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Appeals: Try, Try Again – If You Can Get Your Foot in the Door You May Succeed

Rev Op Group v. ML Manager LLC (In re Mortgages Ltd.), 771 F.3d 623 (9th Cir. 2014) – Under the terms of a debtor’s confirmed plan of reorganization, an entity (ML Manager) was designated to manage the debtor’s...more

Lender Beware: The Pitfalls of Narrowly Defined Secured Obligations

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit underscores the substantial risks secured lenders take when they narrowly define the obligations intended to be secured by their borrowers’...more

Third Circuit Finds Settlement Agreement to be Plan Modification

In SCH Corp. et al. v. CFI Class Action Claimants (In re SCH Corp.), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that a settlement agreement that constituted a plan modification request must be examined under 11 U.S.C. §1127 as...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

Does Non-Recourse Liability Still Exist?

Several years ago, the real estate financing market took an unexpected turn. In 2011, a court in Michigan rendered a decision which called into question whether a non-recourse loan was truly “non-recourse” (liability limited...more

Seventh Circuit Says Finding of Intent Must Be Explicit for Preclusive Effect in Non-Dischargeability Action

The Bankruptcy Code exempts from discharge those debts arising from willful and malicious injuries caused by the debtor. 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(6). Because debtors have a habit of filing bankruptcy soon after a judgment for such...more

Delaware USDC Rejects Chapter 7 Trustee’s Request for Direct Appeal to Third Circuit

In the on-going saga of the Conex v. Car-Ber Testing, Inc. adversary proceeding Judge Leonard P. Stark, of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, denied the Chapter 7 Trustee’s request to allow a...more

USDC For Delaware Affirms Bankruptcy Court’s Denial Of Derivative Standing

On March 13, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, in the case of Walnut Creek Mining Company v. Cascade Investment, LLC, Civ. No. 14-738-LPS (In re Optim Energy, LLC, Bankr. Case No....more

Eleventh Circuit Sides with Majority in Approving Third Party Releases in Bankruptcy Plans

On March 12, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the authority of a bankruptcy court to issue non-consensual, non-debtor releases in connection with the confirmation of a plan of...more

Illinois Court Holds that Engineering Plat Did Not Improve Land, Rendering Mechanics Lien Invalid

The Illinois Appellate Court invalidated an engineering firm’s mechanics lien for platting of undeveloped land performed as due diligence before a sale, because the services provided by the firm did not increase or improve...more

Terminating a Lease Prior to Bankruptcy: Tricks and Traps

As many commercial landlords can attest based on experience, a tenant that files bankruptcy receives the benefit of rights and protections under the Bankruptcy Code that it would not have outside of bankruptcy. Among other...more

Nevada Supreme Court Addresses Private Sale Through Receivership

In U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Palmilla Development, Co., Inc., the Nevada Supreme Court recently confirmed that a receiver’s sale is a form of foreclosure sale that triggers a secured party’s right to a deficiency judgment. This...more

Distressed Download - March 2015

What Happens in Delaware Does Not Always Stay in Delaware: Caesars Victorious in Venue Battle - On Wednesday, January 28, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware transferred venue for the involuntary bankruptcy...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

Cases We’re Watching: CFPB v. Morgan Drexen

We don’t know about you, but we’ve been following the contentious litigation between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and debt-relief services company Morgan Drexen pretty closely. The CFPB filed its lawsuit in...more

Lapse into LASPO further delayed for insolvency practitioners

On Thursday 26th February, the Ministry of Justice announced that the insolvency exemption to sections 44 and 46 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (‘LASPO’) will continue for the time being,...more

Sale Orders: Ignore at Your Peril, Even After the Bankruptcy Case is Closed

Bombart v. The Family Center at Sunrise, LLC, 520 B.R. 300 (S.D. Fla. 2014) – The owner of assets purchased in a bankruptcy sale sought to reopen a closed bankruptcy case to obtain an order enjoining the owner of the...more

Update: Finding the Earliest and Least Expensive Exit from Financial Services Class Actions

In this Newsletter: - Gather The Facts And Assess The Risk Up Front. - If The Class Action Is Filed In State Court, Think Strategically About Whether To Remove. - Invest Time, Effort And Resources In...more

Judge Posner on Bankruptcy’s "Clean-Up" Jurisdiction

Most bankruptcy lawyers might think that the dismissal of a bankruptcy proceeding and the revesting of the bankruptcy estate’s assets in the debtor bring an end to the bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction....more

Puerto Rico Debt Recovery Act Ruled Unconstitutional1

On Friday February 6, the Puerto Rico Federal District Court ruled the Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act (the “Recovery Act”) unconstitutional. Franklin Calif. Tax-Free Trust, et al. v. Comm. Of Puerto Rico et al., (D.P.R.,...more

UCC Lien Termination Error May Result In Huge Loss For Lender

The legal principles governing corporate finance are often complex. Sometimes, however, the simplest of errors can be the most costly. Such was the case with a large syndicated secured loan made to General Motors. Due to a...more

Eight things we learned from the Detroit bankruptcy

Detroit’s historic trip through Bankruptcy Court ended in December 2014 with the confirmation of the City’s Plan of Adjustment, which trimmed $7 billion in debt from the city’s balance sheet and promised improved resident...more

Recording Notice of Default as Trustee Before Being Formally Made the Trustee Does Not Make Foreclosure Sale Void

In Ram, et al. v. OneWest Bank, FSB, et al. (filed 2/6/15, No. A139055), the California Court of Appeal held that a nonjudicial foreclosure sale is not void merely because the notice of default was recorded by an entity who...more

Bankruptcy Court Decides That The Bankruptcy Code Preempts California State Pension Laws

In a February 4, 2015 opinion, the bankruptcy judge presiding over Stockton, California's Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy case approved Stockton's bankruptcy plan of adjustment. In re City of Stockton, 2015 Bankr....more

ResCap Liquidating Trust Repurchase Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss in Part:

On February 3, Judge Martin Glenn of the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York denied defendants’ motions to dismiss four adversary proceedings brought by the liquidating trust for Residential...more

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