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MN Supreme Court: Creditors May Void Fraudulent Transfers of Assets in Uncontested Divorces

On July 9, 2014, in Citizens State Bank Norwood Young America v. Gordon Brown, et al., the Minnesota Supreme Court held that Minnesota's Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act ("MUFTA") may be applied to transfers of assets made as...more

Tronox Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (In re Tronox Inc.) – Bankruptcy Court Takes Unusual Steps to Declare Corporate...

Companies that have valuable assets but also face significant liabilities will sometimes engage in restructurings to isolate, or “ring-fence,” the good assets from the liabilities. Often the companies are able to accomplish...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Bankruptcy Court Applies To Collateral Estoppel To State Court Judgement For Fraud and Vexatious Litigation In...

In her first published decision, rendered in Mexico Construction and Paving v. Thompson (In re Thompson), Case No. 11-32924, Adv. Pro. No. 12-03065 (Bankr. D. Conn May 22, 2014), Judge Julie A. Manning held on the basis of...more

Clawback Suit Targets International Investors

In 2008, a few months before the $65 billion Madoff Ponzi scheme fell apart, the $3.65 billion Petters Ponzi scheme made headlines. Tom Petters told investors that they were financing the purchase and sale of consumer...more

SEC Obtains Freeze Order Against Recidivist And His Entities

The Commission brought an action against a securities law recidivist and his entities who had raised about $22 million in a fraudulent investment scheme. When the action was filed a temporary freeze order was obtained. Later...more

Ruling Explains and Extends Application of Good Faith Defense to Fraudulent Transfer Actions in SIPA Context

In an April 27, 2014 decision in the Madoff cases, Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled that the standard of good faith should be considered differently in a Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) liquidation. To defeat a good faith...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Denies Derivative Standing to Creditor Seeking Recharacterization

In that case, Walnut Creek Mining Company (“Walnut Creek”), the debtor Optim Energy’s largest unsecured creditor, sought standing to pursue recharacterization, equitable subordination, and fiduciary duty claims on behalf of...more

Does the Business Judgment Rule Protect Bank Officers and Directors?

When a corporation suffers significant losses, or ultimately fails, frustrated shareholders, creditors, or others often try to sue the corporation and/or its officers and directors for losses caused by mismanagement of the...more

Bankruptcy Court Shields Equity Sponsors Serving as Secured Lenders from Individual Creditor Seeking to Litigate Subordination and...

In a recent case — In re Optim Energy, LLC — the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied an individual creditor’s request to pursue the subordination or recharacterization of the claims of secured lenders who were also the debtors’...more

Connecticut District Court Affirms Ruling that Collateral Estoppel Effect of California Judgments for Fraud Established Them as...

Debts based on fraud are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, but to achieve that result the aggrieved creditor must ordinarily commence a non-dischargeability action and prove the fraud. However, when an action for fraud is...more

Unpaid Employer Contributions as Plan Assets: Expansion Of Liability Under ERISA

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), requires trustees of multiemployer pension and benefit funds to collect contributions required to be made by contributing employers under their...more

California Court: Commercial Crime Policy Rescinded Due To Insured’s Material Misrepresentation Concerning Handling of Funds

Kurtz v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., et al., Case No. 2:11-cv-7010 (C.D.Cal. April 14, 2014), was an insurance coverage dispute arising out of the downfall of Los Angeles businessman Ezri Namvar who has also been referred...more

Legislative Trial Balloon for Puerto Rico Public Corporation Insolvency Process Attracts Bondholder Attention

Last Tuesday, Puerto Rico sold its much ballyhooed $3.5 billion in non-investment grade general obligation bonds. Two days later, two legislators in Puerto Rico’s Senate filed a bill which, if enacted, would permit...more

Stanwich Clarifies Wagoner Rule in Fraudulent Transfer Cases

In the Second U.S. Circuit, the so-called Wagoner rule deprives a trustee of standing to sue third parties, such as lawyers and investment bankers, if the bankrupt corporation participated with them in defrauding creditors. A...more

Limited Defenses Available Against FDIC As Receiver

As of August 2013, since the fallout from the recent financial crisis, the FDIC as receiver for failed banks has brought suit against former directors and officers of 76 failed institutions. These lawsuits are based on...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Judge Might Lose Grip on the Case  [Video]

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The possibility that the most significant decisions affecting Detroit will not be made in bankruptcy court elevates the motor city to the "Case of the Week" status on the bankruptcy video with...more

New York’s Lichtenstein Decision Highlights Conflicts of a Carve-Out Guarantor

The recent New York case of Lichtenstein v. Willkie Farr addresses a borrower's conflict caused, in part, by a loan covenant. The covenant invoked personal liability of the members in the event the entity files a voluntary...more

First Circuit Finds that a Private Equity Fund Can Be Liable for the Pension Obligations of its Portfolio Company

In Sun Capital Partners III, L.P. et al. v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 12-2312, 2013 WL 3814985 (1st Cir. July 24, 2013), the First Circuit held that a private equity fund could be liable for...more

Factors in Forfeiture: Eleventh Circuit Rules in Seizure of Rothstein Ponzi Assets

In a ruling applying conflicting precedents, the Eleventh Circuit identified factors courts should consider when determining whether certain accounts are subject to asset forfeiture....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - July 22, 2013

SEC and EU Supervisory Cooperation for Asset Management Industry - On July 19, the SEC announced that it signed various memoranda of understanding with the financial regulators of 25 member states of the EU and 3...more

Bear Stearns Liquidators Brings Fraud Action Against Rating Agencies

On July 9, the joint official liquidators of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. filed suit against three rating agencies – Standard & Poors, Moody’s and Fitch – in New York state court over the agencies’ allegedly fraudulent investment...more

U.S. Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split in Bullock v. BankChampaign, N.A.

One of the primary purposes of bankruptcy is to provide for the discharge of certain debts in order to enable a debtor to obtain a "fresh start" post-bankruptcy. Notwithstanding this specific purpose, section 523 of Title 11...more

CFPB uses enforcement powers in attempt to shut down debt relief company in Florida

This past Thursday, the CFPB announced that it filed a complaint against a Florida debt-relief company that misled consumers across the country. Following an investigation into American Debt Settlement Solutions, Inc. (ADSS)...more

Rogers Towers: Debts Non-Dischargeable When Use of Proceeds Intentionally Misrepresented

When an individual obtains a loan with no intention of repaying the lender, it is well established that such a debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. If, however, a debtor does not misrepresent its intent to repay the...more

How Graphics Helped a Trial Team Show Complex Data and Win

I love hearing the news that one of our clients had a great result using the work we did for them. The most recent big win I’m happy to report is Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, won a major lender liability/wrongful...more

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