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Bankruptcy Beat: Luck of the Irish Cannot Save Debtor’s Bankruptcy Appeal of Order Granting Relief from the Stay

The importance of obtaining a stay pending appeal of a bankruptcy court order lifting the automatic stay was recently illustrated in Dunne v. Ulster Bank (In re Dunne), 13 cv 00996-JBA (Mar. 11, 2014). In the Dunne case,...more

Stern Revisited, Testing the Jurisdictional Authority of the Bankruptcy Courts and Beyond

In January, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison. Executive Benefits is viewed by many as the sequel to Stern v. Marshall, 131 S. Ct. 2594, 180 L. Ed. 2d 475 (2011). In...more

Dodd-Frank’s Intersection with the Bankruptcy Code Could Have Significant Impact for Unsecured Creditors

On February 11th, the three private plaintiff-appellants and eleven State plaintiff-appellants in State National Bank of Big Spring, et al. v. Jacob J. Lew, et al. filed briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District...more

A Bankruptcy Court’s Newly Founded Ability to Certify Questions of Law, Namely Involving Corporate Law Issues, to the Delaware...

The Delaware State Legislature recently amended Article IV, section 11 of the Delaware Constitution to add United States Bankruptcy Courts to the expanding list of courts and agencies that may certify questions to the...more

Plaintiff Entitled To Appeal Fee Award Despite Bankruptcy Court Plan Confirmation

In Edwards v. Broadwater Casitas Care Center, 2013 DJDAR 15911 (2013), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided an interesting case involving the interplay of a petition for attorney fees...more

Revisiting the Concept of Prudential Standing: In re Ampal-American Israel Corp.

It is well recognized that there are penalties for violating the automatic stay. It does not follow, however, that any entity may seek to enforce the automatic stay. Recently, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the...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

Status as a Debtor not Enough to Confer Appellate Standing

“Standing” is a legal term of art that refers to a party’s ability to bring a cause of action, to intercede in one or to appeal the court’s judgment. To prove appellate standing in a bankruptcy proceeding, a party must show...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Listening in the Dark at the NCBJ  [Video]

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia asks Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle how he responded when the lights went out during his luncheon keynote speech at the annual convention of the National...more

The BVI Commercial Court – Interfacing with Arbitration

Key recent decisions in the BVI Commercial Court have shaped the applicability and enforcement of arbitration clauses and notably how they interface with BVI statutory remedies and liquidations. Harneys take a look at...more

Litigation News -- Summer 2013

In This Issue: "Can Bankruptcy Be A Tool To Combat Eminent Domain? Probably Not" and "Finding the Facts Before the Lawsuit Begins: Pre-Complaint Discovery in Pennsylvania" Excerpt from Can Bankruptcy Be A Tool...more

Court Approves Extension of the Automatic Stay in Detroit’s Chapter 9 Case to State Officials

On July 24, 2013, Judge Steven W. Rhodes of the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved the City of Detroit’s motion to extend the automatic stay to various non-debtor parties, including certain state...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

Bankrupt Municipality May Reduce Retiree Benefits

The bankruptcy of the largest U.S. city to file a chapter 9 bankruptcy petition has yielded a decision with serious implications for municipal creditors. Specifically, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern...more

“Let My People Go…to Delaware” - Paupers, Vagabonds and Fugitives from Justice Excepted

Originally published in the ABI Journal, Vol. XXXII, No. 2, March 2013. Delaware Local Bankruptcy Rule 9010-1 governs bar admissions and limits unfettered practice before its courts to those attorneys “admitted to practice...more

Top 5 Problems with Florida's (Un)Fair Foreclosure Act- HB 0087

Again, the Florida legislature is considering improvident foreclosure legislation, HB 0087, which will impair the rights of homeowners and provide banks with new rights to accelerate their rapid foreclosure of homes...more

Rogers Towers: Denial of Discretion: Eleventh Circuit Lacks Jurisdiction to Hear Bankruptcy Appeal

Even one year removed from the Supreme Court’s decision in Stern v. Marshall, which challenged the jurisdiction of a lower bankruptcy court, many practitioners and lenders alike are still left with unanswered questions...more

Stern v. Marshall Update – Ninth Circuit Holds That Bankruptcy Courts Lack Constitutional Authority To Finally Determine...

On December 4, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit added to the growing body of case law delineating the extent of bankruptcy courts’ jurisdiction in the wake the Supreme Court’s decision in Stern...more

Burr Alert: Evolving Bankruptcy Jurisdiction - Ninth Circuit Rules That Bankruptcy Courts Cannot Enter Final Judgment On...

Before the Supreme Court’s seminal ruling in Stern v. Marshall, bankruptcy courts regularly entered final orders in fraudulent conveyance actions and other “core” matters. In Stern v. Marshall, the Supreme Court ruled that...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Bankruptcy Trustee Cannot Pursue Former Directors Of Bankrupt Holding Company For Alleged Mismanagement Of...

On December 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court holding that a bankruptcy trustee lacked standing to sue former directors of an insolvent bank holding company for alleged...more

No Oregon Income Tax Nexus For Company Owning Intangibles Used In State

A federal bankruptcy court judge has held that Washington Mutual, Inc. (WMI), a parent holding company that owned bank subsidiaries conducting business in Oregon, did not have nexus in Oregon by virtue of its ownership of the...more

Ninth Circuit Prohibits Bankruptcy Courts from Entering Judgments on Fraudulent Conveyance Claims Against Non-Claimants

The Ninth Circuit recently held that: bankruptcy courts lack the constitutional authority to enter a final judgment on all fraudulent transfer claims against non-claimants, whether brought under state or federal law, and a...more

9th Circuit Issues Important Post-Stern Opinion

On Dec. 4, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit delivered its long-awaited decision in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison (In re Bellingham Insurance Agency, Inc.). The Bellingham decision...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

Law Prof: US Govt Ignoring Rule of Law & Harming Economy Further [Video]

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg Law) -- There are numerous examples of the federal government suspending or ignoring settled rules of law in order to quickly and effectively respond to particular problems created by the broader financial...more

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