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Bankruptcy courts cannot approve structured dismissal of Chapter 11 case that violates absolute priority rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 137 S. Ct. 973 (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court was not authorized to approve a structured dismissal of a Chapter 11 case that violated the absolute priority...more

Eleventh Circuit Addresses Difference Between Constitutional and Equitable Mootness

by Jones Day on

In Beem v. Ferguson (In re Ferguson), 2017 BL 101650 (11th Cir. Mar. 30, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit addressed the distinction between constitutional mootness (a jurisdictional issue that...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Per Se Rule Automatically Mooting Sale Appeals in the Absence of a Stay

by Jones Day on

Debtors beware: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently expanded the ability of parties to appeal a bankruptcy court's approval of a sale of assets notwithstanding the statutory mootness rule set forth in section...more

Substantive Consolidation of Non-Debtors-Standing and Notice Issues

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. courts generally agree that the substantive consolidation should be applied sparingly, and even more so when substantive consolidation of debtors with non-debtors is sought. While many opinions address the grounds for...more

Millenium Lab Holdings – Ruling on Third Party Releases Highlights Continuing Constitutional Questions Regarding Power of...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In Millenium Lab Holdings, Delaware District Court Judge Leonard Stark, on an appeal from a bankruptcy court order confirming a plan of reorganization, recently upheld a challenge to the bankruptcy court’s constitutional...more

Bankruptcy Court Imposes Massively Disproportionate $45 Million Punitive Exaction, Then Plays Santa Claus With $40 Million Of It

A bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of California recently issued a decision that is sure to raise appellate eyebrows. Concluding in In re Sundquist that the defendant bank had violated the automatic stay by...more

Sixth Circuit Adopts Minority Interpretation of Mootness

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that parties arguing mootness under section 363(m) of the Bankruptcy Code must establish that the appellate court is unable to grant effective relief...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules WARN Claimants/Workers Must Get Priority Over Other Unsecured Creditors In Bankruptcy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A bankruptcy court overseeing an employer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding allowed the employer to pay certain unsecured creditors before paying Worker Adjustment And Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”)...more

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Obligations and Risks of Third-party Witnesses under Rule 2004 Examinations.

by Bryan Cave on

Two recent Bankruptcy Court cases both remind and illustrate the power and risks presented by discovery of facts and documents under Bankruptcy Rule 2004, showing that it can compel third parties to provide information to...more

Stern Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules

by Bryan Cave on

While it has taken five years of committee and court efforts, the “Stern Amendments” to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will become effective December 1, 2016. These amendments will streamline litigant and court...more

General Motors: Protection Granted in Section 363 Sale Orders is Only as Good as the Notice Given

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In a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the General Motors case, the court held certain claimants were not afforded procedural due process with respect to the § 363 sale of General Motor...more

Bankruptcy Petition Costs Litigant Right to Appeal State Court

by Burr & Forman on

Learning the interplay between state rules of judicial procedure and federal bankruptcy law can be a daunting undertaking, but the pitfalls of failing to do so can be severe. A recent example of the importance of being...more

Supreme Court Issues Opinions Favorable to Financial Services Companies

May is usually a busy month on the Supreme Court before the justices head off for some summer R&R. It is historically a time when many opinions are issued, and May 2016 has been no exception. ...more

UCC Standing Blocked in Recent Sabine Decision

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

What showing must creditors make to be granted the right to prosecute claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate? Under the widely recognized standard established by the Second Circuit in In re STN Enterprises, a bankruptcy...more

Que Certa, Certa: Supreme Court Creates Uncertainty with “Cert” Review of Puerto Rico Recovery Act

It is said that muddy water is best cleared by leaving it be. The Supreme Court’s December 4 decision to review the legality of Puerto Rico’s local bankruptcy law, the Recovery Act, despite a well-reasoned First Circuit...more

Constitutional Clarification for Nevada HOA Super-Priority Foreclosures

Since the Nevada Supreme Court’s infamous decision in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A. in September 2014, the mortgage community has continued to fight to save senior deeds of trust from extinguishment due to an...more

Wellness: Is Consent the Cure?

by Alston & Bird on

In Wellness Int’l Network Ltd. v. Sharif, the U.S. Supreme Court has added another piece of the puzzle needed to resolve the long-discussed issue of bankruptcy court authority. This issue stems from the structure of the...more

California Supreme Court Grants Review of Homeowner's Wrongful Foreclosure Claims

On July 15, 2015, the California Supreme Court granted review of Boyce v. T.D. Service Company (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 429. (Supreme Court Case No. S226267.) In Boyce, the Court of Appeal held that a plaintiff's wrongful...more

Supreme Court Holds that Bankruptcy Courts can Adjudicate Stern Claims

In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court held that bankruptcy courts have the authority to adjudicate Stern claims so long as the litigant parties provide “knowing and voluntary consent.” This decision in Wellness...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Implied Consent Sufficient for Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

by Dechert LLP on

On May 26, the U.S. Supreme Court held that, so long as parties knowingly and voluntarily consent, a bankruptcy court can issue final orders on matters that it otherwise would not have the constitutional authority to decide....more

Supreme Court Decides to Maintain the Viability of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, But a Key Question Remains Unresolved

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Four years ago, in Stern v. Marshall, the Supreme Court stunned many observers by re-visiting separation of powers issues regarding the jurisdiction of the United States bankruptcy courts that most legal scholars had viewed...more

“Wellness” Has Made Us Better

On Thursday I published a blog article entitled Will “Wellness Make Us Better?, in which I posed the question of whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court would finally rule on whether or not bankruptcy courts can, in Stern type...more

Supreme Court Decides Wellness International Network, Ltd. v. Sharif

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Wellness International Network, Ltd. v. Sharif, (No. 13-935), holding that Article III does not prevent bankruptcy judges from entering final judgment on claims that seek only...more

Will “Wellness” Make Us Better?

The United States Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the next few weeks in the case of Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif (“Wellness”), 727 F.3d 751 (7th Cir. 2013) regarding bankruptcy courts’ jurisdiction. ...more

A Looming Crisis: Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Statute Reducing Benefits

On May 8, 2015, the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois struck down recently enacted state public pension reform legislation on the grounds that the legislation violated the “pension protection clause” of the Illinois...more

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