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Can a Creditor’s Inaction Violate the Automatic Stay?

The filing of a bankruptcy case puts in place an automatic injunction, or stay, that halts most actions by creditors against a debtor. But can a creditor violate the automatic stay by not acting? The Tenth Circuit recently...more

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Non-Consensual Structured Dismissal Deviating from Bankruptcy Priority Scheme

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 22, 2017, in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., that without the consent of affected creditors, bankruptcy courts may not approve "structured dismissals" providing for distributions that...more

Absolute Priority Remains Absolute – US Supreme Court Holds Structured Dismissals Cannot Violate Priority Rules

In a highly anticipated bankruptcy opinion, the United States Supreme Court, in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., held that courts may not approve structured dismissals providing for distributions that deviate from the...more

Jevic - The Supreme Court Puts the "Dis" in Structured Dismissals

In a much anticipated decision issued on March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court determined in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. (“Jevic”) that a “structured dismissal” of a bankruptcy case cannot include a...more

Tenth Circuit Joins Missouri River to Divide Kansas City Over What Constitutes A Stay Violation

On February 27, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit joined a minority approach followed by District of Columbia Circuit: failing to turn over property after demand is not a violation of the...more

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Truck Drivers In Challenge To Structured Dismissals in Bankruptcy

We previously wrote about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a group of truck drivers’ challenge to the dismissal of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case that was designed to avoid paying the drivers’ claims. Today, the U.S....more

Courts Continue Trend of Recognizing Tribal Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Court) issued a decision on Feb. 28, 2017, that has important – and positive – significance for Native American tribal governments, their...more

Driver’s License Please – Article 9 Style

If you are loaning money in Pennsylvania on a secured basis you must use the name of your individual debtor as stated on his/her driver’s license for your financing statement. 13 Pa.C.S.A. § 9503(a)(4). Secured lenders...more

Supreme Court defended secured creditor stating that premises in insolvency management shall be treated as being part of the...

In Russian insolvency procedures, it is quite common for third parties to try to exclude property from a debtor’s insolvent estate (konkursnaya massa) by claiming title to its real property in the absence of the registered...more

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Reminds Us to “Get the Note” or File a Financing Statement

In a recent opinion, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon reminds all finance lawyers (and participants trying to document a finance transaction without legal assistance) that recording an “assignment” of a...more

Court Finds That There Is A Fact Issue On Whether Corporate Shareholder And Officer Breached Fiduciary Duties To Creditors

In Tow v. Wellington Yu, a bankruptcy trustee sued a corporation’s shareholder and officer for breaching fiduciary duties by entering into a settlement agreement that required the sale of real estate where the defendant would...more

Committees: Can the U.S. Trustee Disband What the U.S. Trustee Forms?

Sometimes the smallest bankruptcy cases give rise to the most interesting legal questions. One such case was that of ScripsAmerica, Inc., which gave rise to the question of whether the Office of the United States Trustee...more

Does “Act” Mean Also a Failure to Act?

No, says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in In re Cowen, adopting the minority rule and parting ways with four other Courts of Appeals. The automatic stay provision of the Bankruptcy Code addressed in Cowen...more

The Increased Use of Combined Hearings and Combined Plan and Disclosure Statements in Delaware

Since February 2016, the Local Rules for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware provide for combined hearings on approval of disclosure statements and confirmation of plans and for the use of combined...more

Debt Dialogue: February 2017 - Media Center

This month’s issue of Debt Dialogue addresses the Second Circuit’s recent Marblegate decision, the controversy generated by last year’s Cash American decision, and payment of indenture trustee fees in bankruptcy, as well as...more

Mortgage Servicer Defeats Class Certification Over Collection Practices Allegedly Targeting Discharged Mortgage Debts

The Middle District of Florida recently denied a plaintiff’s motion for class certification concerning claims that a collection agency illegally and intentionally sent collection correspondence to mortgagees whose debts...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Venue

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Second Circuit Holds That Minority Bondholders Cannot Avail Themselves of the Trust Indenture Act

While out-of-court restructurings can help companies in need, they can negatively impact minority bondholders. Minority bondholders displeased with out-of-court restructurings looked to a 2015 decision interpreting the Trust...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Scope of Bankruptcy Rule 2004 Examination

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which objectors (a law firm, banks and accountants) opposed a bankruptcy trustee's Rule 2004 Motion requesting information related to his investigation of...more

Court Rejects Lender’s Objection to Payment of Debtor’s Counsel’s Fees and Expenses from Pre-Petition Retainer

In a decision rendered on December 30, 2016, the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Court”) addressed the debtor’s counsel’s interim application for an award of fees and expenses for services rendered...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Rule Allowing Curing Debtors to Avoid Contractual Post-Default Interest Is No Longer Valid

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that a Chapter 11 debtor could not avoid the payment of default interest under a promissory note as a condition to curing and reinstating such promissory note under a Chapter 11 plan. In...more

Southern District of New York holds that intercreditor agreement allows for payment of subordinated lender’s post-petition...

On January 27, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the subordinated creditor was entitled to payment of post-petition interest prior to repayment of the senior lender’s...more

Objection to Proof of Claim Not Barred by Res Judicata

A Virginia bankruptcy court recently ruled that an objection to a proof of claim was not barred by the doctrine of res judicata when an order of confirmation was entered prior to the objection being filed. In re Haskins, No....more

The Lehman Administration Surplus and the High Court Ruling in Waterfall IIC

A recent UK High Court ruling in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) ("Lehman Waterfall IIC") considers the application of statutory interests on proven debts in an administration and in particular the...more

Exploring the Rule 3002.1 Minefield

In September 2016, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont ordered a mortgage servicer to pay a $375,000 sanction to a nonprofit legal aid organization for failing to comply with Rule 3002.1 of the Federal Rules...more

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