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Law Firm “Clawback” Suit Goes to Ninth Circuit

Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali in San Francisco said last week that he will allow a direct appeal to the Ninth Circuit from one of his rulings in the bankruptcy of Howrey LLP, skipping an intermediate appeal to the U.S....more

Credit Bid Rights at 363 Sales: Have the Ground Rules Changed?

The decisions by the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in In re Fisker Auto. Holdings, Inc., and the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Free Lance-Star Publ'g Co., have sparked discussions as...more

To disclose or not to disclose? Litigation privilege on reports commissioned by insolvency practitioners

Key points: - If a document attracts litigation privilege, it does not have to be produced to the other party in litigation as part of the disclosure process. - The material must be confidential, made for the...more

Loan to Own Variation: Bankruptcy May Not Provide The Answers

In re SR Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 506 B.R. 121 (Bankr. S.D. Cal. 2014) – A group of lenders moved to dismiss the debtor’s bankruptcy case on the basis that it was filed in bad faith, or in the alternative asked the...more

BofA Underwater Mortgage Cases Hit Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by Bank of America regarding whether a second mortgage on an underwater property can be voided during Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Both cases involve Florida homeowners who sued to...more

An Appeal of a Bankruptcy Sale Order May Be Moot Regardless of Whether the Seller Actually Had the Authority to Sell the Assets

A pair of recent decisions by the Ninth Circuit in In re Mortgages Ltd. underscore the power of the equitable mootness doctrine and the importance of obtaining stays of bankruptcy court orders to avoid having appeals of the...more

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Holds That Mortgage Was No Longer Enforceable and Borrower Was Entitled to a “Free House”

Action Item: In light of this decision, lenders should ensure that foreclosures in New Jersey are filed within six years of the date of default. Failure to file a foreclosure within six years may cause the action to be barred...more

Section 1113 Applies to Expired Collective Bargaining Agreements

Recently, in the case of In re Trump Entertainment Resorts, Bankruptcy No. 14-12103 (Bankr. D. Del. 2014), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 4439 (Bankr. D. Del. October 20, 2014), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware...more

Alert: Ninth Circuit Expands the Limits of Post-Confirmation Injunctions and Non-Debtor Releases Under A Chapter 11 Plan

For years, it has been the rule in the Ninth Circuit that a chapter 11 plan cannot discharge or otherwise affect the obligation of a non-debtor owed to a third party. This view interprets section 524(e) of the Bankruptcy...more

The Supreme Court Keeps Its “Stern” Promise Not To Change Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

The bankruptcy bench and bar breathed a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court issued Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison (In re Bellingham Insurance Agency, Inc.), No. 12-1200 (June 9, 2014) (“Bellingham”). Its...more

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Decision Protects Rights of Trademark Licensees - "Free and Clear" Sale of a Trademark or Intellectual...

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey issued an opinion in In re Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc., No. 14-24287-MBK that provides significant protections for trademark licensees. The opinion was issued on...more

Blog: Coming to America: Corporate Bankruptcy Tourism

United States Bankruptcy Courts, particularly in New York and Delaware, are already a destination for multinational corporate bankruptcy filings, but a recent study co-authored by Stephen J. Lubben, a Seton Hall Law School...more

Cramdown Hurdles: How to Play the Classification Game (Or Not)

In re New Bride Missionary Baptist Church, 509 B.R. 85 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2014) – After the bankruptcy court denied confirmation of a debtor’s proposed chapter 11 plan of reorganization because there was no accepting...more

Blog: The Trend Of Protecting Trademark Licensees In Bankruptcy Continues: For The First Time A Court Extends Section 365(n)...

The latest example comes in the Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc. Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in New Jersey. On October 31, 2014, Judge Michael B. Kaplan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey rejected a motion by...more

Automatic Stay: What Happens When a Case is Reopened?

U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Brumfiel (In re Brumfiel), 514 B.R. 637 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2014) – After a debtor reopened her chapter 7 bankruptcy case, a lender moved for relief from the automatic stay in order to continue with a...more

Delaware Supreme Court: A Mistakenly Authorized UCC Termination Statement is Effective to Terminate Original UCC Filing

On October 17, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court entered an opinion holding that a UCC-3 termination statement that is authorized by the secured party is effective to terminate the original UCC filing even though the secured...more

Proposed Changes to Proof of Claim Procedure Require Mortgagees to Provide More Information in Less Time

On August 15, 2014, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure published a preliminary draft of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Forms. If...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Rules on Issue of First Impression: Whether The Absolute Priority Rule Is Applicable...

Chief United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Julie A. Manning decided an issue of first impression in this District and the Second Circuit on September 4, 2014 in In re Richard and Stephanie Lucarelli and Lucarelli’s Executive...more

When Things Do Not Go As Planned In A Bankruptcy Sale

Buying distressed assets is big business. Many distressed assets are acquired through the seller’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. In those instances, a buyer will enter into a purchase and sale agreement with the...more

Medical Marijuana: What Happens in Bankruptcy (Not Much)

In re Arenas, 514 B.R. 887 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2014) – The U.S. trustee sought to dismiss “for cause” a chapter 7 case filed by a marijuana grower and his wife. The debtors countered by moving to convert to a chapter 13...more

Bordering on Unlucky – Gift Card Holders May Not File Late Claims

Don’t wait to spend those gift cards sitting in your junk drawer. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held in an October 29, 2014 decision that gift card holders may be out of luck trying to file claims for unused gift cards...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC18975 - Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Drown - SC18975 Concurrence - Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Drown - SC18975 Dissent - Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Drown This started as a medical...more

Will I Have to Go to Court During My Bankruptcy Case?

Filing for bankruptcy is a legal process and while you will likely not have a lot of interaction with the bankruptcy court during your case there are certain court hearings that you must attend and a few others, depending on...more

New Value Does Not Need to Remain Unpaid

In In re Proliance International, Inc., et al., Judge Sontchi of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware held that a preference defendant’s preference exposure is reduced upon application of paid and...more

Cayman Islands Case Notes, October 2014

Caribbean Islands Development Ltd. (in Official Liquidation) v First Caribbean International Bank (Cayman) Limited (unreported) - In a ruling handed down on 8 October 2014, the Cayman Islands Court sent a strong...more

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