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Class Certification Granted to Former MF Global Employees Seeking Vacation Pay

Judge Glenn of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently granted class claim certification to a group of former MF Global employees seeking payment on account of unpaid accrued vacation time. ...more

Bankruptcy Protection for Inherited IRA

The already complicated subject of how to handle Individual Retirement Accounts following the death of an IRA holder just got a little more complicated with the recent Supreme Court decision in Clark v. Rameker. The issue in...more

When is a Retirement Account not a Retirement Account?

Q: When is a retirement account not a retirement account? A: When it's an inherited IRA and the owner is bankrupt. That's what the Supreme Court said last week in a case involving the Bankruptcy Code's exemption...more

Supreme Court Decides Retirement-Fund Bankruptcy Exemption Case: Clark v. Rameker

On June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Clark v. Rameker, No. 13-299, holding that funds in an individual retirement account (IRA) that a bankruptcy debtor obtained through inheritance are not "retirement...more

Bankruptcy Court Dismisses Class Action DFR Complaint Involving Airline Merger

One deliberately ironic facet of the 2004 film Howard Hughes bio-pic The Aviator (the one with Leonardo DiCaprio) is the fact that the airlines fighting for world dominance in the 1940s were Howard Hughes’ TWA and Juan...more

New York Bankruptcy Court Strikes Defenses To Federal And State WARN Acts

In re: Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, No. 12-12321 (MG) (S.D.N.Y. Bankr., April 10, 2014): As part of the bankruptcy proceedings involving Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York struck...more

Equity Investors: Be ForeWARNed

The Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act (WARN Act) requires certain employers to give employees 60 days’ notice of plant closings and mass layoffs. The goal of the WARN Act is to “provide workers and their...more

ERISA: 6th Circuit — Failing to Disclose Disability Claim in Bankruptcy NOT Fatal to Disability Lawsuit

What happens when a long term disability claimant declares bankruptcy, and fails to list the long term disability claim in the bankruptcy estate? Is he judicially estopped from bringing the lawsuit alleging wrongful...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

When is a total deficit not a total deficit? Another turn of events for pension contributions

Summary - On 18 December 2013, judgment of the High Court in England and Wales was handed down in a case relating to the insolvency of Lehman Brothers companies (In the Matters of Storm Funding Limited (In...more

The Plaintiff’s Bankruptcy as a Bar to Later Lawsuits

When does a plaintiff’s bankruptcy bar a later discrimination claim? The Ninth Circuit recently framed the issue with two cases...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #33

We are pleased to present the 33rd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight news that will have an impact on business and litigation, including extra-territorial...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Guaranty Fund's Indemnity Payments Not Limited By Statutory Cap

In Illinois (as in every other state), when an insurance company becomes insolvent and an order of liquidation is entered, the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund steps in and pays claims that the insolvent carrier could not...more

PBGC Finds Deep Pocket in Japan: U.S. Court Finds Parent Liable for Termination Underfunding

As the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) faces increasing strain on the pension insurance program it runs, it has become more aggressive in pursuing deep pockets after underfunded defined benefit plans are...more

Recent Decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit May Have Significant Implications for Private Equity Funds

In late July of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a Massachusetts District Court, and in a decision of first impression, held that one of Sun Capital Partner’s private equity funds was liable...more

OHSA Charges May Proceed Against Insolvent Company In CCAA Proceedings: Court

Occupational Health and Safety Act charges could proceed against an insolvent company even though it had obtained protection from its creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”), an Ontario judge has...more

A Warning Shot for Private Equity Funds: First Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Fund Engaged in a "Trade or Business" for Purposes...

Under Title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), withdrawal liability upon cessation of participation in a multiemployer pension plan and termination liability upon the involuntary or distressed...more

First Circuit: Private Equity Fund May Be “Trade or Business” and Subject to Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has recently held in Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 12-2312 (July 24, 2013), a case of first impression at the Circuit Court...more

PE Fund Deemed a 'Trade or Business'—May Be Liable for Portfolio Companies' Pensions

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the first federal appellate court to hold that a private equity (“PE”) fund can be a “trade or business,” and thus potentially included in a “controlled group” with its...more

Private equity fund deemed a “trade or business” under ERISA, exposing it to federal liabilities

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a private equity fund constituted a “trade or business” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and therefore, as a member of its...more

Is the First Circuit Egregiously Aggregating? Sun Capital Partners Case Holds That a Private Equity Fund Could Have ERISA...

The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the Sun Capital Partners case may be of concern to private equity funds and other investment funds that acquire or invest in portfolio companies with...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

First Circuit: Private Equity Sponsor Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Underfunding

In a decision that could have significant implications for private equity investors, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has determined that a private equity fund may be liable under ERISA for an...more

Private Equity Funds Can Be Liable for Portfolio Company Pension Plan Obligations

What you need to know: The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held that a private equity fund can be a “trade or business,” allowing the fund under certain circumstances to be liable under ERISA for the...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

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