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Bankruptcy Court Rules "Make-Whole" Provision Creates Enforceable Liquidated Damages

by Jones Day on

The Situation: After a ruling in In re Ultra Petroleum Corp. by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, certain private-placement noteholders are entitled to a "make-whole" premium in excess of $200...more

Texas Supreme Court Dabbles in Bankruptcy Law

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Noble Energy Inc. v. ConocoPhillips Company, a 6-to-3 Texas Supreme Court decision, is a reminder of two things: How parties to a property transaction describe what’s being acquired and what’s being left behind can have...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

Third Circuit Holds that Automatic Perfection Provisions Are Not So Automatic

by Bracewell LLP on

Close to ten years have passed since the filing of the chapter 11 cases of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based SemCrude L.P., but this week, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2015 district court ruling that resolved a dispute...more

Time Is Money: Historical Strip Prices and Valuation in Oil & Gas Bankruptcies

by WilmerHale on

Timing is key to valuation of all types and in all contexts. But in bankruptcy, valuation timing can take on heightened importance because a central element of bankruptcy involves distributing value as of a specific point in...more

SC utilities to suspend nuclear construction

by PretiFlaherty on

Two South Carolina utilities have announced their decisions to cease work on two new nuclear units under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. The project to develop Units 2 and 3...more

Delaware Court Denies Request of Beverly Hills Entities to Require Chapter 11 Debtor to Properly Abandon Wells

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In In re Venoco, LLC, 2017 WL 2374683 (May 31, 2017), the Delaware bankruptcy court denied the request of California governmental agencies to require the Debtor to comply with environmental obligations with regard to an oil...more

Third Circuit Rejects Unsecured Oil Producers’ Claims of Automatic Perfection

by King & Spalding on

On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Court”) issued an opinion, upholding a district court’s ruling that downstream purchasers took oil purchased from a bankrupt intermediary, SemGroup L.P....more

Third Circuit Rejects Oil Producers’ Security Interest Arguments In Midstream Provider’s Bankruptcy Proceeding

On July 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided an important case involving oil and gas producers, intermediaries, and the ultimate purchasers of the oil and gas. The case, a bankruptcy matter, is In re:...more

Countering counterparty insolvency

by Hogan Lovells on

These days, the threat of counterparty insolvency looms over the energy sector: whether it is a natural disaster or precipitous decline in the price of oil, perhaps no industry is more susceptible to the financial decline and...more

GFES Liquidation Trust – Motion To Abate – Denied

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We have previously posted about a couple major milestones for Green Field Energy – here Green Field Energy Files for Bankruptcy Protection in Delaware and Green Field Energy Services – Preference Actions Filed. Alan...more

The Stone Energy Bankruptcy: Lessons for the JOA

by Locke Lord LLP on

In 2011, Stone Energy Corporation and Triad Hunter, LLC entered into a development agreement for the exploration of about 4,200 acres in West Virginia under a 1989 form JOA. Each party owned 50% and Stone was designated as...more

O.W. Bunker: Some Modest Considerations

by Vedder Price on

Vessels cannot sail without fuel. This industry truth is recognized in contracts and under U.S. maritime law. In fact, enabling ship operators to efficiently obtain fuel is so important that U.S. maritime law purports to...more

Oil and Gas Industry Update: District Court Upholds Rejection of Sabine Gas Gathering Agreements

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In a highly anticipated decision—HPIP Gonzales Holdings, LLC v. Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.), 2017 BL 83510 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2017)—Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

District Court Upholds Bankruptcy Court’s Ruling on Rejection of Gathering Agreements

by King & Spalding on

On March 10, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the“Court”) affirmed on appeal a bankruptcy court’s prior decision in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. that permitted a debtor to reject a...more

Energy Alert: The Court of Appeal Upholds the Redwater Decision

by Field Law on

Field Law’s Energy Group continues to follow developments regarding the Redwater Energy case. This Energy Alert summarizes the Alberta Court of Appeal’s recent decision on the matter. ...more

SDNY District Court Upholds Rejection of Mineral Gathering Agreements

by LeClairRyan on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in the case of HPIP Gonzalez Holding, LLC v. Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.), recently affirmed three decisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court...more

Sabine: The Next Episode

by Bryan Cave on

On June 16, 2016, The Bankruptcy Cave gave you our previous summary of the controversial Sabine decision. When Bankruptcy Judge Chapman determined there was no reason to expedite review of her decisions in the case, we...more

Rejecting Midstream Agreements in Bankruptcy – the Journey Continues

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

One of the hottest issues from 2016 was whether an E&P debtor can reject, under section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, an above-market midstream contract. Given the potential for a “no-win” situation, in all but one case where...more

District Court Upholds Controversial Bankruptcy Decision in Sabine

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a Memorandum Order, in which it affirmed a controversial bankruptcy court ruling. The district court agreed with the bankruptcy court...more

District Court Upholds Bankruptcy Court’s Ruling on Rejection of Gathering Agreements

by King & Spalding on

On March 10, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) affirmed on appeal a bankruptcy court’s prior decision in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. that permitted a debtor to reject...more

Coming Down the Pipeline: Mitigating the Payment Risk in Oil and Gas Construction Through Lien Claims

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Since 2015, the oil and gas market has experienced significant distress. Recent reports have tracked at least 114 North American oil and gas producers and 16 midstream companies that have filed for bankruptcy since the...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – January 2017

by King & Spalding on

Managing Risks in Acquisitions from Financially Challenged Sellers in the Resources & Energy Sector - Low Commodity Prices - After a decade long boom in the resources and energy sector, prices across almost all...more

Eastern District of Louisiana Dismisses Officer Compensation Fraudulent Transfer Claims in Tow v. Bulmahn

by Locke Lord LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee’s claims against officers and inside directors of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation in Tow v. Bulmahn on Wednesday. In Tow v....more

R&I Update: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 5: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Sends Covenant Question to North Dakota

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Like the wild prairie rose that punctuates the North Dakota plains, the issue of whether a debtor can reject its midstream agreements is back after a brief period of dormancy. In Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings,...more

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