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

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

Builders' lien trusts in a bankruptcy - Iona Contractors Ltd v Guarantee Company of North America, 2015 ABCA 240

In 2009, the Calgary Airport Authority (CAA) entered into a construction agreement with Iona Contractors Ltd. for Iona to improve CAA’s north airfield. By October 2010, the work was substantially complete; however CAA...more

Directors, Officers and Other Responsible Persons Be Aware - Your Vicarious Liability for Your Company’s Violations of Securities...

A debtor ordinarily may discharge debts in bankruptcy, unless one of several exceptions apply. One of the preclusions to dischargeability of certain debts, found in Section 523(a)(19) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, generally...more

The Precarious Nature of Trust Assets at Home and Abroad

In Akers (and others) v. Samba Financial Group [2007] UKSC 6, the UK Supreme Court has confirmed the limited nature of British insolvency officer-holders’ ability to void dispositions of a company’s assets held on trust. The...more

The Problem of Lender "Inquiry Notice" Status

If a lender is fully secured, can it just ignore suspicions of borrower misconduct? The danger is that a lender could lose its collateral under these circumstances and be treated as an unsecured creditor. This is exactly...more

Delaying a Bankruptcy for Shareholder Benefit May Benefit the Creditors After All

Equity holders and sponsors be wary - a new arrow may now be available in the quiver of potential causes of action that creditors and trustees can use to maximize their recovery in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In a recent...more

Lenders to SPEs: Be Aware, You May Not Have Standing to Appeal a Substantive Consolidation Order

A substantive non-consolidation opinion is a common feature of structured finance transactions in the U.S. Most, if not all, opine as to what a bankruptcy court would do, but express no opinion on the appellate process. We...more

What Are Fiduciary Duties Between Members In An Arizona LLC?

A few years I wrote an article named Are There Fiduciary Duties between Members in an Arizona LLC? At the time, there were no published decisions in Arizona on this issue. However, a bankruptcy judge had dismissed my...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2016

Massachusetts recently amended its pay equity statute, which substantially enforces the protections of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. These changes will go into effect in July 2018. The prohibitions against discriminating...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Default Judgment Is Not Automatic Following Entry Of Default

On May 12, 2016, the Honorable Julie A. Manning issued a decision in an adversary proceeding entitled Law Office of W. Martyn Philpot, Jr., LLC v. Day, which addressed two issues. The first issue was whether the plaintiff was...more

Supreme Court’s discharge exception ruling gives creditors more options

One goal of bankruptcy for individuals is the discharge of debts, meaning that, upon the successful completion of their bankruptcy case, the debtor is no longer personally responsible for the obligations owed prior to the...more

District Court Rules Pending False Claims Act Case Should Not Be Stayed Due to Bankruptcy Proceedings

On April 26, 2015, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida declined to stay a pending False Claims Act (FCA) case due to the defendants’ filing of bankruptcy....more

Directors And Officers’ Ultimate Escape From Personal Liability

In the Ultimate Escapes bankruptcy case, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware recently held that the “business judgment rule” may protect fiduciaries who negotiate and enter into unconventional financing...more

Affirmed: New York’s Application of the In Pari Delicto Doctrine Bars Faithless Servant Claim and Bankruptcy Insider Exception

A recent decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “District Court”), affirming a decision of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the...more

"Bankruptcy Court Tightens Intentional Fraudulent Transfer Pleading Requirements"

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed intentional fraudulent transfer claims asserted by a bankruptcy litigation trustee against former shareholders of Lyondell...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Two recent court decisions may result in a broadening of the range of options available to an equity sponsor in respect of an insolvent portfolio company. The first decision may provide increased flexibility in structuring...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Q& A on Application of the AIFMD - On December 2, 2015 the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated Question and Answer document in relation to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

Quadrant Structured Prods. Co. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL (Del. Ch. Oct. 20, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision, the Court of Chancery held that a company’s repurchase of senior notes from an insider approximately six months after returning to solvency did not violate the express or implied terms of the...more

Clear Contractual Terms Prevail Over Equitable Principles in Bankruptcy Cases (Again)

Bankruptcy courts in the U.S. are widely viewed as favorable fora for debtors, trustees and creditors’ committees to pursue creative and difficult causes of actions against deep-pockets lenders and others in an attempt to...more

Justice Friedman Allows Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim to Proceed Against Corporate Directors Under Delaware Law

In AP Services, LLP v. Lobell et. al, No. 651613/2012, 2015 NY Slip Op 31115(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 19, 2015) (argued Feb. 21, 2014), Justice Friedman, applying Delaware Law, denied a motion to dismiss plaintiff AP Services,...more

CMS Investment Holdings, LLC v. Castle et al., C.A. No. 9468–VCP (Del. Ch. June 23, 2015) (Parsons, VC)

In this decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery largely declined to dismiss claims for breach of a limited liability company agreement, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, breach...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Claims Available To LLC Members

This is an interesting decision because it explains what direct claims are available to investors in an LLC. That is not always an easy question to answer. After all, some claims (including those involved in this case)...more

The Monetary Risks of Filing an Involuntary Bankruptcy Petition

The Bankruptcy Code offers several advantages for the creditors of financially distressed individuals and corporations, including federal court supervision of a possibly untrustworthy debtor and mitigation of the risk of...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Jockeys Nearing Finishing Line in 25-Year Civil and Bankruptcy Litigation with their Former Business Managers

Hall of fame horse racing jockeys Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Chris McCarron first sued their former business managers, Vincent and Robert Andrews, in California District Court in 1989 for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds that Creditor Plaintiffs in Derivative Suits May Satisfy Standing Requirement by Showing...

In Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL, 2015 WL 2062115 (Del. Ch. May 4, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a creditor plaintiff needs only establish that a corporation was...more

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