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Turning A Blind Eye Cost Lender Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars; Inquiry Notice Spoils Lender’s Good Faith Defense In Fraudulent...

Lending credence to the old adage “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is,” the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a secured lender was on inquiry notice of possible fraud by its borrower in...more

When Worlds Collide: Article 2 of The Uniform Commercial Code and Chapter 11

Picture the scene: You have just received word that your customer has filed Chapter 11. You had followed my advice (see article Reducing a Customer’s Accounts Receivable in the Zone of Insolvency), and put the customer on a...more

The Eleventh Circuit Still Stands Alone, as Balch Attorneys Defend the Dismissal of Crawford Claims in Federal Appellate Courts...

From the moment it was published in July 2014, Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC, 758 F.3d 1254 (11th Cir. 2014)—the first reported appellate decision holding that a plaintiff may state a claim under the Fair Debt Collection...more

Secured Creditors Beware: Overvalued Properties in Bankruptcy

An overvalued property may now have a bigger impact on a secured creditor’s bottom-line during bankruptcy. Splitting with the Seventh Circuit, the Fifth Circuit in Southwest Securities, FSB v. Segner (In the Matter of...more

The Oil Bust…Bankruptcy Boom?

Although the news is filled with stories of falling oil and gas prices and suggestions that a third of the exploration and production companies may file for bankruptcy, this most recent downturn may not produce the bankruptcy...more

Third Circuit Holds Companies in Bankruptcy Can Reject Expired CBAs

In a ruling that comes as a blow to organized labor and a boon to employers in bankruptcy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently broke new appellate ground in holding that Section 1113 of the Bankruptcy...more

NHL Scores Big on Attorneys' Fees Against Nondebtors

Last fall, the National Hockey League (NHL) enjoyed a big off-ice victory when the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona found that it was entitled to recover from Jerry and Vickie Moyes and the Jerry and Vickie...more

Jesinoski Update: TILA Rescission in a Post-Jesinoski World

A little over one year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 790 (2015), which resolved a circuit court spit regarding how a mortgage borrower may exercise the...more

Midstream Contract Acreage Dedications at Risk

If you read one thing... - On Tuesday, Judge Shelley Chapman, the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Judge in the Sabine Oil & Gas chapter 11 cases, noted she was “inclined” to permit the rejection of certain...more

11th Circuit Says Assignee Cannot File Bankruptcy for Company

An “Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors” (an “ABC”) is an alternative to bankruptcy available under California law—as well as the laws of other states. An ABC is often a more cost-efficient alternative to filing a...more

Bankruptcy Law News: Reclamation or Section 503(b)(9) Claim? - A Potential Trap

With the 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, Congress may have created a potential trap for a creditor who wants to preserve its reclamation rights but also exercise the administrative expense claim, which was created by...more

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Holds That Avoidance Powers Can Be Applied...

On January 4, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”) deviated from SDNY precedent and held that, despite the absence of clear Congressional intent, the...more

How Will Exploration and Production Companies Weather the Storm of 2016?

On December 31, 2014, when the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil dropped 50% from summer prices that year to just under $55.00 per barrel, experts predicted there would be a flurry of industry restructurings; but no...more

Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights News: Secured Lender Forced, under Bankruptcy Code Section 506(c), to Pay Trustee's Expenses of...

For secured lenders, the single most dangerous provision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is section 506(c). This section permits the bankruptcy court to collect from the lender’s collateral the bankruptcy estate’s necessary...more

Lehman-JPMorgan Settlement Still Leaves Much Unresolved

On January 25, Lehman and JPMorgan announced a settlement to resolve several aspects of the contentious and multifaceted Lehman-JPMorgan dispute that has lingered throughout Lehman’s bankruptcy. The bankruptcy court will hear...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 2016

In Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. v. Estrella Perez, et al., No. 3D15-58, 2015 WL 8347002 (Fla. 3d DCA Dec. 9, 2015), Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred in dismissing a foreclosure case on...more

US Equipment Leasing and Finance Legal Update – January 2016

Welcome to the inaugural issue of JMBM’s US Equipment Leasing and Finance Legal Update. My goal is to alert our clients and friends of legal developments that may affect their equipment leasing and finance transactions in the...more

M.D. Fla. Holds Bankruptcy Code Preempts FDCPA For Filing Time Barred Proofs of Claim

In Castellanos v. Midland Funding, LLC, 15-CV-559 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 4, 2016) the United States District Judge John Steele joined with several of his Middle District of Florida colleagues and held that the Bankruptcy Code...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Permits Chapter 11 Debtor to Reject Expired CBA

It is a familiar scenario: a company is on the verge of bankruptcy, bound by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), and unable to negotiate a new agreement. However, this time, an analysis of this distressed...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Amendments to Rule 13n-4 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 - On January 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission reopened the comment period for proposed amendments to...more

Secured Creditors Beware: Liability Lurks in Lockboxes

Lenders and secured creditors often require that debtor-customers direct all receivable collections into a lockbox, hoping to wrangle any available proceeds to apply to their debtors’ outstanding debt. In requiring a debtor...more

2nd Circuit Rules Bankruptcy Code Does Not Preclude FDCPA Suit in District Court

In Garfield v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, 15-527 (2d Cir. Jan. 4, 2016), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals examined whether a debtor who has been discharged in a bankruptcy can sue in a district court under the Fair Debt...more

District Court Scrutinizes Inter-Account Transfers for Madoff Customers

The District Court for the Southern District of New York recently affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s decision to approve the method used by trustee of the estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS) to value...more

Insider Loans Equitably Subordinated

In SGK Ventures, LLC, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered that the secured claims of two entities controlled by insiders of the debtor be equitably subordinated to the claims of unsecured...more

Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Approves Settlement Agreement with Foreclosing Lender Over Objections of the Debtor

Often overlooked by lenders and servicers, sometimes striking a deal with the Chapter 7 Trustee in bankruptcy court, is the more prudent and cost effective approach to resolving frivolous lawsuits filed by defaulting...more

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