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Fee Award Rendered In Defense Of Fee Application Is Overturned

In Baker Botts LLP v. ASARCO LLC, 2015 DJDAR 6509, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Section 330(a)(1) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not authorize an award of attorney fees for defending a fee application....more

Civil Code Reform: New Provisions on Contracts and Obligations

On 8 March 2015, the President signed Federal Law No. 42-FZ "On Amending Part 1 of the Russian Civil Code." The amendments aim at increasing the stability and predictability of contractual relations under Russian law at...more

The Viability of the Equitable Mootness Doctrine in the Third Circuit: A Moot Point?

In the bankruptcy context, effectively appealing an order confirming a debtor’s plan of reorganization is not always a sure bet, as a court may refuse to entertain the appeal in the name of equitable mootness. Equitable...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Allows Debtor to Sidestep “Make-Whole” Payment

Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi recently ruled in the Energy Future Holdings case that the debtor will not be required to pay the $431 million “make whole” demanded by bondholders upon the debtor’s early payment of...more

The “American Rule” Prevails: The Supreme Court denies certain fees in bankruptcy cases

In 2005, ASARCO LLC, a copper mining, smelting and refining company, was in financial trouble and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Relying on §327(a) and §1107(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, ASARCO retained two law firms to...more

Can The Illegality Defence Bar A Claim Against A Dishonest Director?

In Jetivia SA & anr v Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) & ors [2015] UKSC 23, 22 April 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on the law of corporate attribution and the "illegality defence", which holds that a party cannot pursue a...more

Can The Illegality Defence Bar A Claim Against A Dishonest Director?

In Jetivia SA & anr v Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) & ors [2015] UKSC 23, 22 April 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on the law of corporate attribution and the "illegality defence", which holds that a party cannot pursue a...more

U.S. Supreme Court: Attorney’s Fees Provisions Must be Strictly Construed

“Our basic point of reference when considering the award of attorney’s fees is the bedrock principle known as the American Rule: Each litigant pays his own attorney’s fees, win or lose, unless a statute or contract provides...more

Pay to Play: §327(a) Professionals Pay their Own Defense Costs in Litigation Challenging Fee Applications

On June 15, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States made clear that attorneys and other professionals hired under §327(a) of the Bankruptcy Code are not entitled to fees for their time spent litigating a §330(a)(1) fee...more

Baker Botts v. Asarco: The Supreme Court Shows Again That It Really Doesn’t Understand Corporate Bankruptcy Cases

The Supreme Court has not handled its recent major bankruptcy decisions well. The jurisdictional confusion engendered by its 2011 decision in Stern v. Marshall was only partially clarified by this term’s opinion in Wellness...more

Did Justice Thomas Foreshadow the Downfall of Obamacare in Baker Botts?

By no means do we think that we might reliably predict the outcome of such a politically charged case as King v. Burwell, No. 14-114, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. But for those who like to read tea...more

Supreme Court Decides Baker Botts L.L.P. v. ASARCO LLC

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Baker Botts L.L.P. v. ASARCO LLC, No. 14-103, holding that § 330(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code does not permit bankruptcy courts to award fees that § 327(a) professionals incur...more

The Monetary Risks of Filing an Involuntary Bankruptcy Petition

The Bankruptcy Code offers several advantages for the creditors of financially distressed individuals and corporations, including federal court supervision of a possibly untrustworthy debtor and mitigation of the risk of...more

Bankruptcy Blog Re: Debtor’s Funds When Case Is Converted From Chapter 13 To Chapter 7

The Supreme Court of the United States was recently asked whether, when a debtor in good faith converts a bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 after confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan, undistributed funds held by the Chapter 13...more

Can Attorneys Get Paid for Defending Their Right to Get Paid? Supreme Court Set to Decide in Baker Botts, L.L.P. v. ASARCO, L ....

Currently before the Supreme Court is Baker Botts, L.L.P. v. ASARCO, L.L.C. ,in which the Court will determine whether bankruptcy judges have discretion to award compensation for the defense of a fee application under 11...more

Judge Protects GM Against Most, But Not All, Ignition Switch Claims

Judge Robert Gerber ruled last week that General Motors LLC (“New GM”), the entity formed in 2009 to acquire the assets of General Motors Corporation (“Old GM”), is shielded from a substantial portion of the lawsuits based on...more

Arizona Enacts New Asbestos Trust Claim Disclosure and Evidence Statute

The Arizona legislature recently enacted A.R.S. § 12-782 to prohibit claimants from obtaining duplicative or excessive recoveries in asbestos personal injury lawsuits. Section 12-782 impacts personal injury plaintiffs that...more

The Golf Channel Needs a Mulligan

“Mulligan,” in golf parlance, is the opportunity to hit a golf shot, a “do over,” when the previous shot was not quite the one desired by the golfer. The “Mulligan” replaces the previous shot, which then does not count toward...more

Full And Frank Disclosure Obligation Breached But Injunction Upheld

In JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank & anr v Sergei Viktorovich Pugachev [2014] EWHC 4336 (Ch), 19 December 2014, Mann J refused to discharge a GBP 1.2 billion worldwide freezing injunction despite finding, inter alia,...more

Bankruptcy Beat: The Automatic Stay Does Not Preclude A Foreclosure Committee From Seeking Fees From A Non-Debtor Party In A...

On January 5, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision concerning the applicability of the automatic stay of Bankruptcy Code Section 362(a) (the “Automatic Stay”), which decision highlights and clarifies...more

Petitioning Creditor Concerns in Involuntary Chapter 11

In DVI Receivables XIV, LLC, et al. v. Rosenberg, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a bankruptcy court's award of approximately $1 million in compensation for the debtor's...more

Directors of Nonprofit Held Financially Liable for Relying on Incompetent Officers and Lack of Oversight

In a striking decision earlier this year, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury’s findings of liability for breach of fiduciary duties and ‘deepening insolvency,’ and the award of $2.25 million in compensatory...more

Erasing The Invisible Line In The Sand: The Need To Amend Section 1307(C) Of The Bankruptcy Code To Establish A Statutory Basis Of...

Bad faith. These two words alone are troublesome to almost all attorneys, especially those who regularly practice in bankruptcy court. Yet there have always been Petitions for Relief filed for improper reasons. ...more

A WARN Act Roundup: Jury Trial Rights, the Unforeseen Business Circumstances Defense, and the Single Employer Rule

Towards the end of 2014, three federal courts explored developing issues under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN Act), 29 U.S.C. §§ 2101-2109 et. seq. Below is a summary of three...more

Congress To Revisit Patent Litigation Reform With New “Innovation Act”

In January, the 114th Congress arrived in Washington, D.C., with Republicans controlling both the Senate and the House of Representatives for the first time since 2006. On February 5, 2015, a group of legislators launched a...more

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