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Beware of Prior Act Exclusions and Retroactive Dates When Procuring or Renewing Coverage

An 11th Circuit decision issued earlier this year serves as a reminder of the importance of carefully evaluating time-based exclusions and retroactive dates when procuring or renewing coverage. Liability policies such as...more

Equitable Mootness Doctrine Persists in Bankruptcy Appeals

In recent years, courts have become increasingly critical of the doctrine of equitable mootness, a judicially created abstention doctrine that allows appellate courts to dismiss appeals from a bankruptcy court’s confirmation...more

Sands Anderson Report on Toys 'R' Us First Day Hearing in Bankruptcy Filings

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Toys ‘R’ Us, Inc. and its affiliates have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division. Sands Anderson’s attorneys attended today’s “First Day”...more

Supreme Court Declines to Resolve Circuit Split on Debt Recharacterization

On August 10, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rescinded the grant of certiorari in PEM Entities LLC v. Levin on the grounds that review had been “improvidently granted.” The case seemingly provided a perfect vehicle to resolve...more

A Pending Supreme Court Ruling Can’t Create a Claim that Doesn’t Currently Exist

After hearing oral argument at confirmation on August 30, 2017, the bankruptcy court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a written opinion in In re rue21, inc., et. al., Case No. 17-22045-GLT (Bankr. W.D. Pa....more

Single Purpose Limited Liability Companies for Liability Protection: A Word of Caution

by Williams Mullen on

It has become a fairly common practice among commercial and investment real estate owners to hold title to their various parcels in single purpose entities (“SPE’s”), most commonly limited liability companies (“LLC’s”). Many...more

Safe harbour and ipso facto reforms pass through the Senate

by DLA Piper on

Another step has been taken towards the introduction of a safe harbour for directors of insolvent companies and limited stay on the operation of ipso facto clauses. Late on Monday evening, after some debate, the Senate passed...more

Seventh Circuit Denies Trustee a Second Bite at the Avoidance Apple

The Seventh Circuit recently held, in Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 16-1896 & 16-1916, 2017 WL 3470145 (7th Cir. Aug. 14, 2017), that (i) a transfer previously authorized by a bankruptcy court order cannot be avoided due to the...more

Australian Court of Appeal Approves Use of "Holding" Deed of Company Arrangement

by Jones Day on

In Mighty River International Ltd v Hughes [2017] WASCA 152, the Western Australian Court of Appeal delivered a landmark decision approving the use of a "holding" deed of company arrangement ("DOCA")....more

Don't Want To Be The Next Kodak? Embrace Blockchain

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

For most of the 20th century, Eastman Kodak Co. (often referred to simply as Kodak) was one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Founded in 1888, Kodak dominated the film and camera markets — in 1976, Kodak had 90...more

Coordination and balance

by DLA Piper on

As reported previously, for the past few sessions, UNCITRAL’s Working Group V on Insolvency (WGV) has been concentrating on three key areas... Originally published in RECOVERY Magazine, Summer 2017 Please see full...more

The power of the collective: EIR in focus

by DLA Piper on

Catherine Burton brings an update on the Recast European Insolvency Regulation. The recast Insolvency Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 2015/848) (the recast regulation or EIR) was adopted by the European Parliament and...more

Russian Insolvency Law recently amended to expand vicarious liability. A new rescue procedure may also soon appear.

by Dentons on

Expanded vicarious liability rules - New Federal Law No. 266-FZ dated 29 July 2017 (the Amendment Law) introduces notable changes to Russia’s insolvency rules. Importantly, the law does away with the original provisions on...more

Wet Seal – Preference Actions Filed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On August 29, 2017, The Wet Seal, LLC filed preference actions against 67 defendants. The lead Wet Seal bankruptcy case is Case No. 17-10229 in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Wet Seal is represented by...more

Beware of the ABL Trap: The Challenges of Retail Chapter 11 Debtors and Asset Based Lending

An asset based loan (“ABL”) is often the financing of choice for retail borrowers – and for good reason. In its simplest form, an ABL is a credit facility, usually in the form of a revolving line of credit, the availability...more

Model Reorg Acquisition, LLC Files for Bankruptcy in Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On August 26, 2017, Model Reorg Acquisition, LLC, and eighteen of its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “Model Reorg” or “Debtors”), filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the...more

Tenants Beware – The Ninth Circuit Has Ruled That The Bankruptcy Code Can Be Used By A Landlord To Strip A Tenant’s Right To...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Just last month, the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Matter of Spanish Peak Holding II, LLC, that is potentially devastating to a tenant that leases property from a landlord that files for bankruptcy relief....more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Dismisses Claims Against Echo/RT Holdings In Raytrans Bankruptcy Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent decision of Klauder v. Echo/RT Holdings LLC (In re Raytrans Holding, Inc.), Adv. No. 15-50273 (CSS) (Del. Bankr. Aug. 10, 2017), Judge Sontchi granted Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss the Trustee’s Second Amended...more

Third Circuit Applies More Flexible Standard for WARN Exemption

The Third Circuit, in In re AE Liquidation, Inc., Case No. 16-2203 (3d Cir. Aug 04, 2017) held that the Debtors were not liable under the WARN Act for failing to warn employees of furloughs and layoffs until those furloughs...more

“Spanish Peaks” and Leases in a Landlord’s Bankruptcy – Tenants Beware!

The recent Spanish Peaks decision from the Ninth Circuit (covering Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) deepens the split in case law on the ability to strip off leases in a...more

The Jevic Files Continue: Pioneer-ing the Post-Jevic Era, and Wondering if Jevic Altered Critical Vendor Theory After All?

by Bryan Cave on

The Supreme Court’s Jevic ruling last spring remains a treasure trove of bankruptcy theory, suitable for the novice bankruptcy student and highly instructional for those of us who have practiced in chapter 11 for years. We at...more

Lehman Ruling Sets Stage For Future Subordination Contests

In the case In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 855 F.3d 459 (2d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court order subordinating the claims of former Lehman Brothers employees for...more

Third Circuit Ruling Impacts Oil & Gas Industry

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that significantly affects the rights of upstream producers. Applying Delaware law, the Third Circuit explained that the upstream producers...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves Separate Classification and Disparate Gifted Consideration Between General Unsecured Creditors

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court, in In re Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Case No. 17-10949 (Bankr. Del. July 24, 2017), confirmed a chapter 11 plan of reorganization despite separate classification and disparate gifted...more

In Brief: Second Circuit Reaffirms Broad Scope of Bankruptcy Code’s Subordination of Shareholder Claims

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Section 510(b) of the Bankruptcy Code provides a mechanism designed to preserve the creditor/shareholder risk allocation paradigm by categorically subordinating most types of claims asserted against a debtor by equityholders...more

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