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Bankruptcy Court Order Compelling Surrender of Property Upheld on Appeal

On November 23, 2015, in the first appellate decision of its kind, the District Court for the Southern District of Florida affirmed a bankruptcy court order to compel chapter 7 debtors to surrender real property by directing...more

Major Update to Bankruptcy Forms Effective December 1, 2015

On December 1, 2015, the Official Forms for use in bankruptcy courts will be updated. The changes were made as part of a forms modernization effort. Almost all of the Official Forms are being updated, including the bankruptcy...more

Deja vu Oil Over Again

Why this downturn will be just like, and nothing at all like, the last one In the mid-1980s, the price of crude oil dropped by more than half in a matter of months. By 1986, oil was trading around $10 a barrel, down from...more

Ninth Circuit Permits Lien-Voidance for Chapter 20 Debtors

Bankruptcy practitioners routinely advise secured creditor clients to file protective proofs of claim in bankruptcy proceedings despite those clients’ ability to ignore bankruptcy proceedings and decline filing claims without...more

Can A Receiver Be Appointed To Take Possession And Safeguard Transferred Property Pending Trial Of A Fraudulent Transfer Action?

QUESTION: I know receivers often bring actions to set aside fraudulent transfers and recover the property transferred, but can a receiver be appointed in a fraudulent transfer lawsuit to take possession of and safeguard...more

Third Circuit Holds Funds Escrowed By Secured Lender After Section 363 Sale Were Not Property of the Estate

In In re ICL Holding Co., Inc., et al., the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that funds escrowed by the secured lender for the payment of professional fees and other administrative expenses in connection with a Section 363...more

Lincoln General Insurance Company Enters Liquidation in Pennsylvania

The Insurance Commissioner of Pennsylvania has placed Lincoln General Insurance Company into liquidation in Pennsylvania. As a result, the Insurance Commissioner as Liquidator takes over the property, business, and affairs of...more

Owe way more on your car than it's worth? Bankruptcy might fix that.

If you owe way more on your car than it's worth, filing bankruptcy might fix that. Let's see how that might work....more

Extra-territorial effect of section 236 – the debate continues

Re Omni Trustees Ltd (In Liquidation) [2015] EWHC 2697 (Ch) - In an interesting judgment, the High Court in Manchester has decided not to follow the ruling from earlier this year of Mr Justice Richards in Re MF Global...more

Bank Settles with DOJ for $81.6 Million for Failing to Timely File Payment Change Notices for Homeowners in Bankruptcy

On November 5, the DOJ announced a proposed settlement with a bank for allegedly violating bankruptcy rules by not providing homeowners with required notices that would have allowed them to challenge the accuracy of increased...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Parallel Energy LP

Parallel Energy LP, an oil and natural gas developer in Texas and Oklahoma (TSX: PLT.UN), and one affiliate have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No....more

New Delaware Chapter 15 Filing – Essar Steel Algoma Inc. USA

The foreign representative of Essar Steel Algoma Inc. USA, Cannelton Iron Ore Company, Essar Steel Algoma (Alberta) ULC, Essar Steel Algoma Inc. and Essar Tech Algoma Inc. has filed chapter 15 petitions for those entities...more

In RE ICL Holding Co.: Roadmap For Avoiding The Absolute Priority Rule

In In re ICL Holding Co.,1 the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit a_rmed the bankruptcy court’s approval under 11 U.S.C.A. § 363(b) of the sale of all of the debtors’ assets to the secured lender group and...more

Case Update: Madden v. Midland Funding

On May 22, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in Madden v. Midland Funding that the federal preemption provision of the National Bank Act, 12 U.S.C. § 85, could not be invoked by a non-national bank...more

New York Law Governed Bonds are Sufficient “Property” for U.S. Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

To qualify as a “debtor” under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, an entity must reside, have a place of business or property in the U.S. It is common for non-U.S. entities that file for chapter 11 protection to rely on the “property”...more

The fiducie-sûreté: the most effective French security interest?

The fiducie has been the subject of increased interest by lenders over the past few years in France. Even though there is no significant case law supporting this, some academics have gone so far as to refer to this mechanism...more

Government Contract: How Can a Subcontractor Get Paid?

G4S Technology LLC v. US, 779 F.3d 1337 (Fed. Cir. 2015) – A subcontractor worked on construction of wireless broadband networks for rural communities that was funded in part by a loan to the prime contractor from a US...more

Assignments Of PACA Claims: New Opportunities For Unpaid Produce Sellers, Credit Insurance Companies, Claims Purchasers & Others

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”) is an invaluable tool for produce sellers to ensure repayment for goods sold and delivered. Traditionally, it has been used by sellers of produce to recover against...more

The California Supreme Court Will Hear Oral Argument in Coker v. JP Morgan Chase Bank on December 2, 2015

In my last post, I mentioned that the California Supreme Court would soon be deciding an important case — Coker v. JP Morgan Chase Bank — involving an anti-deficiency based challenge to a short sale....more

Bankruptcy of Motorways in Spain - New options for investment due to recent legal development

Motorway´s insolvency in Spain - Nine motorway companies that were financed by local and international banks during the mid-2000s entered into Insolvency proceedings. Recently two of these motorways: Aeropistas M-12...more

The Cape Town Convention in the UK: Effective 1 November 2015

Following accession to the Cape Town Convention1 by the UK on 27 July 2015, the International Interests in Aircraft Equipment (Cape Town Convention) Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) will enter into force on 1 November...more

Banks Beware: DIP Loans May Prime Setoff Rights

This question was posed to counsel seeking to have a debtor in possession (DIP) loan prime a setoff right, a situation which – if not monitored and timely objected to – may result in a bank (or other entity with a setoff...more

Nevada Supreme Court Opines On Scope Of Debtor’s Exemption For Stock

NRS 78.746 provides that, with several qualifications, the exclusive remedy of judgment creditors with respect to the stock in a relatively closely held corporation is to charge a stockholder’s shares.  To the extent so...more

New Case Poses Threat to Mortgage Servicers in Bankruptcies

A new decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit poses a serious threat to mortgage companies that service mortgages of chapter 13 debtors. Mortgage servicers should be aware of the case's implications and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Barclays and Wachovia Settle with NCUA - On October 19, 2015, Barclays PLC and Wachovia Capital Markets LLC agreed to pay $325 million and $53 million, respectively, to settle claims brought by the National Credit Union...more

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