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Defending A Preference Action – Can You Setoff Post-Petition Amounts Owed by the Debtor Against Your Preference Liability?

All bankruptcy lawyers (and most long-suffering trade creditors) know that creditors who receive payments from a debtor within the “preference period” – 90 days before a voluntary bankruptcy case was filed, or 1 year if the...more

Stern Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules

While it has taken five years of committee and court efforts, the “Stern Amendments” to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will become effective December 1, 2016. These amendments will streamline litigant and court...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19389 - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Dissent - State v. Edmonds...more

Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd: Liquidation or a Different Path?

On September 1, 2016, a rehabilitation procedure was commenced in the Seoul Central District Court in respect of Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd (Hanjin). This action followed many months of discussions between Hanjin and its...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Fall 2016

Massachusetts recently amended its pay equity statute, which substantially enforces the protections of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act. These changes will go into effect in July 2018. The prohibitions against discriminating...more

North Carolina Court Clarifies Deadlines to Set Aside Fraudulent Conveyances

Recently, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, in the case of KB Aircraft Acquisition, LLC v. Berry, et al., clarified the time limit for bringing claims under the North Carolina Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (“UVTA”). ...more

Massachusetts Appeals Court Addresses Statute of Limitations for Enforcement of Guaranty

In a case decided at the end of August, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals had the opportunity to address when the statute of limitations expires with respect to the enforcement of a guaranty. In JB Mortgage Co., LLC v. Ring...more

Secured creditors may vote during receivership upon reduction of secured claims

On 25 July 2016, the White & Case team obtained, at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation (the "Supreme Court"), a declaration that a secured creditor has the right to reduce, at its discretion, the amount of a secured...more

The Reef of Hanjin’s Woe: Will Chapter 15 Unlash Hanjin’s Sailors from the Mast?

On September 9, 2016, Hanjin Shipping Co. won a ruling protecting its assets in the U.S. against creditors, while the shipping line proceeds with its reorganization in South Korea. Hanjin filed for relief under Chapter 15 of...more

4th Circuit: Filing Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Did Not Violate FDCPA

A debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by filing proofs of claim in bankruptcy cases on debts that were time-barred by Maryland’s statute of limitations (SOL), a divided U.S. Court of...more

Divided Court Rules Proof of Claim for Stale Debt Does Not Violate FDCPA

With its recent opinion in In re Eric Dubois, Case No. 15-1945, the Fourth Circuit has joined Second, Third, and Seventh Circuits in ruling that proofs of claim filed for stale debt does not violate the Fair Debt Collection...more

Secured Creditors Can Chill a Bit Following Aeropostale Ruling

The ability of a secured creditor to credit bid its debt in connection with a sale of a debtor’s assets received a strong boost in a decision last month in the Chapter 11 case of Aeropostale from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean...more

Company's Position Taken in Bankruptcy Voids Noncompete Obligations

The Delaware Court of Chancery's decision in Hipcricket v. mGage, C.A. No. 11135-CB, (Del. Ch. July 15, 2016), highlights the importance of coordinating the positions taken in different legal proceedings. The plaintiff in...more

Can I Be Sued for Filing a Time-Barred Claim? Fourth Circuit Weighs In

Whether it’s a conscious decision or an inadvertent mistake, creditors sometimes try to recover on an old claim that is no longer enforceable by law. A debt collection lawsuit filed by a creditor can be dismissed if the...more

Caesars Back in Bankruptcy Court

Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc. (“Caesars”) appeared in bankruptcy court for the third time this year to request that creditors be stayed from seeking an $11 billion dollar judgment against the casino operator’s...more

The Demise of the Presumption Against Preemption in Express Preemption Cases

We’ve always been bothered by the presumption against preemption – so much that this blog’s first major substantive post was on that subject. Even before that, back in the Bone Screw days, we remember the presumption against...more

NJ Supreme Court Holds Intervening Mortgage Takes Priority After Discretionary Advances by Initial Mortgagee

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently clarified its rules regarding mortgage priority, holding that a factoring company’s secured first mortgage can be trumped by a law firm’s later-filed mortgage where the factoring company...more

Tick Tock: Proofs of Claim, the FDCPA and Stale Debt Clock

On August 25, 2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Dubois v. Atlas Acquisitions LLC, (In re Dubois), No. 15-1945 (4th Cir. Aug. 25, 2016) and joined a majority of other circuits holding that the...more

Non-Final Finality: Does One Interlocutory Issue Resolved in a Bankruptcy Court Order Render All Issues Addressed in the Order...

As the Supreme Court recently reminded us in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank, not all orders in bankruptcy cases are immediately appealable as a matter of right. Only those orders deemed sufficiently “final” may be appealed...more

August 2016: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation Update

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Disagrees with Second Circuit on Implied Preemption of State-Law Fraudulent Transfer Claims Brought by Creditors. In recent years, several bankruptcy and district courts have addressed whether the...more

The A++ Forms and Resources–Defending Depositions, Prepping Your Witness, Practical Tips and Key Errors to Avoid

Editor’s Note: Ok, we know, this is waaaay to long for a blog post. But this is just too good not to share! In our continuing effort to avoid re-inventing the wheel, getting the easy stuff down to checklists, and helping...more

The Impact of PROMESA on Creditors

On June 30, 2016, the United States Senate passed the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act” (“PROMESA”) and it was quickly signed into law by President Obama. PROMESA enables the Commonwealth of...more

Losing Both Ways: Debtor Diligence in the Identification of Claims

Two recent cases serve as reminders the devil is truly in the details. As to the front-end risks associated with an early § 363(f) sale, in In re Motors Liquidation Company (the “GM” case) we have seen a $10 billion reminder...more

Troubled Waters: The Raging Storm Over Safe Harbors

Two United States courts recently issued decisions involving the scope of the Bankruptcy Code’s safe-harbor provision in section 546(e) related to avoidance actions. In one, in the Second Circuit, the court took a broad...more

Seventh Circuit: Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Does Not Shield From Avoidance Transfers Made Through Financial Institution Conduits

In FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management Group, LP, the Seventh Circuit recently held that transfers are not protected under the safe harbor of section 546(e) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code from fraudulent transfer and other...more

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