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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

NY Bankruptcy Court Trumps Insurers Seeking to Compel Arbitration

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently held a group of insurers in contempt for violating a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) aimed at preventing the insurers from using a Bermuda...more

Mission Accomplished … First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Acknowledges Post-Rejection Rights of Licensee of Trademarks

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the First Circuit recently upheld a licensee’s rights to use a debtor’s trademarks and logo after a rejection by the debtor of the underlying licensing and distribution agreement....more

Appeals Court Overturns Marblegate, Citing Analysis by Shearman & Sterling Partner

The law on debt restructurings and liability management is back to where it was. Yesterday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the controversial District Court decisions in the Marblegate-Education Management...more

A Secured Lender Must Receive Default Interest Under a Chapter 11 Plan Purporting to Cure a Defaulted Loan in the Ninth Circuit

A recent Ninth Circuit decision overturned earlier case law allowing debtors to avoid paying default interest when a defaulted loan was "cured" through a confirmed plan of reorganization. In Pacifica L 51 LLC v. New...more

The Intersection of Bankruptcy, Debt Collection and the Supreme Court

For years the interplay between the Bankruptcy Code and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) has vexed creditors and courts alike, leading to a split among the circuits as to whether the Bankruptcy Code preempts the...more

Simplified procedure for initiating bankruptcy by the legal successors of banks

In October 2016, the Chamber for Commercial Disputes at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation considered the cassation appeal of Eurasian Trading Company LLC (hereinafter – the Trading Company) in Case ? ?57-16992/2015...more

Post-Petition Transfers: Sixth Circuit Opines on 11 U.S.C. § 542 versus § 549

The United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit recently clarified whether a trustee could rely upon 11 U.S.C. § 542, and in the process side-step 11 U.S.C. § 549, to recover an unauthorized post-petition...more

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Confirms Chapter 11 Plan Less Than Two Weeks After Commencing...

On January 10, 2017, in the case of In re: Roust Corporation, et. al., (1623786 ) (RDD), pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”), Judge Robert D. Drain entered an...more

Do Outsiders Have Standing?

One of the essential elements of a contract is the consent of the parties. Cal. Civ. Code § 1550(2). When a party is not a corporation, there is always a question of whether the person or persons signing the contract have...more

Do You Blur the Lines Between Your Separate Companies? The Courts Might Too.

Is your business divided into separate entities? It isn’t an uncommon practice. Business owners often establish separate legal entities to manage different aspects of their business. One reason for doing so is to prevent the...more

Tenth Circuit: Asarco’s Settlement in Bankruptcy Proceeding Does Not Bar CERCLA Contribution Claim

A unanimous panel held that Asarco’s settlement in bankruptcy for its “share of response costs” did not preclude it from later bringing a CERCLA contribution claim....more

Allegedly Time-Barred Foreclosures Do Not Form Basis for FDCPA/FCCPA Lawsuits Outside Bankruptcy Context

In an order issued yesterday, Judge Dalton of the Middle District of Florida held that in a non-bankruptcy context, allegations that collection of a mortgage debt is barred by the statute of limitations do not form a...more

The Ninth Circuit Loosens the Cap on Landlord Damages in In re Kupfer

Any property owner which has experienced the bankruptcy of a tenant is doubtless keenly aware of the limitation on damages which the Bankruptcy Code imposes on the landlord. A new decision by the Ninth Circuit bolsters the...more

Tenth Circuit: Judicial Estoppel Should Not Bar Asarco’s Latest Claims for Cost Recovery At CERCLA Mining Site

On January 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a ruling reversing the district court’s decision that Asarco could not proceed with its claims for cost recovery at a Utah Comprehensive Environmental...more

Courts Split on Definition of a “Return” for Tax Discharge

On October 11, 2016, Martin Smith petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit. After Smith failed to file a timely tax return, the IRS assessed a deficiency against him....more

Bankruptcy Cases To Watch In 2017

John Melissinos was quoted in a Law360 article that ran January 2, 2017, discussing the top bankruptcy cases to watch in 2017 and the issues expected to dominate discussions over the next year including Chapter 11 exit...more

US Lenders - Missing Parenthesis Could Cost You a Bundle

As the case of NNN Realty shows, years of litigation and legal costs could be avoided with proper use of punctuation marks. A lender made a secured real estate loan to several entities who owned the real estate as tenants in...more

CFPB files SCOTUS amicus brief in FDCPA case on filing bankruptcy proof of claim on time-barred debt

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the respondent/consumer in Midland Funding, LLC v. Aleida Johnson, a decision of the Eleventh Circuit that held Midland’s alleged filing of an...more

In Real Life the Bad Guy Sometimes Gets Away: Adding Judgment Debtors to a Judgment

As most litigators will tell you a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit needs to be able to prove both liability and damages to win a case. That is, you need to show both that the defendant is liable under the law and that you have...more

Plan Proponents Beware of “Death Trap” Traps in Chapter 11 Plans and Disclosure Statements

On November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) unlawfully issued its Final Rule raising the minimum annual salary threshold for most “white collar” overtime exemptions under the...more

Debtors Who Misuse Collateral Can Lose the Benefit of Discharging their Debt in Bankruptcy

On November 21, 2016, in a case entitled In re Monson, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s decision, which held that a debtor’s conduct constituted a willful and malicious injury to a...more

Exercise of Post-Petition Right to Setoff Without Court Permission Violated Automatic Stay

On November 16, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky found that a creditor exercising its post-petition right to setoff without bankruptcy court permission had violated the automatic...more

Changes to Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1 Affect Mortgage Lenders

Almost every year, changes are implemented to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. On December 1, 2016, this year’s changes to the Bankruptcy Rules went into effect. The changes include revisions to Bankruptcy Rule...more

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