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July 3rd Legislative Update

We hoped to NOT send a legislative weekly update in July, but we’re afraid this is just the first of many. The House and Senate have broken a logjam and are moving toward agreement on many of the items standing between them...more

Be PREPAred: PREPA Bondholders Greet Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Legislation With Federal Lawsuit

On Saturday, June 28, Puerto Rico’s Governor Padilla signed into effect Puerto Rico’s new bankruptcy law for certain revenue bond issuers. Within 24 hours of the statute’s enactment, two mutual fund complexes owning...more

Detroit Bankruptcy: The Next Step in the Grand Bargain

On Tuesday, June 2, 2014, the Michigan state senate passed a number of important bills, all of which are aimed to help lift Detroit out of its $18 billion bankruptcy. Approval by Governor Rick Snyder is all but guaranteed, as...more

Patent Reform Bill, And Its Revisions To Bankruptcy Code Section 365(n), Stalls In The Senate

In December 2013 I wrote about the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309, a bill focused on patent infringement litigation and other patent law reforms that passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis. My interest in the...more

Innovation Act, Passed By The House, Would Make Major Changes To Section 365(n)’s IP Licensee Protections

It isn’t law yet, but on December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a significant patent reform bill known as the "Innovation Act." Although the focus of the legislation is on patent infringement litigation...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Shows Need for Amending Bankruptcy Law  [Video]

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Detroit's municipal bankruptcy is reason Congress should consider amending Chapter 9 governing municipal debt adjustment, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Sandbagging of a Federal District Judge  [Video]

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Clergy abuse victims may be going after a district judge on undisclosed grounds for recusal in the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Could Mean Little for Creditors [Video]

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- How Detroit is dramatically different from any other municipal bankruptcy is the first topic of discussion on the video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill...more

Harvey Miller: Detroit Will Be In Bankruptcy "For A Long Time"  [Video]

July 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Harvey Miller, partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that Detroit's recently filed Chapter 9 bankruptcy case will not be an easy restructuring. In addition to the...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Make-Whole Premiums, Lehman, ResCap  [Video]

July 17 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bankruptcy Judge Sarah A. Hall in Oklahoma City is this week's "Judge of the Week" on the new video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle. In the...more

Emerging Statutory Threats to Recourse Triggers

A new type of threat is emerging that may thwart special servicer collections: retroactive state legislation. For most CMBS collection actions involving nonrecourse loans, the issue of springing recourse triggers (so-called...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Versace Mansion Up for Sale, Casey Anthony  [Video]

July 10 (Bloomberg Law) -- This week's Bloomberg bankruptcy video kicks off with two items usually associated with tabloid journalism. First, Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle...more

Too Big To Fail in the Dodd-Frank Era  [Video]

May 31 (Bloomberg) -- Davis Polk Partner Randall Guynn speaks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about how Dodd-Frank's orderly liquidation authority (OLA) gives lawmakers better choices when faced with the failure of complex...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Trustees Sleep Easy after High Court Ruling  [Video]

May 15 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trustees of all types are sleeping easier, knowing that their liabilities for theft by a co-trustee is a debt that can be wiped out in bankruptcy as a result of a unanimous Supreme Court decision...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Lehman Test Case on Judicial Nullification [Video]

May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Although Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is out of bankruptcy a year, the case continues to make law. As Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle discuss on their...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Easterbrook Turns the Tide on Student Loans  [Video]

April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Why and when U.S.-managed hedge funds can go bankrupt in the Caribbean, not in the U.S., is the first item discussed on the new bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg...more

Buchheit: Cyprus Could Need a Second Bailout  [Video]

Mar. 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- The sovereign debt crisis in Cyprus marks the fifth European nation to need a bailout in recent memory, but this crisis is unique because European Union regulators are taking the unprecedented step...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Why is Kodak's Stock Soaring? [Video]

March 20 (Bloomberg Law) -- Although Eastman Kodak Co. stock shot up like a rocket in a week's time, investors might not have the same profitable outcome like owners of American Airlines shares, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia...more

Senator Coons to Lead Subcommittee on Bankruptcy: Legislative Implications

The Senate Judiciary Committee in February approved Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons to head the Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts for the 113th Congress. This gives Coons oversight of the nation’s bankruptcy...more

Weekly Brief: Courthouse Violence on the Rise  [Video]

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. A recent shooting at a courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware highlights a disturbing rise in violence in and around courts. Mary...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Rakoff Reverses Himself in Madoff Case  [Video]

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Judges rarely reverse themselves. When U.S. District Jed Rakoff recanted a ruling he made previously in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Inc., the reversal was important...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Delaware to Continue Dominating Bankruptcy  [Video]

Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The dominance of Delaware and New York bankruptcy courts is secure for another two years, for reasons Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle explain on their...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Fee Agreement Puts Law Firm In Trustee's Sights [Video]

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Law firm Kaye Scholer LLP and financial advisor Capstone Advisory Group LLC are in the sights of a U.S. Trustee aiming to claw back $12 million for an undisclosed agreement to share fees awarded in...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Big Surprises For AMR, MF Global Creditors [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Surprises about the financial condition of MF Global Holdings Ltd. and AMR Corp., the parent of American Airlines Inc., make up the first topic for discussion in the newest video by Bloomberg Law's Lee...more

Detroit's "Fiscal Cliff" and Michigan's Response

Detroit’s increasingly distressed financial condition has created a dynamic and rapidly evolving situation where the potential of a Chapter 9 filing appears to be the subject of renewed discussion and legislative attention. ...more

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