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Blog: California Bankruptcy Judge Rules that State Law Does Not Protect Pension Fund from Municipal Bankruptcies

On October 1, a bankruptcy judge ruled that the pension agreement between Stockton, California and Calpers, California’s massive state-run pension fund for public employees, is an executory contract that can be rejected in...more

California District Court Finds Bankrupt Named Plaintiffs Not Adequate Representatives

Anyone questioning whether the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), has had an impact need look no further than the decision in Alakozai v. Chase Investment Services Corp., Case...more

Subcontractors Can Still Perfect Mechanic’s Liens After Prime Contractors File Bankruptcy

One of the most common and effective ways for a subcontractor to secure a payment claim is to file a lien. Assuming any applicable, pre-lien notice requirements are satisfied, an unpaid subcontractor can lien a private...more

Whistleblower Defendant Blows Whistle on Whistleblower

Antonio Saidiani filed a whistleblower suit alleging that NextCare urgent centers and CEO Dr. Shufeldt had collected tens of millions of dollars in false Medicare claims. Antonio was in a position to know because he was that...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Attorneys’ E-mails to Client’s Independent Contractor May Be Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege - New York Appeals Court Decision Allows Predecessor Counsel to Place Equal Blame on Successor...more

Class Certification Granted to Former MF Global Employees Seeking Vacation Pay

Judge Glenn of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently granted class claim certification to a group of former MF Global employees seeking payment on account of unpaid accrued vacation time. ...more

Bankruptcy Protection for Inherited IRA

The already complicated subject of how to handle Individual Retirement Accounts following the death of an IRA holder just got a little more complicated with the recent Supreme Court decision in Clark v. Rameker. The issue in...more

When is a Retirement Account not a Retirement Account?

Q: When is a retirement account not a retirement account? A: When it's an inherited IRA and the owner is bankrupt. That's what the Supreme Court said last week in a case involving the Bankruptcy Code's exemption...more

Supreme Court Decides Retirement-Fund Bankruptcy Exemption Case: Clark v. Rameker

On June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Clark v. Rameker, No. 13-299, holding that funds in an individual retirement account (IRA) that a bankruptcy debtor obtained through inheritance are not "retirement...more

Bankruptcy Court Dismisses Class Action DFR Complaint Involving Airline Merger

One deliberately ironic facet of the 2004 film Howard Hughes bio-pic The Aviator (the one with Leonardo DiCaprio) is the fact that the airlines fighting for world dominance in the 1940s were Howard Hughes’ TWA and Juan...more

New York Bankruptcy Court Strikes Defenses To Federal And State WARN Acts

In re: Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, No. 12-12321 (MG) (S.D.N.Y. Bankr., April 10, 2014): As part of the bankruptcy proceedings involving Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York struck...more

Equity Investors: Be ForeWARNed

The Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act (WARN Act) requires certain employers to give employees 60 days’ notice of plant closings and mass layoffs. The goal of the WARN Act is to “provide workers and their...more

ERISA: 6th Circuit — Failing to Disclose Disability Claim in Bankruptcy NOT Fatal to Disability Lawsuit

What happens when a long term disability claimant declares bankruptcy, and fails to list the long term disability claim in the bankruptcy estate? Is he judicially estopped from bringing the lawsuit alleging wrongful...more

2013 Virginia Employment Law in Review

In anticipation of a new year, the following is a brief overview of selected notable employment-related cases in Virginia from 2013. These cases involve non-competition agreements, discrimination claims and bankruptcy issues....more

When is a total deficit not a total deficit? Another turn of events for pension contributions

Summary - On 18 December 2013, judgment of the High Court in England and Wales was handed down in a case relating to the insolvency of Lehman Brothers companies (In the Matters of Storm Funding Limited (In...more

The Plaintiff’s Bankruptcy as a Bar to Later Lawsuits

When does a plaintiff’s bankruptcy bar a later discrimination claim? The Ninth Circuit recently framed the issue with two cases...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #33

We are pleased to present the 33rd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight news that will have an impact on business and litigation, including extra-territorial...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Guaranty Fund's Indemnity Payments Not Limited By Statutory Cap

In Illinois (as in every other state), when an insurance company becomes insolvent and an order of liquidation is entered, the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund steps in and pays claims that the insolvent carrier could not...more

PBGC Finds Deep Pocket in Japan: U.S. Court Finds Parent Liable for Termination Underfunding

As the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) faces increasing strain on the pension insurance program it runs, it has become more aggressive in pursuing deep pockets after underfunded defined benefit plans are...more

Recent Decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit May Have Significant Implications for Private Equity Funds

In late July of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a Massachusetts District Court, and in a decision of first impression, held that one of Sun Capital Partner’s private equity funds was liable...more

OHSA Charges May Proceed Against Insolvent Company In CCAA Proceedings: Court

Occupational Health and Safety Act charges could proceed against an insolvent company even though it had obtained protection from its creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”), an Ontario judge has...more

A Warning Shot for Private Equity Funds: First Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Fund Engaged in a "Trade or Business" for Purposes...

Under Title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), withdrawal liability upon cessation of participation in a multiemployer pension plan and termination liability upon the involuntary or distressed...more

First Circuit: Private Equity Fund May Be “Trade or Business” and Subject to Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has recently held in Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 12-2312 (July 24, 2013), a case of first impression at the Circuit Court...more

PE Fund Deemed a 'Trade or Business'—May Be Liable for Portfolio Companies' Pensions

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the first federal appellate court to hold that a private equity (“PE”) fund can be a “trade or business,” and thus potentially included in a “controlled group” with its...more

Private equity fund deemed a “trade or business” under ERISA, exposing it to federal liabilities

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a private equity fund constituted a “trade or business” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and therefore, as a member of its...more

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