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The U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Procedure for Unconstitutional “Core” Matters Under Stern v. Marshall in Executive Benefits...

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Stern v. Marshall, 131 S.Ct. 2594. In Stern, the Court was faced with the question of whether the Bankruptcy Court had statutory and Constitutional authority to decide a counterclaim...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction but Leaves Some Questions Unanswered in Executive Benefits Insurance...

The Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely followed case of Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, Chapter 7 Trustee of Estate of Bellingham Insurance Agency, Inc., 573 U.S. ___ (2014) (Bellingham) this...more

Supreme Court Upholds Limited Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction Over Defendants in Fraudulent Transfer Actions; Leaves an Open Door to...

On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, a case that tested the extent of the jurisdiction of bankruptcy court judges to decide fraudulent transfer and certain...more

Supreme Court Decides Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison

In Executive Benefits Ins. Agency v. Arkison, No. 12-1200, the Supreme Court ruled that when Article III does not permit a bankruptcy court to enter final judgment on a core bankruptcy claim, the bankruptcy court may issue...more

Stanwich Clarifies Wagoner Rule in Fraudulent Transfer Cases

In the Second U.S. Circuit, the so-called Wagoner rule deprives a trustee of standing to sue third parties, such as lawyers and investment bankers, if the bankrupt corporation participated with them in defrauding creditors. A...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Judge Might Lose Grip on the Case  [Video]

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The possibility that the most significant decisions affecting Detroit will not be made in bankruptcy court elevates the motor city to the "Case of the Week" status on the bankruptcy video with...more

Rogers Towers: Discharge and the Unscheduled Debt Part II: Punitive Effects of Intentional Non-Disclosure

In our previous post we discussed the due process requirements that underpin a debtor’s bankruptcy discharge. We noted that a debtor’s failure to schedule an actual or potential claim may prejudice the debtor’s ability to...more

Securities Class Representative Cannot Object to Bankruptcy Release on Behalf of Class

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed an order rejecting an objection to the confirmation of a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization for Dynegy, Inc. and Dynegy Holdings, LLC (together, Dynegy) for...more

Rogers Towers: The Right to Trial by Jury in Fraudulent Transfer Actions in Bankruptcy

Suppose you have been sued by the bankruptcy trustee for an alleged fraudulent transfer or a preferential payment. Who decides the case—the bankruptcy judge or a jury? This post explores the circumstances in which parties to...more

Appointing An Examiner is not a Simple Task

Three cases provide examples of situations in which the courts considered an outside overseer. Allegations of impropriety by a bankrupt company's management can fuel heated litigation in bankruptcy cases — including...more

Stern v. Marshall Updates – DC Bankruptcy Court Has Jurisdiction to Hear State Law Counterclaims

In GB Herndon, the District of Columbia Bankruptcy Court determined that it had constitutional authority to determine state common law counterclaims and state law claims against nondebtor codefendants. Adams Nat’l Bank v. GB...more

Lenders Beware: Delaware Supreme Court Holds Creditors of Insolvent LLC Lack Derivative Standing

The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that creditors lack standing to bring a derivative suit on behalf of an insolvent Delaware limited liability company (an “LLC”) under the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the...more

Not all Bankruptcy “Core” Proceedings are Created Equal: A Limitation on State Law Lender Liability Claims in Bankruptcy Court...

The scenario has become all too familiar in recent years: a borrower defaults on a loan and, when the lender pursues the loan collateral through foreclosure or other proceedings, the borrower files for bankruptcy protection....more

Supreme Court: Bankruptcy Courts Cannot Decide Debtors’ State Law Counterclaims

In a decision that may have significant practical implications to the practice of bankruptcy law, the U.S. Supreme Court recently declared, on constitutional grounds, that a bankruptcy court cannot exercise jurisdiction over...more

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