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Security Interest v. License Agreement: Low Tech Precautions for the High Tech Investment

In this exciting age of startups, the market is brimming with opportunities for individuals and entities alike to invest in emerging companies. Today’s rapid rate of technology development justifies investors’ eagerness to...more

Bachmanity – From Sizzle to Fizzle and Maybe Bachruptcy (Silicon Valley – Episode 24)

At its heart, Episode 24 was about relationships – from the wayward dating lives of Richard and Dinesh to Big Head and Ehrlich’s marriage of “Bachmanity”, the Pied Piper entourage found themselves faced with the messy...more

Bitcoin Is “Property,” Rules California Judge in Pivotal Bitcoin Case

Last week, we blogged about the latest development in Bitcoin news: how a California bankruptcy court will define Bitcoin. That was the subject of a trustee’s clawback suit against Marc Lowe, a former employee of Hashfast...more

Emerging Cybersecurity Company’s Distress Offers Important Lessons for Licensees and Lenders

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision in the case of Cyber Solutions International LLC v. Pro Marketing Sales, Inc. Although the decision blazes no new legal territory, the...more

Blog: A Reminder Of The Limits Of Section 365(n)’s Licensee Protection

A decision last month by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire serves as a good reminder that, although helpful, Bankruptcy Code Section 365(n)’s protection for intellectual property licensees definitely...more

CR&B Alert: Commercial Restructuring & Bankrtupcy News - October 2015, No. 3

Welcome to the October 2015 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Readers who wish to print and read the newsletter in its entirety may do so by...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - May 2015

In this issue: - How Safe are the Bankruptcy Code Safe Harbors? - Stockton’s Chapter 9 Plan Approval - Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties of Insolvent Corporation Directors in Derivative...more

Eighth Circuit Says Focus is on the Intent of the Debtor in Fraudulent Transfer Law, Does Not Address Ponzi Scheme Presumption

This case is the product of yet another dispute in the extensive, multi-billion dollar fraud perpetrated by Tom Petters. In 2005, as the sole board member of Petters Group Worldwide, LLC (“PGW”), Petters directed the...more

Intellectual property rights under German insolvency law

German insolvency case law on intellectual property rights has experienced rapid development in recent years, while attempts by the German legislature to regulate this subject with precision have repeatedly failed. The...more

Points & Authorities - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups - California’s Water Anxiety Prompts Landmark Groundwater Legislation - Points from the President - Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien...more

Security Interests in Intellectual Property and Related Issues in Bankruptcy

Intellectual property (“IP”) can act as collateral to be pledged to secure an extension of credit. For example, a company that borrows money from a bank can pledge its patents as collateral for the loan. The bank (referred...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Application of Section 365(n) to Ensure Patent Licensees Sufficiently Protected in Granting Relief to...

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Jaffe v. Samsung Elecs. Co., Ltd., recently held that a U.S. bankruptcy court is not required under principles of comity to blindly apply foreign law to assets located in the...more

Ecotality Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Ecotality Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on October 3, 2013 Ecotality, a green-energy company backed by the U.S. government, has followed in the footsteps of many other electric car battery...more

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health by Joel R. Glucksman on October 1, 2013 Some municipalities are faring better than others in the health and vitality of their businesses and consumer spending. A...more

Moody’s: Energy Future Holdings in Danger of Bankruptcy

Moody’s: Energy Future Holdings in Danger of Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on September 24, 2013 Energy Future Holdings Corp. is facing a "high probability" of being forced to seek protection due to the danger of...more

GateHouse Media Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

GateHouse Media Seeks Bankruptcy Protection by Joel R. Glucksman on September 19, 2013 GateHouse Media, Inc., a company that owns more than 400 community newspapers and websites, announced its plans to seek bankruptcy...more

San Bernardino Commits to Mediation ‘Outline’

San Bernardino Commits to Mediation ‘Outline’ by Joel R. Glucksman on September 17, 2013 One week after a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge ruled that the city of San Bernardino is eligible to seek protection under the provisions...more

American Arbitration Association Issues Rule Update for Commercial Arbitration

American Arbitration Association Issues Rule Update for Commercial Arbitration by Robert Levy on September 12, 2013 The American Arbitration Association (AAA), which handles over 100,000 disputes each year, recently...more

Liechtenstein Bank Forced to Pay Tax Evasion Settlement IRS

Liechtenstein Bank Forced to Pay Tax Evasion Settlement IRS by Joseph M. Donegan on August 27, 2013 In another victory for the IRS and the Department of Justice, Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG - or Liechtenstein...more

Spouses Should Be Aware of ‘Gift-Splitting’ Criteria when Gifting Assets

Spouses Should Be Aware of ‘Gift-Splitting’ Criteria when Gifting Assets by Frank L. Brunetti on August 26, 2013 Lawmakers' decision to both set the estate tax at $5.25 million for 2013 and increase the annual gift tax...more

Government Lawsuit Seeks to Block AMUS Airways Merger

Government Lawsuit Seeks to Block AMUS Airways Merger by Joel R. Glucksman on August 23, 2013 A government lawsuit, filed by the Justice Department and several states, is seeking to halt the proposed American Airlines...more

Analysts Debate the Effectiveness of Municipal Bankruptcy on Improving Cities

Analysts Debate the Effectiveness of Municipal Bankruptcy on Improving Cities by Joel R. Glucksman on August 22, 2013 Five years after the Great Recession began, a number of cities across the country are still...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Lehman Test Case on Judicial Nullification [Video]

May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Although Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is out of bankruptcy a year, the case continues to make law. As Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle discuss on their...more

Always Be Prepared: Forecasting a Business Partner's Financial Problems and How to Prepare

As the American economy continues to slog through the ongoing Great Recession, even financially sound companies face challenges due to the continued economic malaise. In particular, a company that works with suppliers,...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Corporate Restructuring

The global reach of capital markets, financial difficulties in the eurozone and the multinational nature of many businesses and financial institutions have increased the importance of understanding legal, business and other...more

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