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Delaware Court Holds that Trademark License Cannot be Assigned Without Consent

The Delaware bankruptcy court recently decided that a debtor could not assign a trademark license absent the consent of the licensor. The court concluded that federal trademark law and the terms of the license precluded...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Confirmation Of Arbitral Award In LLC Dissolution Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The Tenth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s confirmation of an arbitration award in a dispute regarding the dissolution of Knowledge Strategy Solutions, LLC (“KSS”). KSS was a partnership between the professional...more

United States Supreme Court to Decide Whether Recharacterization of Debt Should Be Decided by State or Federal Law

On June 27, 2017, the United States Supreme Court granted the petition for writ of certiorari regarding the decision In re Province Grande Olde Liberty, LLC, 655 Fed.Appx. 971 (4th Cir. Aug. 12, 2016) to decide a circuit...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Per Se Rule Automatically Mooting Sale Appeals in the Absence of a Stay

by Jones Day on

Debtors beware: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently expanded the ability of parties to appeal a bankruptcy court's approval of a sale of assets notwithstanding the statutory mootness rule set forth in section...more

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

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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

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 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

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

Landlords Who Violate Bankruptcy Stay May be Ordered to Pay Emotional Distress Damages and Punitive Damages

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Landlords should use caution in attempts to take possession of leased space once a tenant files bankruptcy. Recently, in Lansaw v. Zokaites, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an order of the Bankruptcy Court for the...more

Group proceedings settlement update: Court of Appeal upholds binding nature of settlement on group members

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In Pekell, the Court of Appeal has provided welcome clarity around the effect of settlements in group proceedings, which should provide comfort to group proceeding defendants and their insurers. Importantly, the case affirms...more

Bankruptcy Court Imposes Massively Disproportionate $45 Million Punitive Exaction, Then Plays Santa Claus With $40 Million Of It

A bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of California recently issued a decision that is sure to raise appellate eyebrows. Concluding in In re Sundquist that the defendant bank had violated the automatic stay by...more

The Difference Between Bankruptcy & Receivership Payment of Legal Fees to Defend Fee Applications

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

QUESTION: I was appointed receiver for an apartment building. I operated the property for six months, then the defendant filed bankruptcy. ...more

Caveat creditor: Risks of filing an involuntary bankruptcy

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When faced with a recalcitrant debtor, clients sometimes move too quickly to put the debtor into an involuntary bankruptcy, especially when fraudulent transfers and other creditor avoidance attempts become apparent. But...more

Can a Creditor’s Inaction Violate the Automatic Stay?

The filing of a bankruptcy case puts in place an automatic injunction, or stay, that halts most actions by creditors against a debtor. But can a creditor violate the automatic stay by not acting? The Tenth Circuit recently...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty (and Related) Claims Are Not Easily Defeated: A Case Study in Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Just what must be alleged for claims for breach of fiduciary duty to proceed past initial pleadings and into meaningful fact development? In a recent decision, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of...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

Case Dismissed! Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect Your $1 Million

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Following dismissal of a bankruptcy case, what is the bankruptcy court’s authority to enforce an award for attorneys’ fees? While you might think that the bankruptcy court retains authority to enforce its own orders, a recent...more

Does “Act” Mean Also a Failure to Act?

by Dechert LLP on

No, says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in In re Cowen, adopting the minority rule and parting ways with four other Courts of Appeals. The automatic stay provision of the Bankruptcy Code addressed in Cowen...more

Paid Rejection: Bankruptcy Court Allows Professional Fees Despite Trustee’s Flawed Strategy

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Can a bankruptcy court deny fees requested by a professional simply because her client chose a poor strategy? The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho recently rejected such a notion, holding that an accounting...more

Court Rejects Lender’s Objection to Payment of Debtor’s Counsel’s Fees and Expenses from Pre-Petition Retainer

by Burr & Forman on

In a decision rendered on December 30, 2016, the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Court”) addressed the debtor’s counsel’s interim application for an award of fees and expenses for services rendered...more

Recent Cases Restrict Issuers' Ability to Avoid Paying Premiums

by White & Case LLP on

Indentures governing high yield and investment grade notes typically provide for a make-whole or other premium to be paid if the issuer redeems the underlying notes prior to maturity. The premiums are intended to compensate...more

How to enforce adjudication decisions and deal with insolvency

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Adjudications on the increase - Anecdotal evidence suggests that adjudications are still on the increase. This increase is supported by the statistics in the Adjudication Society's 15th report, which shows a 5 per cent...more

Seeking Punitive Damages Can Expand Scope of Discovery

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As litigators are well aware, a lawsuit frequently begins and ends with discovery. Complaints must be carefully worded and allegations carefully chosen in order to maximize success in developing a record and in exploring...more

PACA Liens: A New Cloud on Title?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) was passed by Congress in 1930 to protect agricultural produce suppliers from unscrupulous vendors who refused to pay the suppliers for their goods. PACA contains language...more

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