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Creditors Committees’ Members May Not Be Sued Absent Bankruptcy Court’s Permission

The Barton doctrine (named after the Supreme Court case Barton v. Barbour, 104 US 126 (1881)), generally prohibits suits against receivers and bankruptcy trustees in forums other than the appointing courts, absent appointing...more

From Federal Procedure Rules to State Bar Association Rules —Lawyers Need Tech Skills to Remain Competent

Today, amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy Procedure go into effect. Based on these amendments, litigators may want to brush up on their tech skills. In fact, litigators may be...more

Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements? Not as 'Fresh & Easy' as You Think

Many companies require their employees to sign employment agreements in which the employees agree that any claims they have against the company, including class action claims, will be decided only through private arbitration...more

How to enforce adjudication decisions and deal with insolvency

Adjudications on the increase - Anecdotal evidence suggests that adjudications are still on the increase. This increase is supported by the statistics in the Adjudication Society's 15th report, which shows a 5 per cent...more

Clarity on Clawback Claims in Cayman

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal recently smoothed the path for Cayman liquidators to pursue clawback claims. The decision clarifies the Cayman courts’ approach to voidable preference payments, making it easier for Cayman...more

Not Entitled to Makewholes? Not So Fast...

Throwing yet another wrench into the long-running and hard fought bankruptcy proceedings of Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al., the Third Circuit recently reversed the decisions of the Delaware bankruptcy and district...more

Make-Whole Momentum Halted: Third Circuit Rejects Momentive Rationale and Requires Debtor to Pay Make-Whole Premium

In a recent decision (“Energy Future Holdings”) poised to have wide-reaching implications, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decisions of the Bankruptcy and the District Courts to hold that a debtor cannot use a...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals: Energy Future Required to Pay Make-Whole Payments

In a decision released on November 17, 2016, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the holding of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, affirmed by the District Court, that EFIH is not required to pay make-whole payments. In...more

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Obligations and Risks of Third-party Witnesses under Rule 2004 Examinations.

Two recent Bankruptcy Court cases both remind and illustrate the power and risks presented by discovery of facts and documents under Bankruptcy Rule 2004, showing that it can compel third parties to provide information to...more

Preliminary Injunctions in Bankruptcy Courts: Can a Litigant Get a Second Opinion?

District courts can hear an appeal from any interlocutory order, as long as they agree to accept the appeal. 28 U.S.C. § 158(a)(3). Final judgments, orders and decrees are always immediately appealable. 28 U.S.C. §...more

Third Circuit Upholds The Enforceability Of Make-Whole Premiums In Post-Bankruptcy Context

In a recent November 17, 2016 opinion, Delaware Trust Co. v. Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC, Case No. 16-1351, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed two lower court opinions by holding that make-whole...more

Third Circuit Rules Make-Whole Provisions Enforceable in the Energy Future Bankruptcy

On November 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Court”) made clear its stance on the question of enforceability of make-whole provisions in bankruptcy. Bucking the recent trend seen in cases such as In...more

Third Circuit Rules in Favor of Noteholders on Make-Whole Provision in Debt Indenture

Debt indentures often contain what is known as a “make-whole” provision, which requires the borrower, upon an early repayment of the debt, to make an additional payment to the lender to compensate the lender for its...more

EFIH Noteholders Find Redemption for the Payment of Make-Whole Premiums

On November 17, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision in which it held that holders of first lien notes and second lien notes of Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC and...more

Consumer Data Privacy in Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy law and privacy law may appear to be wholly separate areas of the law, but they overlap more than one might anticipate. Balancing individual rights and interests to achieve a social good is at the heart of both...more

How Do I Distribute Funds When One Of The Parties Provides A Social Security Number That Is Not His?

QUESTION: I am getting ready to close my receivership and distribute the funds in the estate to the two parties. I have just learned that the Social Security number one of the parties gave me is not his. What should I do?...more

Triumph for Energy Future Noteholders in Third Circuit Make-Whole Decision

On November 17, 2016, in Delaware Trust Co. v. Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC (In re Energy Future Holdings Corp.), Case No. 16-1351 (3d Cir. Nov. 17, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds that a Debtor who Elects to “Surrender” Real Property Cannot Oppose the Lender’s Foreclosure Case

In In re Failla, 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit resolved a split among Florida bankruptcy judges by ruling that a debtor who elects to "surrender" real property during its bankruptcy case cannot...more

Seeking Punitive Damages Can Expand Scope of Discovery

As litigators are well aware, a lawsuit frequently begins and ends with discovery. Complaints must be carefully worded and allegations carefully chosen in order to maximize success in developing a record and in exploring...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Itself on Payment of Default Interest in Cure Cases

Reversing its long standing precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that when a chapter 11 debtor cures a default under its loan agreements, the debtor is required to pay default interest as required...more

Blog: Ninth Circuit Rules That A Purchaser of An Insider’s Claim Should Not Be Deemed an Insider for the Purposes of Voting on a...

Before a bankruptcy court may confirm a chapter 11 plan, it must determine if any of the persons voting to accept the plan are “insiders,”i.e., individuals or entities with a close relationship to the debtor. Because the...more

You Can Go Your Own Way… Unless the Supreme Court Reverses Jevic

On November 28, 2016, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the appeal of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors v. CIT Group/Business Credit Inc. (In re Jevic Holding Corp.), 787 F.3d 173 (3d Cir....more

How does a creditor obtain relief from a receivership stay order?

QUESTION: I am a receiver in a case where the court issued an injunction staying all litigation and creditor action against the entity and assets in receivership. A secured creditor wants to foreclose on one of the estate’s...more

Ninth Circuit Overturns Entz-White Lumber; Avoiding Default Interest Via Cure Through Chapter 11 Plan No Longer Valid

In the case of Pacifica L 51, LLC v. New Investments, Inc. (In re New Investments, Inc.), 9th Cir. November 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a Chapter 11 debtor could not avoid paying default...more

Got A Priority Bankruptcy Claim? Nothing To Worry About Then, Right? Wrong.

It is a fundamental rule of bankruptcy that the claims of junior creditors cannot be satisfied until the claims of more senior creditors are paid in full, absent the senior creditors’ consent. In a chapter 7 liquidation case,...more

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