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Third Circuit Approves Use Of Structured Dismissals Of Chapter 11 Bankruptcies, but Rarely

On May 21, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit approved the settlement and dismissal of chapter 11 bankruptcy cases through a structured dismissal in rare instances. See Official Committee of...more

Despite Changing Economic Reality, Federal Court Holds Indian Tribes Have Sovereign Immunity in Bankruptcy, Absent Waiver

As the Indian gaming industry continues to thrive, Indian tribes are increasingly engaging in other commercial endeavors including banking, construction, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail and more. Based on a...more

Schemes: Recognition or Parallel Schemes of Arrangement

In response to the turbulent economic times seen of late, there has been a significant growth in the use of schemes of arrangement to compromise creditors’ claims where the company in question is facing financial...more

Opinion Letter – Why And How Much Will It Cost?

An Opinon Letter is like an estoppel certificate issued by the borrower’s attorney regarding the borrowing entity and the loan documents. Borrowers may have an opportunity at the loan application stage to negotiate the...more

Recording Errors: A Typo Is Not Always Fatal

Deirdra Renee Gause v. Citifinancial Services, Inc. (In re Deirdra Renee Gause), 525 B.R. 35 (Bankr. M.D. N.C. 2014) – A chapter 13 debtor sought a court determination that a mortgage loan was unsecured because there was...more

Recent Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Holds That Underwater Mortgages in a Chapter 7 Cannot be “Stripped off"

The Issue and Background - Debtors David Caulkett and Edelmiro Toledo-Cardona (“Debtors”) each filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief with “underwater” junior mortgages held by Bank of America, N.A. (“Bank”). In other...more

Raising a Drawbridge Objection: Eligibility in Chapter 15 Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

Insolvency like international law can lend itself to aggressive protectionism as parties or countries try to preserve their own interests, like medieval lords surrounded their castles with moats and towering walls to fend off...more

Becoming a Creditor in a Bankruptcy Case Triggers a Duty to Preserve Documents

A litigator in bankruptcy court is challenged with mastery of a trial lawyer’s skills as well as the developing substantive law, jurisdictional and otherwise, governed by the Bankruptcy Code. Who hasn’t heard of Stern v....more

The Road Ahead for TransVantage Solutions, Inc.

The Chapter 7 Trustee appointed in the TransVantage Solutions, Inc. bankruptcy case ground the gears of the nation’s trucking industry this past April when he filed over 500 adversary complaints against common carriers,...more

Seventh Circuit Says Violations of Wisconsin’s Theft-by-Contractor Statute Are Not Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Code prevents an individual debtor from discharging certain debts, including, upon request of the creditor, debts for “fraud or defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity.” 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(4). The...more

Cramdown Hurdles Round 3: Try, Try Again

In re Ramz Real Estate Co., LLC, 510 B.R. 712 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2013) – An undersecured mortgagee objected to a debtor’s proposed plan of reorganization on several grounds, including that (1) the plan was not approved by...more

"Strip, Strip Hooray!" - Supreme Court Settles Chapter 7 Lien-Stripping Debate

Twenty-three years after initially visiting the issue, the United States Supreme Court has recently settled what some would call “the single most important unresolved issue in consumer bankruptcy” - whether Chapter 7 permits...more

The Monetary Risks of Filing an Involuntary Bankruptcy Petition

The Bankruptcy Code offers several advantages for the creditors of financially distressed individuals and corporations, including federal court supervision of a possibly untrustworthy debtor and mitigation of the risk of...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms a Chapter 7 Debtor's Inability to Strip a Lien Against Real Property

Reaffirming its 1992 decision in Dewsnup v. Timm, on June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in Bank of America v. Caulkett, No. 13-1421, once again ruled that a chapter 7 debtor may not void a junior lien under Bankruptcy Code...more

SCOTUS: Debtor Entitled to Chapter 13 Conversion Leftovers

The U.S. Supreme Court has resolved a circuit split by answering the question; what happens to post-petition wages held by a Chapter 13 trustee at the time a case is converted from Chapter 13 to a Chapter 7? In a unanimous...more

Security Agreement: When Drafting You Better Say What You Mean

State Bank of Toulon v. Covey (In re Duckworth), 776 F.3d 453 (7th Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to treat a secured lender as unsecured based on an error in the security agreement. The lender argued that the...more

Third Circuit Approves a Structured Dismissal that Allows Debtor to Skip Payments to Certain Creditors

The Third Circuit recently affirmed a bankruptcy court's approval of a joint settlement and structured dismissal of a chapter 11 case that did not comply with the priority scheme under the Bankruptcy Code by providing payment...more

The Third Circuit Affirms the Denial of Third-Party Releases for Lack of Adequate Disclosure

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the decisions of the District and Bankruptcy Court denying, for reasons of inadequate disclosure, the approval of a third-party release provision in the Chapter 11 plan of...more

The Supremes Tell the Eleventh Circuit: No Lien Stripping

On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling resolving a split amongst circuit courts in which the 11th circuit was the singular minority, addressing the permissibility of “lien-stripping” in...more

Supreme Court Update: Elonis V. United States (13-983), Taylor V. Barkes (14-939) And Bank Of America V. Caulkett (13-1421)

The Court handed down four opinions and a summary reversal to kick off the busiest month of the term. This update will cover Elonis v. United States (13-983), the much anticipated "Facebook threats" case, along with Taylor v....more

Three Recent Supreme Court Rulings Will Impact Lenders and Investors

Three significant opinions issued by the US Supreme Court in the last few months will impact lenders and investors. Bank of America v. Caulkett - In a major win for the nation’s mortgage lenders and...more

When A Parent Files For Bankruptcy Colleges May Forfeit Tuition Payments

While it is hard to imagine that a college or university could be forced to refund tuition paid years ago that enabled Student to receive a college education, this scenario is now playing out with increasing frequency. Many...more

GM Not Obligated to Make $450 Million Contribution to Fund Union Retiree Health Benefits

The Sixth Circuit held that GM was not obligated to contribute $450 million to fund retiree health benefits for UAW members because the most recent contract between the UAW and GM extinguished GM’s former obligation to...more

The Supreme Court Continues Stability In The Secondary Mortgage Market

On Monday, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the principle that junior “underwater” residential mortgage liens can “pass through” a bankruptcy case unaffected. In Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett, the Supreme Court held...more

Wholly Underwater Junior Liens May Not Be Stripped Off in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Proceedings

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that a debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding may not void a junior mortgage lien when the debt owed on a senior mortgage lien exceeds the current value of the collateral, provided that...more

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