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Enforcing Personal Guaranties

You might wonder whether lenders can enforce a guaranty of a loan from an individual or entity that has no formal connection with the borrower, i.e. someone who is not an owner or affiliated company. Generally, the answer is...more

Improper Use of Contract Attorneys, Failure to Disclose Terms – This Case Has It All.

Estate professionals are under continued scrutiny. Unlike other professionals, getting paid is not simply a matter of sending a bill. The bankruptcy court, appropriately so, closely oversees the amount and timing of payment...more

Midstream Contracts Remain in Doubt in Bankruptcy

By now, both producers and midstream companies are aware of the Bankruptcy Court decisions in the Sabine bankruptcy proceedings (i) rejecting the gas gathering agreements as executory contracts and (ii) determining that the...more

Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Chapter 11: Part I of II – The Petition Package, Filing the Case, Filing Fees, and First...

As a Chapter 11 debtor’s attorney, the prospect of serving as debtor’s counsel is an exciting – and increasingly rare – opportunity. The preparation for filing a Chapter 11 case involves negotiating complex cash collateral...more

Debtors’ Lien-Stripping Attempt Likely Would Have Succeeded in New Hampshire

A North Carolina bankruptcy court recently denied a Debtors’ attempt to “strip off” a junior lien on their primary residence by rejecting the argument that the property should be valued near the time of plan confirmation. In...more

Creditors Benefit from Seventh Circuit’s Interpretation of “Ordinary Course of Business” Defense to Preferences

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently discussed the standard for whether payments made to vendors in the 90 days prior to a bankruptcy filing are within the “ordinary course of business” defense. In making...more

Bankruptcy Courts Closing In – Will An Agreement Requiring Unanimous Consent To File For Bankruptcy Be Effective?

We’ve all seen it. The business opportunity looks enticing but is laced with risk about a potential bankruptcy filing down the road. As bankruptcy lawyers we are often asked how deals can be structured to prevent a...more

A Flip on the Flip Clause: Lehman Court Changes Course on Flip Provisions and Financial Safe Harbors

New York bankruptcy judge dismisses claims to recover approximately $1 billion that had been distributed to noteholders following commencement of the Lehman Brothers chapter 11 proceedings in September 2008. After more...more

Sabine Lives On (and On): Bankruptcy Court Rejects Immediate Appeal to Second Circuit and Motion for Stay

On June 16, 2016, The Bankruptcy Cave gave you our summary of the controversial Sabine decision. At that time, post-hearing motions were pending. As luck would have it (we at The Bankruptcy Cave should start wagering on...more

Supreme Court Reverses Fifth Circuit's Interpretation of "Actual Fraud"

In a resounding 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved an existing split among the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, determining that "actual fraud" under Section 523(a)(2)(A) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not require...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Default Judgment Is Not Automatic Following Entry Of Default

On May 12, 2016, the Honorable Julie A. Manning issued a decision in an adversary proceeding entitled Law Office of W. Martyn Philpot, Jr., LLC v. Day, which addressed two issues. The first issue was whether the plaintiff was...more

The Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 and Its Impact on Subrogated Claims

It has been some time coming, but on August 1, 2016, the operative provisions of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 (the Act) will come into force. The Act will significantly improve the subrogation...more

Delaware Court Voids LLC Agreement Provision Giving Creditor Veto Over Bankruptcy

A Delaware bankruptcy court has joined what appears to be a recent trend toward invalidating limited liability company operating agreement provisions that effectively afford lenders veto power over the LLC’s authority to file...more

Bankruptcy Court Finds Student Loan Debt Dischargeable

Student loan debt in the United States continues to mushroom, and according to the Federal Reserve, is approaching the $1 trillion mark. As bankruptcy practitioners and many in the public well know, the Bankruptcy Code...more

The Shale Bankruptcy Boom Moves Midstream

The shale boom has given rise to another, less welcome boom: the bankruptcy boom. Thirty-five exploration and production (“E&P”) companies sought bankruptcy protection between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015, and this...more

Objecting to the Dischargeability of Debt: How a Creditor May Protect its Debt in Bankruptcy

Imagine that you are an unsecured lender who has learned that a borrower has filed for bankruptcy and has little to no assets available to pay creditors. Is there any way to prevent your debt from being extinguished? This...more

Uniform Voidable Transactions Act Signed Into Law by Iowa Governor

Iowa Code 674 Uniform Fraudulent Conveyance Act amendments were signed by the Iowa Governor on March 31, 2016. A successor to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA), this newly-signed Act is now known as the Uniform...more

Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Holds that an Oversecured Creditor Is Entitled to Default Interest After the Petition...

In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC (In re Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC), 547 B.R. 819 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel recently held that an oversecured creditor is...more

Failure to Observe Bankruptcy Rule Deadline in An Adversary Proceeding Tried in District Court Costs Defendants Opportunity to...

A recent case from the 11th Circuit illustrates the procedural perils of litigation arising from a bankruptcy case but ultimately tried in the district court. In Rosenberg v. DVI Receivables XIV, LLC, the defendants lost...more

Supreme Court Rules Exception to Bankruptcy Discharge for Fraud Claims Extends to Fraudulent Transfer Liability

In a decision rendered on May 16, 2016, in the case of Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the exception to bankruptcy discharge for debts incurred through actual fraud applies to...more

ASARCO’s Revenge: Do Estate Professionals Now Have to Charge the Same Fees to an Estate or Committee that They Would Charge a...

Either from our prior posts, or from the great posts from Stone and Baxter’s Plan Proponent blog or from Bracewell’s Basis Points blog, we all know the Supreme Court’s holding in ASARCO: a strict interpretation of Section...more

Ritz Might Give Fraudulent Conveyance Transferees Fits

The United States Supreme Court clarified in Husky Int’l Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, 578 U.S.(2016) that “actual fraud” as used in Section 523(a)(2)(A) is broad enough to encompass fraudulent conveyance schemes and does not...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Carrier’s “Extended” Maritime Possessory Liens

Summary of Holding - In a recent opinion, in a case of first impression at the circuit level, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that maritime carriers and their customers may contractually extend the...more

Layoffs Without WARN-ing: How to Use the Unforeseeable Business Circumstance Exception

A recent federal trial court decision out of Delaware, In re AE Liquidation, Inc. v. Burtch, No. 14-1492-LPS (D. Del. Mar. 31, 2016), illustrates how, even in the context of a very troubled business, the Worker Adjustment and...more

Preference Defendants, Rejoice! Services Billed in a Lump Sum Can Be Allocated Per Diem, for Your New Value Defense

Preference actions are, for the most part, insanity. We won’t go on a tirade here. But recently, a ruling brings common sense to the “new value” defense....more

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