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Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split on Scope of 546(e)’s Safe Harbor Provision

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced that it will review the scope of Bankruptcy Code section 546(e)’s safe harbor provision. Section 546(e) protects from avoidance those transfers that are made “by or to (or for...more

FAQ: Recent Developments in US Law Affecting Pension and OPEB Claims in Restructurings (2017)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

From theory to practice, planning to enforcement, the answers to 42 of the most frequently asked questions can help you prepare, cope or respond to a restructuring. This Client Alert answers some of the most frequently asked...more

Court Holds That Shareholders In Closely Held Business Do Not Owe Each Other Fiduciary Duties

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In In re Fritz, a bankruptcy court determined whether an exception to dischargeability was present. No. 15-347950BJH, 2017 Bankr. LEXIS 930 (N.D. Tex. Bankr. April 3, 2017)....more

District Court Takes on the Intersection of Bankruptcy and the FDCPA

A New York District Court recently tackled the intersection between bankruptcy and pre-petition FDCPA claims and the application of judicial estoppel to undisclosed claims. In December 2013, Jeziorowski filed a complaint...more

In re Lutz – A Value’d Decision Under Section 363(f)(3)

The Bottom Line - The Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey denied the Debtors’ request for approval of a sale of property free and clear of liens encumbering the property. The court determined that the term...more

ERISA Benefits and a Claimant’s Bankruptcy: When Judicial Estoppel Requires Dismissal of Lawsuits Seeking Long Term Disability...

Don’t forget that... judicial estoppel can require dismissal of a claimant’s suit for ERISA-governed long term disability (LTD) benefits if the claimant failed to list the “potential cause of action” in bankruptcy filings....more

Who Knew? An Absolute Assignment of Rents Can Be Absolute

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Sixth Circuit Determines that an Absolute Assignment of Rents Perfected Under Michigan State Law Takes Property out of a Bankruptcy Estate (In Re Town Center Flats, LLC, Case No. 16-1812 — Decided May 2, 2017)....more

Bankruptcy Settlements Post-Jevic: Potential New Requirements for Priority-Altering Settlements

As noted in a recent Distressing Matters post, the United States Supreme Court in In re Jevic Holding Corp. held that debtors cannot use structured dismissals to make payments to creditors in violation of ordinary bankruptcy...more

Puerto Rico Files for Bankruptcy: New York Judge to Hear Case

On May 3, 2017, the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico filed a voluntary petition for relief on behalf of Puerto Rico in federal court there. The filing required the Chief Justice of the United States...more

Everything Must Go: Retail Chapter 11 Filings

The global retail sector is struggling. Throughout the world, previously successful and storied retailers and brands are facing increasing pressure from the “online” retailers. Originally published in the Spring 2017...more

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities in Commercial Tenant Bankruptcies

Landlords beware: You may not be able to rely on all the remedies found in your lease if your tenant files bankruptcy. For example, the bankruptcy section of your lease may provide that the tenant filing a bankruptcy petition...more

From a doodle to the Grand Bargain

by JAMS on

How the bankruptcy in Detroit was resolved through mediation - Judge Rhodes: Detroit’s problems were well known long before it filed bankruptcy in July 2013. Because it was insolvent, its municipal services were inadequate...more

Upside Down in Chapter 15

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Most lawyers familiar with chapter 15 cross-border insolvency proceedings might assume that “foreign” debtors in chapter 15 cases must be foreign entities — that is, entities not organized under the laws of U.S. states. For...more

Chapter 15 and Cross-Border Insolvency

One by-product of the “globalization” of business is the homogenization of business practices. Businesses naturally seek and promote an environment and “rules” that are predictable, which allow for effective risk management....more

Kmart Bankruptcy, Part Deux

It’s no secret that Kmart is facing another liquidity crisis. Just over ten years after Sears rescued the discount retailer from bankruptcy in 2006, the pioneer of the “blue light special” is destined for another, and...more

Assigned Rents Not Bankruptcy Estate Property After Assignment is Enforced

by Miller Canfield on

On May 2, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals clarified whether a bankruptcy debtor retains any property rights in rents after defaulting on a loan that includes an assignment of rents. The case, Town Center Flats,...more

District Court Upholds Bankruptcy Court’s Ruling on Rejection of Gathering Agreements

by King & Spalding on

On March 10, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the“Court”) affirmed on appeal a bankruptcy court’s prior decision in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. that permitted a debtor to reject a...more

Can I keep my house and car if I file bankruptcy?

by Malcolm Ruthven on

Can you can keep your house and car if you file bankruptcy? The short answer is usually "Yes", if you keep making the payments. Let's look at the longer answer....more

Debt Dialogue: April 2017 - Creditor Barred from Bringing a Derivative Action Against an Insolvent Delaware Limited Liability...

In a recent ruling, Trusa v. Nepo (Del. Ch. April 13, 2017), consistent with prior case law, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Chancery Court held that a creditor cannot bring a derivative action against a...more

New Bankruptcy Rules to Take Effect December 1, 2017

After several years of drafting, debate, compromise and fine tuning, it appears that major changes to the administration of consumer bankruptcy cases are imminent. On April 27, 2017, Chief Justice John Roberts submitted to...more

If At First You Don’t Succeed - Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Waiver of Confirmation After Prior Confirmation Action Denied

On April 17, 2017, the Supreme Court of Georgia found that defendant guarantors had waived the statutory protections under the Georgia foreclosure confirmation statute, and the lender could pursue a deficiency judgment...more

Anticipated Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules Require Changes to Claims Filing Procedures

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The US Supreme Court recently authorized a number of significant changes to the procedural rules applicable to bankruptcy proceedings. Absent Congressional intervention, which appears unlikely, the new rules will take effect...more

Putting PROMESA to the Test: Puerto Rico Files for Protection Under Title III of PROMESA

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On May 3, 2017, the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (the “Oversight Board”), on behalf of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (“Puerto Rico”), filed a petition for relief under Title III of the Puerto...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Process for Enforcement of Nondomestic Arbitral Awards Against Alter Egos of Award Debtor

In a recent pair of opinions, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit clarified that the procedure for enforcing a nondomestic arbitration award does not require a separate “confirmation” step. CBF Indústria...more

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Scope of Section 546(e)'s Safe Harbor

by Jones Day on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting, No. 16-784, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals from the Seventh Circuit. The Court's decision could resolve a circuit split...more

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