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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

Blog: Should Attorneys Be Paid for Litigating Their Fee Requests? Supreme Court to Decide if Fee Defense Is a ‘Cost of Doing...

In a decision that will have profound implications for insolvency professionals of all types, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that Section 330 of the U.S....more

Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Contemporaneous Ownership Requirement For Creditors Asserting Derivative Claims

In Quadrant Structured Products Co. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL, 2014 Del. Ch. LEXIS 193 (Del. Ch. Oct. 1, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that when creditors of insolvent firms assert derivative claims, they need...more

Bankruptcy by the Developer/Owner: Mechanics Lien Rights May Still Prevail!

The rate of bankruptcies among construction industry participants is higher than some think. The bankruptcy of a developer creates an “automatic stay” under federal law preventing almost all collection activities, including...more

Employees Face Uphill Battle in Holding Private Equity Firms Accountable under WARN Act

The United States District Court in Delaware recently issued a welcome decision for private equity firms whose portfolio companies run afoul of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”). In In re...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rules Mistakenly Filed UCC Termination Statement Is Effective in $1.5 Billion Secured Loan Transaction

Lenders need to exercise great caution when filing a UCC-3 termination statement. They must make sure that the list of security interests terminated is accurate and that the statement does not mistakenly include other,...more

Tax Litigation Update: Ninth Circuit Decision Provides Significant Support for Taxpayers Seeking to Discharge Tax Debt in...

On September 15, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark decision strongly favoring debtors seeking to discharge tax debt in bankruptcy. The case, Hawkins v. Franchise Tax Board...more

Another Bankruptcy Proofing Strategy Bites the Dust, or Does It?

In an effort to minimize the risk of loss in connection with a loan default, lenders often employ creative means to make it difficult, if not impossible, for a borrower to file bankruptcy....more

Stay Relief: What Happens to “Unreasonable” Fees?

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. 804 Congress, L.L.C. (In re 804 Congress, L.L.C.), 756 F.3d 358 (5th Cir. 2014) – After an oversecured creditor obtained relief from the automatic stay and foreclosed on some property, the...more

Second Circuit Fails to See the Comity in Chapter 15

In Krys v. Farnum Place, the Second Circuit ruled that, in a Chapter 15 ancillary proceeding, a SIPA claim is within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and its sale by the Foreign Representative must be...more

When Your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy

The case is Branch Banking & Trust Co. v. Construction Supervision Services Inc. (In re Construction Supervision Services Inc.), 753 F.3d 124 (4th Cir. 2014). After a general contractor filed bankruptcy, several of its...more

Blog: California Bankruptcy Judge Rules that State Law Does Not Protect Pension Fund from Municipal Bankruptcies

On October 1, a bankruptcy judge ruled that the pension agreement between Stockton, California and Calpers, California’s massive state-run pension fund for public employees, is an executory contract that can be rejected in...more

Bankruptcy Bleak House—The Limited Ability of Bankruptcy Courts to Enter Final Judgments

In Stern V. Marshall, ____ U.S ___, 131 S. Ct. 2594 (2011), the Supreme Court held that bankruptcy courts cannot issue final judgments on state law counterclaims even though they are “core proceeding”. Stern V. Marshall is...more

California District Court Finds Bankrupt Named Plaintiffs Not Adequate Representatives

Anyone questioning whether the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), has had an impact need look no further than the decision in Alakozai v. Chase Investment Services Corp., Case...more

Recent Decision Creates Split in Middle District Regarding Whether 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) Applies to Cases Converted to Chapter 7

In the last 2 years, three judges of the Middle District of Florida (Judges Funk, Delano and Williamson) have each issued opinions finding 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) inapplicable in cases converted from a Chapter 13 to a Chapter...more

Supreme Court’s Denial of Certiorari Strengthens Intellectual Property Licensees’ Protections in Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code provides mechanisms for dealing with cases of cross-border insolvency. On Oct. 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jaffé v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., denied review of a decision of the...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2014

In this issue: - Judge Says That Stockton, California Can Cut Pension Obligations - Third-Party Releases – Better Make Sure They Are Adequately Disclosed - Lawyers Who Sign Proofs of Claims for Clients...more

Statute of Limitations for Submitting a Claim Against CIGA

Statute of Limitations for Submitting a Claim Against CIGA - Court Of Appeal, First Appellate District (September 17, 2014) - The California Insurance Guarantee Association (“CIGA”) has a statutory duty to pay...more

Third-Party Protections In Mass Tort Chapter 11 Cases

A defendant facing thousands of mass tort lawsuits in federal and state courts throughout the country often will seek to address the litigation by seeking Chapter 11 relief under the Bankruptcy Code. The Chapter 11 process...more

Blog: When Are Goods “Received” By The Debtor? Establishing International Suppliers’ Entitlement To 503(B)(9) Administrative...

Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code provides creditors with an administrative expense priority claim for value of goods that were received by the debtor in the ordinary course within the 20 days prior to the bankruptcy...more

Strong Arm Powers: What Can Be Done With An Avoided Lien?

DeGiacomo v. Traverse (In re Traverse), 753 F.3d 19 (1st Cir. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid an unrecorded first mortgage and to preserve the lien for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. In response, the...more

Subcontractors Can Still Perfect Mechanic’s Liens After Prime Contractors File Bankruptcy

One of the most common and effective ways for a subcontractor to secure a payment claim is to file a lien. Assuming any applicable, pre-lien notice requirements are satisfied, an unpaid subcontractor can lien a private...more

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