on a tirade here. But recently, a ruling brings common sense to the “new value” defense....more

7th Circuit Disrupts Commercial Certainty in Lease Terminations; Landlords, We Hate That You Have to Read this Blog Post

There are many tenants that are, shall we say, “problem children.” They pay late, open late, breach, junk up your strip or building, threaten, the works. Sometimes, the landlord finds it easier just to reach a lease...more

Back From the Dead: Voluntarily Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease May Give Rise to an Avoidance Action in Bankruptcy Against...

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit should prompt landlords to give careful consideration before entering into a lease termination agreement with a distressed tenant. In In re Great...more

UCC Standing Blocked in Recent Sabine Decision

What showing must creditors make to be granted the right to prosecute claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate? Under the widely recognized standard established by the Second Circuit in In re STN Enterprises, a bankruptcy...more

Termination of a Commercial Lease May be an “Avoidable Transfer” in Bankruptcy, holds Seventh Circuit

In March 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a landlord may be liable to a debtor’s bankruptcy estate for the value of a lease the debtor terminated early, holding the termination may be an...more

“The ABC’S of ACB’S” – Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy Court

You’ve decided that your business will fare better if you put a mandatory arbitration clause into all of your contracts. You want to be fair to your counterparty, so you choose to arbitrate under the Federal Arbitration Act....more

Sun Capital Court Finds that Common Industry Practices Exposed PE Funds to Pension Plan Liabilities

A group of related private equity (“PE”) funds were found liable for a bankrupt portfolio company’s pension plan debts in the latest and most worrisome decision in the long-running Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England...more

Illinois Bankruptcy Court Nullifies Lender's Right To Block Debtor's Bankruptcy Filing

Often, as part of a forbearance agreement, a lender will obtain a provision requiring its consent to any subsequently filed bankruptcy; the theory being that if the business debtor subsequently defaults under its restructured...more

Ninth Circuit Rulings on Equitable Mootness in Transwest and Sunnyslope Impact Third Party Investors

The doctrine of equitable mootness provides that Chapter 11 reorganization plans will be deemed moot, and therefore not subject to appellate review, if a plan has been substantially consummated and granting appellate relief...more

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring/Finance Advisory: Second Circuit Rejects Potential Loophole in the Securities Contract Safe...

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that the “safe harbor” protections for securities contracts in Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code prevented individual creditors’ state law constructive fraudulent transfer...more

The District of Massachusetts Calls for Review of Practice of “Surrendering” Underwater Property

For secured lenders, a consumer debtor’s chapter 13 bankruptcy filing can be a mixed bag. A chapter 13 bankruptcy petition often is utilized by a consumer debtor to avoid a foreclosure by allowing a debtor time (usually...more

Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease? Plan Now to Defend a Possible Bankruptcy Avoidance Action Later

Landlords contemplating terminating a lease with a distressed tenant in advance of a possible tenant bankruptcy will want to consider carefully a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit. The decision, In re Great Lakes Quick...more

Ever-Expanding Safe Harbor Leaves Creditors’ Claims Stranded at Sea

Second Circuit holds that Bankruptcy Code preempts creditors’ state law constructive fraud claims. On March 29, 2016, the Second Circuit issued its opinion in In re Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litig.,...more

When Going “All In” Pays Off: The Third Circuit Upholds The Decision of the Bankruptcy Court in In re Trump Entertainment Resorts,...

In an appeal certified directly from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Bankruptcy Court”) to the Court of Appeals, the Third Circuit issued a ruling upholding Judge Kevin Gross’s decision that a chapter...more

The Un-Bankruptcy: A Texas Receivership as an Alternative to Bankruptcy (and fourteen ways to appoint a receiver in The Lone Star...

Creditors seeking to exercise control over a borrower or collateral may utilize a number of remedies. They may seek a foreclosure or UCC sale, assignment for the benefit of creditors, file an involuntary bankruptcy petition...more

Casting a Wider Net: Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for ERISA Withdrawal Liability

On March 28, 2016, a district court in Massachusetts found two private equity funds (under the Sun Capital Partners, Inc. umbrella) jointly and severally liable for withdrawal liability imposed on one of its underlying...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Judgment May Be Dischargeable In Bankruptcy

It is not uncommon for a successful plaintiff in a breach of fiduciary duty case to have their collection efforts thwarted by a defendant filing for bankruptcy. The issue is whether the state court judgment is dischargeable...more

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