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Objecting to the Dischargeability of Debt: How a Creditor May Protect its Debt in Bankruptcy

Imagine that you are an unsecured lender who has learned that a borrower has filed for bankruptcy and has little to no assets available to pay creditors. Is there any way to prevent your debt from being extinguished? This...more

Uniform Voidable Transactions Act Signed Into Law by Iowa Governor

Iowa Code 674 Uniform Fraudulent Conveyance Act amendments were signed by the Iowa Governor on March 31, 2016. A successor to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA), this newly-signed Act is now known as the Uniform...more

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Types of Fraud Which May Bar a Bankruptcy Discharge

The Supreme Court has rewarded creditors and their attorneys with a decision expanding the kinds of “actual fraud” which will prevent the discharge of a bankruptcy debtor. Some lower courts had held that to prevent a...more

Supreme Court Update: Merrill Lynch V. Manning (14-1132), Huskie Int'l Electronics V. Ritz (15-145), Sheriff V. Gillie (15-338)...

It's that time of year! Fresh on the heels of the six decisions handed down Monday, the Court issued another three yesterday, with more to come on the other side of the weekend. This Update will cover the remaining three...more

Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Holds that an Oversecured Creditor Is Entitled to Default Interest After the Petition...

In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC (In re Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC), 547 B.R. 819 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel recently held that an oversecured creditor is...more

Supreme Court Issues Opinions Favorable to Financial Services Companies

May is usually a busy month on the Supreme Court before the justices head off for some summer R&R. It is historically a time when many opinions are issued, and May 2016 has been no exception. ...more

Failure to Observe Bankruptcy Rule Deadline in An Adversary Proceeding Tried in District Court Costs Defendants Opportunity to...

A recent case from the 11th Circuit illustrates the procedural perils of litigation arising from a bankruptcy case but ultimately tried in the district court. In Rosenberg v. DVI Receivables XIV, LLC, the defendants lost...more

Supreme Court Rules Exception to Bankruptcy Discharge for Fraud Claims Extends to Fraudulent Transfer Liability

In a decision rendered on May 16, 2016, in the case of Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the exception to bankruptcy discharge for debts incurred through actual fraud applies to...more

ASARCO’s Revenge: Do Estate Professionals Now Have to Charge the Same Fees to an Estate or Committee that They Would Charge a...

Either from our prior posts, or from the great posts from Stone and Baxter’s Plan Proponent blog or from Bracewell’s Basis Points blog, we all know the Supreme Court’s holding in ASARCO: a strict interpretation of Section...more

Supreme Court Decides Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz (No. 15-145), holding that the term “actual fraud” in § 523(a)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code (one of the discharge exceptions)...more

An Opportunity for Creditors to Enforce Prospective Waivers of the Automatic Stay

A recent ruling of the Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California endorsed a path toward enforceability of prospective waivers of the automatic stay in certain circumstances. In short, such a waiver approved in a...more

Delaware Superior Court Clarifies When The Duty Of Acting In Good Faith Applies To Enforcement Of A Guarantee

This is a novel decision because it deals with when a guarantor can defend against enforcement of his guarantee by claiming the company whose obligations he guaranteed was wrongly put out of business by the plaintiff who is...more

Layoffs Without WARN-ing: How to Use the Unforeseeable Business Circumstance Exception

A recent federal trial court decision out of Delaware, In re AE Liquidation, Inc. v. Burtch, No. 14-1492-LPS (D. Del. Mar. 31, 2016), illustrates how, even in the context of a very troubled business, the Worker Adjustment and...more

Preference Defendants, Rejoice! Services Billed in a Lump Sum Can Be Allocated Per Diem, for Your New Value Defense

Preference actions are, for the most part, insanity. We won’t go on a tirade here. But recently, a ruling brings common sense to the “new value” defense....more

7th Circuit Disrupts Commercial Certainty in Lease Terminations; Landlords, We Hate That You Have to Read this Blog Post

There are many tenants that are, shall we say, “problem children.” They pay late, open late, breach, junk up your strip or building, threaten, the works. Sometimes, the landlord finds it easier just to reach a lease...more

Court Of Chancery Dismisses Derivative Complaint for Want Of Factual Support

This is an interesting decision because it illustrates what many do not understand - a complaint has to have some actual facts to support its claims, not just inferences. ...more

Delaware Preference Update: New Value, Pre Judgement Interest and Early Payment Ordinary Course Defenses

In a recent opinion dated March 29, 2016, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court on remand from, and following the direction of, the Delaware District Court, ruled that only prepetition unpaid invoices may be counted for purposes of...more

“The ABC’S of ACB’S” – Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy Court

You’ve decided that your business will fare better if you put a mandatory arbitration clause into all of your contracts. You want to be fair to your counterparty, so you choose to arbitrate under the Federal Arbitration Act....more

Ninth Circuit: Affordable Housing Restrictions Do Not Limit Value of Secured Claim in Bankruptcy Cram Down

In In re Sunnyslope Housing Ltd. Partnership, No. 12-17241, 2016 WL 1392318 (9th Cir. Apr. 8, 2016), a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit held that affordable housing restrictive covenants should not affect the valuation of a...more

Sun Capital Decision Implicates Private Company Investing

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (the District Court) delivered a controversial opinion in Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund...more

Sun Capital Court Finds that Common Industry Practices Exposed PE Funds to Pension Plan Liabilities

A group of related private equity (“PE”) funds were found liable for a bankrupt portfolio company’s pension plan debts in the latest and most worrisome decision in the long-running Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England...more

Purely “Compensatory” Debts Owed by Attorneys to Clients (Which Are Not Disciplinary or Punitive Fees Imposed by the State Bar)...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Scheer v. The State Bar of California (4/14/16 – Case no. 2:14-cv-04829-JFW) reversed the district court’s affirmance of the bankruptcy court’s decision that a...more

Hinshaw Thwarts Consumer's Attempt to Expand the Definition "Debt Collector" under FDCPA

Seo v. Education Credit Management Corporation, Case No. 1:15-cv-03703, 2016 WL 521065 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 9, 2016) - Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP lawyers convinced a district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois to...more

Illinois Bankruptcy Court Nullifies Lender's Right To Block Debtor's Bankruptcy Filing

Often, as part of a forbearance agreement, a lender will obtain a provision requiring its consent to any subsequently filed bankruptcy; the theory being that if the business debtor subsequently defaults under its restructured...more

Ninth Circuit Rulings on Equitable Mootness in Transwest and Sunnyslope Impact Third Party Investors

The doctrine of equitable mootness provides that Chapter 11 reorganization plans will be deemed moot, and therefore not subject to appellate review, if a plan has been substantially consummated and granting appellate relief...more

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