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Section 1113 Applies to Expired Collective Bargaining Agreements

Recently, in the case of In re Trump Entertainment Resorts, Bankruptcy No. 14-12103 (Bankr. D. Del. 2014), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 4439 (Bankr. D. Del. October 20, 2014), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware...more

Employees Face Uphill Battle in Holding Private Equity Firms Accountable under WARN Act

The United States District Court in Delaware recently issued a welcome decision for private equity firms whose portfolio companies run afoul of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”). In In re...more

Proposed Bankruptcy Fairness and Employee Benefits Protection Act of 2014 would place significant restrictions on employers in...

Legislation recently introduced in the Senate would place many restrictions on the ability of a corporation navigating bankruptcy to change the compensation and benefits of employees and retirees. The bill would also create a...more

Blog: California Bankruptcy Judge Rules that State Law Does Not Protect Pension Fund from Municipal Bankruptcies

On October 1, a bankruptcy judge ruled that the pension agreement between Stockton, California and Calpers, California’s massive state-run pension fund for public employees, is an executory contract that can be rejected in...more

Subcontractors Can Still Perfect Mechanic’s Liens After Prime Contractors File Bankruptcy

One of the most common and effective ways for a subcontractor to secure a payment claim is to file a lien. Assuming any applicable, pre-lien notice requirements are satisfied, an unpaid subcontractor can lien a private...more

Employer Loses WARN Affirmative Defenses In Class Action Due To Insufficient Description In Notice

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. As criminal charges continue to loom for some former Dewey partners, the judge overseeing Dewey’s bankruptcy has now ruled that the firm cannot...more

When is a total deficit not a total deficit? Another turn of events for pension contributions

Summary - On 18 December 2013, judgment of the High Court in England and Wales was handed down in a case relating to the insolvency of Lehman Brothers companies (In the Matters of Storm Funding Limited (In...more

Government Employee Pensions May Now Be Fair Game for Cuts During Bankruptcy Restructuring

On Tuesday, December 2, 2013, Judge Steven Rhodes of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the City of Detroit, which filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on July 18, 2013, met the...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - December 11, 2013

In this issue: - Detroit Gets a Fresh Start and Pension Debt is at Risk - UK Supreme Court Finds Certain Pension Liabilities Are Not Entitled to Priority Treatment, in Nortel and Lehman Decisions - Amount of...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #33

We are pleased to present the 33rd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight news that will have an impact on business and litigation, including extra-territorial...more

Private Equity Fund May Be Liable for Portfolio Company Withdrawal Liability

In Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund, the First Circuit Court of Appeals held that an investment fund managed by private equity firm Sun Capital Advisors, Inc. (“Sun...more

Private Equity Fund May Be “Trade or Business” Under ERISA

First Circuit holds that an investment fund may be responsible for controlled group pension liabilities of portfolio companies. On July 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a significant decision...more

A Warning Shot for Private Equity Funds: First Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Fund Engaged in a "Trade or Business" for Purposes...

Under Title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), withdrawal liability upon cessation of participation in a multiemployer pension plan and termination liability upon the involuntary or distressed...more

Business Bankruptcies Continue to Decline

Business Bankruptcies Continue to Decline by Joel R. Glucksman on August 13, 2013 Americans have been inundated as of late with news relating to several high-profile business bankruptcies, suggesting that more...more

Private Equity Funds Can Be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Plan Obligations

What you need to know: The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held that a private equity fund can be a “trade or business,” allowing the fund under certain circumstances to be liable under ERISA for the...more

Potential Personal Liability for Corporate Debts

A business experiencing financial difficulty will typically be forced to allocate its scarce resources toward payment of only some of its creditors. In that process, it is important to keep in mind that for some types of...more

UK Pensions Alert: UK supreme court decision - where pension liabilities rank on group insolvency

On 24 July the UK's Supreme Court handed down a judgment which clarifies a question about where defined benefit pension liabilities rank on group insolvency. The Court overturned a number of previous decisions made by lower...more

UK Supreme Court Throws out the Nortel and Lehman Pension Baby Claims with the Bathwater

While the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge has dominated the British (and the world) headlines this week, the U.K. Supreme Court delivered its own long awaited bundle of joy earlier...more

Bankruptcy Court Permits Patriot to Modify Union Agreements

Patriot Coal became the third major debtor in the last year to modify benefits or reject a CBA under sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code. Following similar rulings in the Hostess and AMR Corporation bankruptcies,...more

Patriot Coal Authorized to Modify Union Obligations

On May 29, Patriot Coal (Patriot) became the third major debtor in the last year to receive court approval to modify union benefits or reject a CBA under sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code....more

Changes Afoot for ERISA “Reportable Event” Rules

As many as 90% of pension plans and pension plan sponsors may soon have fewer “reportable events” to track and report to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”), if certain proposed changes to the PBGC...more

Proposed Regulations May Affect Default Risk for Borrowers with Pension Plans

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has proposed regulatory safe harbors waiving the obligation of financially sound defined benefit pension plans and the companies that maintain them from the duty to report...more

Dechert OnPoint: NDNY Bankruptcy Court's Broad Interpretation of the Definition of "Interests" in 363 Sale

A recent decision out of the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York has brought greater certainty to the interpretation of what qualifies as an “interest” when determining the scope of a Section 363(f) “free...more

New York Bankruptcy Court Adopts Expansive View of Section 363 Free and Clear Assets Sales

Introduction - In a recent decision, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York broadly interpreted the meaning of “interest” in the context of determining the scope of a sale free and clear of “liens,...more

Bankrupt Municipality May Reduce Retiree Benefits

The bankruptcy of the largest U.S. city to file a chapter 9 bankruptcy petition has yielded a decision with serious implications for municipal creditors. Specifically, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern...more

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