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Lapse into LASPO further delayed for insolvency practitioners

On Thursday 26th February, the Ministry of Justice announced that the insolvency exemption to sections 44 and 46 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (‘LASPO’) will continue for the time being,...more

Effect Of Cross-Border Insolvency On Contractual Time Bar

In Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd v Owners of the MV Sanko Mineral [2014] EWHC 3927 it was held that, as a matter of English law, a claimant should have commenced arbitration within 12 months, in accordance with contractual...more

Puerto Rico Debt Recovery Act Ruled Unconstitutional1

On Friday February 6, the Puerto Rico Federal District Court ruled the Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act (the “Recovery Act”) unconstitutional. Franklin Calif. Tax-Free Trust, et al. v. Comm. Of Puerto Rico et al., (D.P.R.,...more

UCC Lien Termination Error May Result In Huge Loss For Lender

The legal principles governing corporate finance are often complex. Sometimes, however, the simplest of errors can be the most costly. Such was the case with a large syndicated secured loan made to General Motors. Due to a...more

Losing At Dodge Ball: Understanding The Supreme Court’s Implied Authorization Of Consent In Executive Benefits Insurance Agency V....

In this Article: - Introduction - A Tale as Old as Time: The Evolution of Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Before Stern - Let’s Talk About Stern, Baby - Much Ado About Nothing: Executive Benefits Insurance...more

Recording Notice of Default as Trustee Before Being Formally Made the Trustee Does Not Make Foreclosure Sale Void

In Ram, et al. v. OneWest Bank, FSB, et al. (filed 2/6/15, No. A139055), the California Court of Appeal held that a nonjudicial foreclosure sale is not void merely because the notice of default was recorded by an entity who...more

Bankruptcy Court Decides That The Bankruptcy Code Preempts California State Pension Laws

In a February 4, 2015 opinion, the bankruptcy judge presiding over Stockton, California's Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy case approved Stockton's bankruptcy plan of adjustment. In re City of Stockton, 2015 Bankr....more

U.S. District Court of Delaware Reverses and Remands A Bankruptcy Settlement Effected With No Notice

On January 16, 2015, Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware issued an opinion that reversed an order of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court that approved a settlement, and...more

Blog: The Ninth Circuit Rejects the “Dominion and Control Test” for Determining the Initial Transferee in Fraudulent Conveyance...

Under section 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, a trustee or debtor in possession may recover property (or its value) that has been fraudulently transferred “from the initial transferee or the entity for whose benefit the...more

Second Circuit to Lenders: Get Your UCC Filings Right

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion regarding a mistaken UCC-3 termination statement that all loan market participants should consider carefully. The Second Circuit held...more

In re Charles W. Dowdy - U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D. Mississippi, January 28, 2015

Mississippi bankruptcy court holds that agreement encompassing both settlement agreement resolving claims for past-due performance royalties and contemporaneously executed ASCAP licensing agreements is not a single agreement,...more

"Delaware Court of Chancery Decision Clarifies Fiduciary Issues in Insolvent Company Context"

The Court of Chancery of Delaware recently issued a noteworthy decision clarifying fiduciary duties and confirming business judgment rule protection for board-level business strategy decisions by directors of insolvent...more

"A Question of Behavior: Foreign Sovereign Debt Restructuring Before US Courts"

The impact of Argentina's prolonged dispute with the holdouts of its defaulted debt continues to reverberate in the context of foreign sovereign debt restructuring. What has been called the "trial of the century" because of...more

Insured’s Noncompliance With Notice Provision Prohibits Judgment Creditor From Collecting

In its Memorandum and Recommendation on Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss in Kipp Flores Architects, LLC v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company, case number 4:14-cv-02702 (S.D. Tex. Jan. 9, 2015), the United States District Court for...more

"Ruling on Extraterritoriality May Protect Foreign Investors in US Bankruptcies"

The Bankruptcy Code authorizes a bankruptcy trustee to avoid (i.e., obtain the return of) certain types of prepetition property transfers so that the bankrupt estate can be divided among creditors fairly. For example, a...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

"Trends in Chapter 11 Filings, Venue and Proposed Reforms"

Corporate Chapter 11 filings remained relatively low in 2014, down slightly from 2013, due to a robust capital market environment, low interest rates and easy access to financing. These and other factors allowed highly...more

Banks Take A Risk In Freezing A Debtor’s Account During Chapter 7 Proceeding

Introduction - What is a bank to do when an individual depositor files a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition? Do the turnover requirements of the US Bankruptcy Code allow the bank to put a freeze on the debtor’s account, at...more

Denial of Plan Confirmation and Finality - Supreme Court's Resolution of Circuit Split May Apply to Chapter 11

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank (In re Bullard), U.S., No. 14-116 (cert. granted 12/12/14). The Court's decision in this case will resolve a circuit split with regard to whether an order...more

Second Circuit Denies Petition for En Banc Review of Fairfield Decision

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a petition for en banc review of the Second Circuit’s September 2014 panel decision holding that bankruptcy courts are required to review the...more

Bankruptcy Sales: “It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s Over”

Great Plains Royalty Corp. v. Earl Schwartz Co. (In re Great Plains Royalty Corp.), 520 B.R. 292 (Bankr. D. N.D. 2014) – Two companies that acquired assets in a bankruptcy auction moved to reopen the case to clarify...more

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

In the not too distant past, there was a school of thought that a covenant not to sue (CNTS) had a different legal effect than a patent license in the US. Differences I frequently heard included a CNTS does not run with the...more

Proof of Claim: Foreign Qualification Requirements May Be More Important Than You Thought

In re Flex Fin. Holding Co., 518 B.R. 891 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2014) – A landlord filed a proof of claim for ~$1.34 million for a debtor’s prepetition breach of its lease. The debtor objected based on the landlord’s...more

The Second District Court of Appeals Holds That Due To Inconsistencies Between The Provisions Of A Promissory Note And A Deed Of...

Facts - U.S. Bank's predecessor bank extended a $62,000,000 loan (Loan) to three legal entities (Borrowers). The Loan was secured by a deed of trust on real property. Mr. and Mrs. Yashouafar (Yashouafars) guaranteed...more

Equitable Subordination: Construction Lenders Beware

Atlantic Builders Group, Inc. v. Old Line Bank (In re Prince Frederick Inv., LLC), 516 B.R. 778 (Bankr. D. Md. 2014) – A construction contractor contended that the claim of the debtor’s construction lender should be...more

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