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Absolute Priority Remains Absolute – US Supreme Court Holds Structured Dismissals Cannot Violate Priority Rules

In a highly anticipated bankruptcy opinion, the United States Supreme Court, in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., held that courts may not approve structured dismissals providing for distributions that deviate from the...more

Supreme Court Completely Endorses Critical Vendor Theory! Well, Not Completely. But Almost!

We at the Bankruptcy Cave are not very surprised by the ruling yesterday in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. The Supreme Court in Jevic reviewed a Bankruptcy Court’s decision to approve a settlement (with a distribution of...more

Jevic - The Supreme Court Puts the "Dis" in Structured Dismissals

In a much anticipated decision issued on March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court determined in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. (“Jevic”) that a “structured dismissal” of a bankruptcy case cannot include a...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., No. 15-649: Respondent Jevic Transportation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This spawned two lawsuits. ...more

Tenth Circuit Joins Missouri River to Divide Kansas City Over What Constitutes A Stay Violation

On February 27, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit joined a minority approach followed by District of Columbia Circuit: failing to turn over property after demand is not a violation of the...more

Supreme Court Narrows Use of Structured Dismissals

On March 22, 2017, in a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit and held that distributions made pursuant to a structured dismissal must follow the Bankruptcy Code’s priority rules unless the...more

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Truck Drivers In Challenge To Structured Dismissals in Bankruptcy

We previously wrote about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a group of truck drivers’ challenge to the dismissal of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case that was designed to avoid paying the drivers’ claims. Today, the U.S....more

Secondary Market Transaction Results in U.S. Court Jurisdiction Over Foreign Lender

Foreign financial institutions that trade dollar-denominated securities on the secondary market may not appreciate that they could be forced to defend an action arising from such a transaction in a U.S. court. That is what...more

Courts Continue Trend of Recognizing Tribal Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Court) issued a decision on Feb. 28, 2017, that has important – and positive – significance for Native American tribal governments, their...more

Judicial Foreclosure Sales are Immune to Preference Challenges

The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has recently held that a pre-petition foreclosure of a debtor’s real property, conducted in accordance with state law, is not subject to attack as a preference...more

Driver’s License Please – Article 9 Style

If you are loaning money in Pennsylvania on a secured basis you must use the name of your individual debtor as stated on his/her driver’s license for your financing statement. 13 Pa.C.S.A. § 9503(a)(4). Secured lenders...more

Creditor-Friendly Changes to North Carolina’s Accord and Satisfaction Law

A creditor can now reinstate a disputed debt that has been inadvertently discharged. The North Carolina Legislature recently amended its accord and satisfaction law to include creditor-friendly revisions that make it...more

Circulating security interests and competing priorities

The recent Federal Court decision (on 1 March 2017) in Langdon, in the matter of Forge Group Limited (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (in Liq) [2017] FCA 170 considered the situation where a sizeable, unexpected tax refund...more

A Hypothetical Question Deserves a Hypothetical Answer: The Ninth Circuit’s Approach to Preference Transfers in In re Tenderloin...

As a creditor, the news of a debtor who owes you a substantial sum of money filing bankruptcy is often the most alarming news you can learn—that is, until you seek advice of counsel and learn that payments the debtor made to...more

Reform of German clawback law

The German Parliament passed an act to reduce the risk of clawback actions and provide more legal certainty in this regard under German law, the so called "Act for the Improvement of Legal Certainty concerning Clawback...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Issues Important Guidelines Concerning Payment of Indenture Trustee's Professional Fees

In Nortel Networks, Inc., Case No. 09-0138(KG), Doc. No. 18001 (March 8, 2017), the Delaware Bankruptcy Court ruled on the objections of two noteholders who asked the Court to disallow more than $4.4 million of the $8.1...more

Supreme Court defended secured creditor stating that premises in insolvency management shall be treated as being part of the...

In Russian insolvency procedures, it is quite common for third parties to try to exclude property from a debtor’s insolvent estate (konkursnaya massa) by claiming title to its real property in the absence of the registered...more

Recent SDNY decision protects and clarifies investment banker compensation in bankrupcy

Recently in the Relativity Media Chapter 11 case in the Southern District of New York, Bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Wiles definitively shot down challenges brought by the fee examiner Robert Keach and Relativity Secured Lender...more

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Reminds Us to “Get the Note” or File a Financing Statement

In a recent opinion, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon reminds all finance lawyers (and participants trying to document a finance transaction without legal assistance) that recording an “assignment” of a...more

Court Finds That There Is A Fact Issue On Whether Corporate Shareholder And Officer Breached Fiduciary Duties To Creditors

In Tow v. Wellington Yu, a bankruptcy trustee sued a corporation’s shareholder and officer for breaching fiduciary duties by entering into a settlement agreement that required the sale of real estate where the defendant would...more

The Italian State Steps In: Government Guarantees and Precautionary Recapitalizations of Italian Banks

The Italian government has taken important steps to stabilize troubled Italian banks by approving Law Decree No. 237/2016 (the "Law Decree"). The Law Decree authorizes the Italian government to support Italian banks...more

Certain Companies that May be Subject to FDIC Orderly Liquidation Authority under Dodd-Frank are Now Subject to Qualified...

Companies that the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) believes may be subject to FDIC receivership under the Orderly Liquidation Authority contained in Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act, and certain of their...more

Fourth Circuit Hands Victory to Lenders in Chapter 13 Mortgage Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit—which covers federal courts in North Carolina—recently handed a victory to residential real estate lenders dealing with borrowers who file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy...more

Equitable or Equity Committees: Lessons from Recent Cases

The second half of 2016 saw a surge in the number of requests to form official equity committees, especially in commodity-related restructurings. This most recent restructuring cycle began in August 2015 and remains active....more

Committees: Can the U.S. Trustee Disband What the U.S. Trustee Forms?

Sometimes the smallest bankruptcy cases give rise to the most interesting legal questions. One such case was that of ScripsAmerica, Inc., which gave rise to the question of whether the Office of the United States Trustee...more

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