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Whose Property Is The Corporate Social Media Account?

As we have discussed in previous posts, the issues surrounding ownership rights to an employer’s social media account and its contents continues to be a moving target without definitive answers. A federal bankruptcy court...more

$5.9 Million in Payments to Golf Channel Declared Out of Bounds

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision that should make defendants in Ponzi cases shiver in their boots. The court said that the defendant, the Golf Channel, had to return nearly $6 million and that it...more

Third Parties, Government Challenge RadioShack’s Sale Of Customer Data

On May 13, an affiliate of Standard General LP agreed to pay $26.2 million for a portfolio of the bankrupt RadioShack Corp.’s intellectual property, including a database of 67 million RadioShack customer addresses, 8.5...more

Social Media Assets in Bankruptcy: Facebook and Twitter Accounts Subject to Reach of Creditors

Social media accounts can be “property of the estate” in a bankruptcy case of a business, and thus belong to the business, even when the contents of the accounts are intermingled with personal content of managers and owners....more

Judges, Guns, And Facebook: Social Media Lessons For Businesses From The Tactical Firearms Case

Over the past few weeks, the internet has been abuzz over the battle raging between Jeremy Alcede, the former majority owner of CTIL, LLC, dba Tactical Firearms (the debtor), and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District...more

Texas Bankruptcy Court ‘Likes’ Facebook and Twitter Accounts as Property of the Reorganized Debtor

In a recent opinion in In re: CTLI, LLC (Tactical Firearms), Judge Jeff Bohm in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered a debtor to handover its Facebook and Twitter accounts to the...more

Telecom Bankruptcies: Swimming Against A Tidal Wave

“The news from the telecom industry will remain unrelentingly negative until a cyclical upturn is in sight possibly not until 2003. In the interim the telecommunications sector will be entering a build-buy or be bought phase...more

“Crumbs” of Hope for Trademark Licensees

You are a trademark licensee, and your licensor suddenly declares bankruptcy. Then, to make matters worse, the bankruptcy trustee rejects your licensing agreement. What does this mean for you? Although intellectual...more

Security Interests in Intellectual Property and Related Issues in Bankruptcy

Intellectual property (“IP”) can act as collateral to be pledged to secure an extension of credit. For example, a company that borrows money from a bank can pledge its patents as collateral for the loan. The bank (referred...more

Trademark License Not Subject To Rejection In Bankruptcy In Certain Circumstances

Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 365, a debtor or bankruptcy trustee has the option, subject to court approval, of electing one of the following three alternatives with respect to an executory contract: (a) assuming the contract, (b)...more

Magic Words to Preserve an Interest in an IRU?

Previously on this Law Advisor, I questioned whether an IRU is really an IRU. In particular, after peeling back the layer of the IRU onion, what really is it? I suggested that an IRU is a capital lease with the right to quiet...more

"The Unsafe Harbor: The Tribune Decision and the Erosion of Bankruptcy Code Section 546(e)"

A 2013 court decision has cast doubts over the future scope of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code’s safe harbor protections against the reversal of settled securities transactions. If the ruling stemming from the Tribune Company...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - February 2013

In this Issue: - Lenders Beware - International Insolvency Laws: Will One Size Fit All? The Debate Continues - ‘Fair and Equitable’ Means More Than Amortization Schedule - Pre-Petition Security License...more

Collateral Value of FCC Broadcasting Licenses Less Uncertain After 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling

In its recent decision in Valley Bank and Trust Company v. Spectrum Scan, LLC (In re Tracy Broadcasting Corp.), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit overturned lower court decisions that were casting serious doubt...more

"Rejection of Perpetual, Royalty-Free, Exclusive Trademark License Permitted by Eighth Circuit Ruling: Lewis Brothers Bakeries...

The U.S. Bankruptcy Code generally limits a Chapter 11 debtor-licensor’s ability to reject intellectual property licenses, but trademark licenses are not subject to such limitations. Trademark license agreements that are...more

Local Governments Facing Tough Times, Bankruptcy

What do Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes,California have in common? If you were thinking about warm weather, plenty of sunshine and the California lifestyle, you might be right, but that’s not the answer we’re...more

Sunbeam Decision Gives a Ray of Hope to Intellectual Property Licensees

Licensees of intellectual property, especially trademarks, may breathe easier thanks to a Circuit-splitting decision authored by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month. In Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. Chicago...more

Trademark Licensee’s Rights Survive Rejection of License in Bankruptcy in Sunbeam Decision

In reaction to a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Lubrizol Enterprises, Inc. v. Richmond Metal Finishers, Inc., 756 F.2d 1043 (4th Cir. 1985), in which the court held that a licensee of patents,...more

Seventh Circuit Strengthens Protection for IP Licenses in Bankruptcy

On July 9, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit significantly strengthened the potential ability of licensees to trademarks, international intellectual property, and other rights to continue to...more

Sunbeam Products: 7th Circuit Says "No" to Lubrizol, "Yes" to Trademark Licensees in Bankruptcy Cases

On July 9, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision in Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. Chicago American Mfg., LLC (No. 11-3920), a case that addresses the effect of a bankruptcy trustee's...more

Recoupment Affirmative Defense Not Extinguished by Debtor’s 363(f) Sale

On March 30, 2012, Judge Sidney H. Stein of the District Court for the Southern District of New York held that a claimant’s affirmative defense of recoupment was not extinguished by the debtor’s section 363(f) sale. Hispanic...more

Coming Soon to a Store Near You...Tavern on the Green Ketchup?

There’s been a lot of ink spilled on Duets Blog about the long saga of the Tavern on the Green, here, here and here. The last we heard, back in March of 2010, was that a judge had ordered the cancellation of the trademark...more

Florida Telco Manufacturer plans Asset Sale in Bankruptcy

Teltronics Inc, Florida’s telecommunications equipment manufacturer has filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit plan that includes selling off its assets. However, little has been revealed in the form of details about the...more

Securing a Loan to a Broadcaster, Part 2 - Bankruptcy Cases and Liens on Licenses

When an FCC licensee goes bankrupt, the question of how to treat the interests of secured lenders is the one that, from time to time, comes up for debate. Two recent cases deal with this issue – one appearing to be an...more

Handling Trademark Licensees in Bankruptcy: Part Two

This two-part article provides an overview of the main issues faced and decisions to be made by a trademark licensor whose licensee has filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. It covers the following four scenarios: (i) if the...more

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