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Amendments to Companies Act Aim to Transform Singapore into Debt Restructuring Hub

by Morgan Lewis on

Singapore’s firm trajectory towards becoming an international hub for debt restructuring received a boost with the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 coming into force on 23 May 2017....more

Hospital Sales: No State Approval Required for Non-Operating Debtor

The Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California determined the Attorney General’s approval was not required for the sale of a non-operating, non-profit hospital because the hospital no longer qualified as a...more

Supreme Court Rules Creditors May Pursue Claims for Stale Debt in Bankruptcy

by PretiFlaherty on

With its recent opinion inMidland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, the Supreme Court has put to rest the question of whether or not filing stale claims violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), determining that...more

Construction Liens Filed by Suppliers in New Jersey After Contractor’s Filing of Bankruptcy Petition Are Barred by the Automatic...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In re: Linear Electric Co., Inc., No. 16-1477, 2017 U.S. App. Lexis 5527 (3d Cir., March 30, 2017) - This case concerns whether suppliers, Cooper Electrical Supply Co. and Samson Electrical Supply Co. (“Suppliers”),...more

Balancing Act: Supreme Court Rules That Filing a Proof of Claim for Stale Debt Does Not Violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the filing of a proof of claim in bankruptcy proceedings with respect to time-barred debt is not a “false, deceptive, misleading, unfair, or unconscionable” act within the meaning of the...more

New Wave of Lehman Litigation Appears to Be Imminent

Thousands of mortgage lenders across the country either recently received, or will soon be receiving, this document from Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (LBHI). It is a notice of a motion to approve a proposed settlement of...more

Supreme Court Rejects FDCPA Claim Based on Filing Time-Barred Bankruptcy Claim

by BakerHostetler on

This week, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), holding that a debt collector does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by filing...more

Keeping pace with global trends in debt restructuring: Indonesia must act

by DLA Piper on

In the past year, the global corporate default rate reached its highest level since the 2008 financial crisis, and continues to climb. In response, both Singapore and the European Union are exploring new approaches to debt...more

Third Circuit Widens the Circuit Split on Late-Filed Tax Returns

by PretiFlaherty on

The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has joined the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits in employing a four-part test to determine whether debt associated with a late-filed tax return is dischargeable...more

Section 1111(b) Election Not Available When Collateral Is Sold Post Petition

by Dechert LLP on

The facts in Salamon are straightforward. Salamon (“Buyer”) purchased real property from Behrend (“Seller”) that was already subject to two liens (the “Preexisting Debt”). Instead of paying cash at closing, the Buyer executed...more

SCOTUS Grants Debt Collectors Limited Reprieve

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The United States Supreme Court recently held that the submission of a proof of claim in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case for payment of a time-barred claim did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “Act”)....more

Liability Coverage Policies: Property of the Estate to Which the Automatic Stay Applies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a chapter 7, 11, 12 or 13 case is filed, two key items spring into life. The first is a new entity called the bankruptcy estate which is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in...more

Second Circuit: Reclassification of Claim as Equity Interest? Not Unless It Is Duplicative

The Second Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district courts’ decisions subordinating claims asserted against the Debtor by holders of restricted stock units. However, while the court agreed with the lower courts that the...more

Supreme Court judgment in the long-running Lehman Waterfall litigation

by Dentons on

On 17 May 2017, the UK Supreme Court handed down judgment in proceedings - commonly known as the Waterfall I litigation - to determine claims with regard to the estimated £8 billion surplus arising in the estate of Lehman...more

Success for LBHI2 and LBL in Supreme Court on Lehman Waterfall I

by DLA Piper on

The Supreme Court's decision in Lehman Waterfall I was handed down this morning. DLA Piper represents one of the successful appellants, Lehman Brothers Limited (in administration) (LBL)....more

Bankruptcy Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Does Not Violate FDCPA, SCOTUS Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Filing a proof of claim in a debtor's Chapter 13 bankruptcy case on a debt that is "obviously time barred" does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-3 decision....more

Perfection of security interests when assets move jurisdictions

by DLA Piper on

When a financing statement is registered to perfect a security interest in collateral, it is the responsibility of the secured party to monitor the registration to ensure that a new financing statement is filed if the goods...more

Supreme Court Watch: Debt Collector Filing Bankruptcy Proof of Claim for Time-Barred Debt Avoids FDCPA Liability

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

What does the United States Supreme Court's decision issued earlier this week in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson mean for debt collectors? It means that debt collectors may file proofs of claim in a debtor's bankruptcy on...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Denies Creditors’ Committee Access To Privileged Documents

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In a May 8, 2017 ruling, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied the official committee of unsecured creditors from accessing certain documents withheld from production based on the attorney-client privilege. Despite the purpose...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Debt Collectors Are Not Liable under the FDCPA for Pursuing Time-Barred Claims in Bankruptcy Court

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The U.S. Supreme Court holds that filing a proof of claim on a time-barred debt is not a false or deceptive collection practice within the meaning of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In a 5-3 decision...more

Supreme Court Sides With Balch Lawyers and Finds for Midland Funding, Rejecting FDCPA Lawsuits Based on Bankruptcy Proofs of Claim...

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

This week, the United States Supreme Court issued a key decision under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in a case litigated by Balch & Bingham lawyers, Jason Tompkins and Chase Espy. In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson,...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Challenge Period

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Hong Kong: Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Update

by White & Case LLP on

The Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2016 (the "Amendment Ordinance") came into effect on 13 February 2017 seeking to revamp and modernize the winding-up regime in Hong Kong, but does...more

Re-examining purpose clauses and Quistclose trusts

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In CCM Industrial Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v Chan Pui Yee [2016] SGHC 231 (CCM Industrial), the liquidators of CCM Industrial Pte Ltd (the Company) brought a claim for the recovery of certain payments (the Payments) to the...more

Update On Liquidation Of The Home Insurance Company

by Carlton Fields on

The New Hampshire liquidation court approved the commutation, settlement, and release agreement between The Home Insurance Company (liquidating) and OIC Run-Off Limited (formerly known as The Orion Insurance Company) (OIC)...more

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