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Can a Receiver Be Liable for Acts or Omissions that Occurred in a Case After Discharge?

The court has approved my final account and report, discharged me as receiver and exonerated my bond in a difficult, litigious case I am glad to have over. An elder receiver I know told me I could still be liable for acts or...more

Court Rules Houston Astros Cannot Strike Out Fiduciary Duties in Bankruptcy

Introduction - One of the incentives that Delaware law offers founders of business entities is the ability to tinker with the fiduciary duties that the managers of the business owe. While the duties owed by corporate...more

First Circuit Finds that a Private Equity Fund Can Be Liable for the Pension Obligations of its Portfolio Company

In Sun Capital Partners III, L.P. et al. v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 12-2312, 2013 WL 3814985 (1st Cir. July 24, 2013), the First Circuit held that a private equity fund could be liable for...more

Bankruptcy Spurred By Court Judgment May Proceed For The Proper Purpose Of Reorganization; Judge's Adversarial Rulings And Remarks...

In In Re J. Howard Marshall (--- F.3d ----, C.A.9 (Cal.), June 28, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals considered the validity of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The bankruptcy had been challenged because it was...more

Fifth Circuit Applies Moench Presumption of Prudence at Motion to Dismiss Stage

The Fifth Circuit recently joined four other circuits (the Second, Third, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits) in holding that the presumption of prudence applicable in employer stock fund cases is appropriately applied at the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split in Bullock v. BankChampaign, N.A.

One of the primary purposes of bankruptcy is to provide for the discharge of certain debts in order to enable a debtor to obtain a "fresh start" post-bankruptcy. Notwithstanding this specific purpose, section 523 of Title 11...more

Securities Class Representative Cannot Object to Bankruptcy Release on Behalf of Class

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed an order rejecting an objection to the confirmation of a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization for Dynegy, Inc. and Dynegy Holdings, LLC (together, Dynegy) for...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Class Action Settlement Providing Conditional Incentive Awards

Earlier this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed approval of a $45 million class action settlement that had been reached with three credit reporting agencies in Radcliffe v. Experian...more

In re Canopy Financial, Inc.: A Primer From the Seventh Circuit on Excusable Neglect

What is “excusable neglect” under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(1)? The answer is that it depends, but generally it’s not much. That’s the first lesson from the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in In re Canopy Financial, Inc., No....more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Allows Borrower to Take Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Lender to a Jury

In what may be a first for a North Carolina appellate court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has reversed the entry of summary judgment for a lender on a borrower’s breach of fiduciary claim. In Dallaire v. Bank of...more

Rogers Towers: The Right to Trial by Jury in Fraudulent Transfer Actions in Bankruptcy

Suppose you have been sued by the bankruptcy trustee for an alleged fraudulent transfer or a preferential payment. Who decides the case—the bankruptcy judge or a jury? This post explores the circumstances in which parties to...more

Second Circuit Affirms Arbitration Panel’s Finding That A Securities Clearing Firm May Be Liable As The “Initial Transferee” Of A...

On July 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit refused to vacate an arbitration award against Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing, P.C. The Court left intact the arbitration panel’s finding that the...more

Whalen: Go Back To The Future To Fight Fraud With Equity Receivers [Video]

May 23 (Bloomberg Law) -- Chris Whalen, senior managing director at Tangent Capital Partners, and Bill Rochelle from Bloomberg News talk with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about how the so-called in pari delicto defense stops...more

Just When I Thought I Was Out . . . Eleventh Circuit Rules in TOUSA that Refinanced Lenders Can Be “Pulled Back In” and Held...

On May 15, 2012, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, which required certain lenders to return $403 million in prepetition payments they had...more

SDNY Bankruptcy Court Interprets Section 546(e)’s Safe Harbors in Lehman-JPMorgan Dispute

On April 19, 2012, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part JPMorgan Chase, N.A.’s motion to dismiss an adversary complaint filed by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc....more

Appointing An Examiner is not a Simple Task

Three cases provide examples of situations in which the courts considered an outside overseer. Allegations of impropriety by a bankrupt company's management can fuel heated litigation in bankruptcy cases — including...more

Mezzanine Borrower’s Chapter 11 Case Filed on Eve of Foreclosure Sale Dismissed as a Bad Faith Filing

On December 22, 2011, Judge Mary F. Walrath of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware dismissed with prejudice a mezzanine borrower’s chapter 11 case. See In re JER/ Jameson Mezz Borrower II LLC, 461 B.R. 293...more

EMAK Worldwide, Inc. v. Kurz, et al., No. 512, 2011 (Del. Apr. 17, 2012)

In this appeal, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed an interim fee award of $2.5 million to plaintiff’s attorneys, which the Court of Chancery granted following its decision in Kurz v. Holbrook, 989 A.2d 140 (Del. Ch. 2010),...more

Litigation Alert -- April 2012

In This Issue: The Face That Launched A Thousand Lawsuits - Madoff's Legacy; The Bark of the Claw Back is Worse than its Bite; and The Latest Battle: to Withdraw or not to Withdraw the Reference. Excerpt from The...more

What’s In a Name? Fifth Circuit Rejects Formulaic “Legal Title” Standard of Ownership In Favor of “Control” Test

Asserting a fraudulent transfer claim is one of the most powerful tools a debtor in possession or trustee has under the Bankruptcy Code. Of course, a debtor can only seek to avoid a transfer of property in which it had an...more

Stern v. Marshall Updates – DC Bankruptcy Court Has Jurisdiction to Hear State Law Counterclaims

In GB Herndon, the District of Columbia Bankruptcy Court determined that it had constitutional authority to determine state common law counterclaims and state law claims against nondebtor codefendants. Adams Nat’l Bank v. GB...more

Gedalia v. The Land Holding Group, Inc. (In re The Land Holding Group, Inc.)

Opinion & Order Affirming in Part, Reversing in Part the Bankruptcy Court

On December 30, 2011, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro affirmed a judgment entered by Bankruptcy Judge Bruce A. Markell in favor of The Land Holding Group, Inc., a chapter 11 debtor in Nevada, for tortious interference...more

Federal District Court Remands Morgan Stanley MBS Suit to Ohio State Court

On December 20, 2011, Judge S. Arthur Spiegel of the Southern District of Ohio granted the plaintiffs’ motion to remand and denied Morgan Stanley’s motion to transfer to the Southern District of New York an RMBS suit based on...more

CR&B Alert: Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy News – December 2011, Issue 4

In This Issue: - CRAB Bites-High Court to Resolve Credit Bidding Dispute - MF GLOBAL - U.S. AND UK - In a Case of First Impression, Court Grants Administrative Priority Status to Post-Petition Withdrawal...more

Lenders Beware: Delaware Supreme Court Holds Creditors of Insolvent LLC Lack Derivative Standing

The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that creditors lack standing to bring a derivative suit on behalf of an insolvent Delaware limited liability company (an “LLC”) under the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the...more

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