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Supreme Court judgment in the long-running Lehman Waterfall litigation

by Dentons on

On 17 May 2017, the UK Supreme Court handed down judgment in proceedings - commonly known as the Waterfall I litigation - to determine claims with regard to the estimated £8 billion surplus arising in the estate of Lehman...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Denies Creditors’ Committee Access To Privileged Documents

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In a May 8, 2017 ruling, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied the official committee of unsecured creditors from accessing certain documents withheld from production based on the attorney-client privilege. Despite the purpose...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves Indenture Trustee Fees in Face of Fee Objection by Certain Noteholders

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On March 8, 2017, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued a decision in In re Nortel Networks Inc., et al., 2017 Bankr. LEXIS 674 (Bankr. D. Del. Mar. 8, 2017), that addresses the issue of whether an...more

Landlords Who Violate Bankruptcy Stay May be Ordered to Pay Emotional Distress Damages and Punitive Damages

by PretiFlaherty on

Landlords should use caution in attempts to take possession of leased space once a tenant files bankruptcy. Recently, in Lansaw v. Zokaites, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an order of the Bankruptcy Court for the...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert on, of all Things, the Standard of Review for Determining Non-Statutory Insider Status

by Bryan Cave on

Last December, we updated you that the Supreme Court was considering whether to grant review of In re The Village at Lakeridge, LLC, 814 F.3d 993 (9th Cir. 2016). Our original post is here. On March 27, 2017, the Supreme...more

Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

Group proceedings settlement update: Court of Appeal upholds binding nature of settlement on group members

by DLA Piper on

In Pekell, the Court of Appeal has provided welcome clarity around the effect of settlements in group proceedings, which should provide comfort to group proceeding defendants and their insurers. Importantly, the case affirms...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

by Dechert LLP on

When a portfolio company underperforms, an equity sponsor will want to assess the degree of negotiating leverage the company’s lenders have against the company under the circumstances, which can play a significant role in...more

Keep On Truckin’: Priority Rules Still Rule in Structured Dismissals

In 2015, Distressing Matters reported on the Third Circuit’s decision in In re Jevic Holding Corp., wherein that panel ruled that, in rare circumstances, bankruptcy courts may approve the distribution of settlement proceeds...more

Have you missed the boat to apply for a Non-Publication Order?

by Dentons on

Peter Oreb and Ingrid Webber were directors of a group of companies supplying workforce solutions to some of the largest corporations in the world. Four of the companies went into liquidation. Prior to the companies going...more

Supreme Court Bars Structured Dismissals of Bankruptcy Cases That Violate the Code’s Priority Distribution Scheme – Could it...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 22, 2017 the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling regarding the legality of structured dismissals of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases that would make final distributions of estate assets to creditors in a manner...more

2016 Georgia Corporate and Business Organization Case Law Developments

by Bryan Cave on

The annual survey of decisions by state and federal courts in 2016 addressing Georgia corporate and business organization issues is now available. This survey covers the legal principles governing Georgia businesses,...more

Supreme Court Rules: Even Gifts Must Play by the (Absolute Priority) Rule

by PretiFlaherty on

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Czyzewski v.Jevic Holding Corp., stating that non-consensual, priority violating, structured dismissals are not allowed under the Bankruptcy Code. In a well-reasoned...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

Supreme Court Gives WARN-ing To Companies In Bankruptcy: Don’t Ignore Wage Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Supreme Court held today in a 6 to 2 decision that “structured dismissals” resolving Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings cannot deviate from the Bankruptcy Code’s priority scheme without the consent of the affected...more

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

by Bryan Cave on

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

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

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

Ruined, Missing Wine leads to Million Dollar Hangover for Debtor

by Bryan Cave on

A Chapter 7 debtor’s failure to comply with a bankruptcy court order to preserve a $2 million dollar-plus collection of fine wines has led to the imposition of sanctions of over $1 million, most of which could be charged...more

Bankruptcy Dispute Regarding “Coolcore” Trademark Heats Up in the First Circuit

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In December 2015, the TMCA blogged about a decision in In re Tempnology, LLC, in which the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire held that a debtor’s rejection of a licensing agreement in bankruptcy terminated...more

Mediation Statements in Federal Courts May or May Not be Privileged and Can Be Waived

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri declined to recognize a mediation privilege in In re Lake Lotawana Community Improvement District, 2016 WL 7984347 (Bankr. W.D. Mo. Sept. 19, 2016), despite the fact...more

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

by Winstead PC on

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

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

by Cole Schotz on

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

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

Delaware Bankruptcy Judge: A Carve-Out for Fees Is Not a Cap

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Judge Christopher Sontchi recently issued an important opinion in the Molycorp chapter 11 case. He held that a standard carve-out in a financing order for the fees of counsel and other professionals for an official...more

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