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Safe harbour and ipso facto reforms pass through the Senate

by DLA Piper on

Another step has been taken towards the introduction of a safe harbour for directors of insolvent companies and limited stay on the operation of ipso facto clauses. Late on Monday evening, after some debate, the Senate passed...more

Seventh Circuit Denies Trustee a Second Bite at the Avoidance Apple

The Seventh Circuit recently held, in Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 16-1896 & 16-1916, 2017 WL 3470145 (7th Cir. Aug. 14, 2017), that (i) a transfer previously authorized by a bankruptcy court order cannot be avoided due to the...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Dismisses Claims Against Echo/RT Holdings In Raytrans Bankruptcy Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent decision of Klauder v. Echo/RT Holdings LLC (In re Raytrans Holding, Inc.), Adv. No. 15-50273 (CSS) (Del. Bankr. Aug. 10, 2017), Judge Sontchi granted Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss the Trustee’s Second Amended...more

Third Circuit Applies More Flexible Standard for WARN Exemption

The Third Circuit, in In re AE Liquidation, Inc., Case No. 16-2203 (3d Cir. Aug 04, 2017) held that the Debtors were not liable under the WARN Act for failing to warn employees of furloughs and layoffs until those furloughs...more

Third Circuit Ruling Impacts Oil & Gas Industry

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that significantly affects the rights of upstream producers. Applying Delaware law, the Third Circuit explained that the upstream producers...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves Separate Classification and Disparate Gifted Consideration Between General Unsecured Creditors

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court, in In re Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Case No. 17-10949 (Bankr. Del. July 24, 2017), confirmed a chapter 11 plan of reorganization despite separate classification and disparate gifted...more

In Brief: Second Circuit Reaffirms Broad Scope of Bankruptcy Code’s Subordination of Shareholder Claims

by Jones Day on

Section 510(b) of the Bankruptcy Code provides a mechanism designed to preserve the creditor/shareholder risk allocation paradigm by categorically subordinating most types of claims asserted against a debtor by equityholders...more

Transfer To Non-Existent Corporation Held To Be A Transfer Nonetheless

by Allen Matkins on

Sometimes, the law is just weird. The case of PGA West Residential Ass’n, Inc. v. Hulven Int’l, Inc., Cal. Ct. App. Case No. E064270 (Aug. 9, 2017) is weirder than most. The lawsuit alleged that the defendant had tried to...more

Preferences Actions Filed In Univita Holdings LLC Bankruptcy Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On July 19-21, 2017, David W. Carickhoff, in his capacity as Chapter 7 Trustee of the Estates of Univita Holdings, et al., filed approximately 46 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or...more

Success Fees - Technical Arguments Fail In The Face Of Broad Definitions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision signed July 26, 2017 in the Nephrogenex bankruptcy (case 16-11074), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court approved of the application of the Debtor’s investment banker for a success fee over the objection...more

Delaware Clarifies “Received” For Valuable 503(b)(9) Claims

by Cole Schotz on

Delaware’s Bankruptcy Court has recently issued two insightful opinions that impact a creditor’s ability to establish the “receipt” element of a valuable 503(b)(9) administrative expense priority claim. CASE 1: In re SRC...more

Derivative Complaints By Creditors Against Chapter 7 Trustees – They Don’t Tend To Go Very Far

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision signed July 17, 2017 in the Our Alchemy, LLC bankruptcy (case 16-11596), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court granted a trustee’s partial motion to dismiss a complaint, holding that a creditor cannot...more

Could Supreme Court Case on Debt Recharacterization Provide a Pathway Out of the Stern v. Marshall Maze?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in PEM Entities LLC v. Levin, in which it will decide whether federal or a state law should apply when a debt claim held by a debtor’s insider is sought to be recharacterized in...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Definition of “Received” in Context of Section 503(b)(9) Claims 

The 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code included the addition of an administrative expense claim for the value of goods received by the debtor in the 20 days prior to the bankruptcy filing. The allowance of an...more

Supreme Court To Hear Dispute Over Debt Recharacterization

One critical issue affecting complex restructuring cases are efforts by the estate or creditors to recharacterize debt into equity. This can happen in a variety of factual contexts, including where an existing equity...more

US Supreme Court confirms priority rules apply to a structured dismissal of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case

by DLA Piper on

In its recent decision Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 137 S. Ct. 973 (2017), the United States Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court may not approve a structured dismissal of a chapter 11 case that provides for...more

Blog: Controversial Safe Harbor: Supreme Court to Address Circuit Split of Clawback Protection in Bankruptcy Code

by Cooley LLP on

The Supreme Court recently agreed to review the applicability of the safe harbor provision in section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code after differing interpretations of the statute created a split among the circuit courts. The...more

Supreme Court to Decide Bankruptcy Test for Recharacterizing Insider Debt Claims

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal brought by Ropes & Gray of the Fourth Circuit’s decision in PEM Entities LLC v. Eric M. Levin & Howard Shareff. The Supreme Court’s decision in the case will...more

Preference Actions Filed In Draw Another Circle Bankruptcy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 15, 2017, Curtis R. Smith, as Liquidating Trustee of the Hastings Creditors’ Liquidating Trust, filed approximately 69 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent...more

The Original Soupman, Inc. Files For Chapter 11 Protection In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 13, 2017, The Original Soupman, Inc. and its affiliates (collectively “Debtors” or “Original Soupman”) commenced voluntary bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. According to its petition,...more

IRS Can Pursue “Responsible Persons” for Unpaid Trust Fund Taxes and Automatic Stay Cannot Be Used to Enjoin Collection Against...

The Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Court followed the Third Circuit in holding that the Anti-Injunction Act, which prohibits suits to restrain the assessment or collection of any tax, is not superseded by section 105(a) of the...more

Jurisdiction Retention Clause in Sale Order Can’t Provide Bankruptcy Court Subject Matter Jurisdiction for Contract Disputes...

The Bottom Line - In a decision addressing the reaches of bankruptcy court subject matter jurisdiction, a First Circuit Panel, including retired Supreme Court Justice Davis Souter sitting by designation, ruled that the...more

Insolvency at Its Limits: What Management and Creditors of Insolvent LLCs and LPs Should Know About Fiduciary Duties Waivers and...

by WilmerHale on

Delaware law allows members and partners of limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited partnerships (LPs) to waive the fiduciary duties of their management in their LLC or LP agreements. When an LLC or LP is insolvent,...more

Can a Receiver be Sued for Not Paying a Pre-Receiver Creditor?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Question: I am the Receiver for a condo project. A pre-receivership creditor has threatened to sue me because I won’t pay for the services he provided the defendant. I have explained to the creditor that the receivership is...more

Tidewater, Inc. Bankruptcy Update – Utilities Motion

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 17th, Tidewater, Inc. and its affiliated debtors (“Tidewater” or “Debtors”) filed for chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. On the same day, the Court entered an...more

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