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American Airlines Merger: Still Up in the Air

We talked earlier about action taken by the Justice Department to halt the proposed merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways, which would form the largest airline in the world. Since that time, this interesting case has...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Big Time Lawyers Pricing Themselves Out [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Two significant Chapter 11 reorganizations in the Southern U.S. may be signs that lawyers in New York and Delaware are starting to price themselves out of the market, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and...more

Settlement Of The US Airways/American Airlines Merger Litigation Highlights Changing Antitrust Landscape

On November 12, 2013, US Airways, American Airlines, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), and several state Attorneys General announced an agreement to settle the antitrust litigation challenging the merger of the two...more

Could an Idaho Healthcare Merger Impact Other Mergers, Including the American/US Airways Merger?

With the trial over, post-trial briefs due November 1, and closing arguments scheduled for November 7, a lot more is at stake than whether St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”) can keep Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”) – a...more

High Flying Merger Meets Justice Department Impasse

As business law attorneys, we help our clients acquire, consolidate and merge their commercial interests. Sometimes attractive merger strategies run afoul of regulatory strategies, as in the recent matter of the proposed...more

Infrastructure Alert - October 1, 2013

As Congress has now failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund most federal operations, a government shutdown began this morning, the beginning of the federal government’s 2014 fiscal year. While exceptions are made for...more

US Airways and American Airlines Have a Potential Friend in FTC Commissioner Wright

In their answer to the government’s complaint challenging their proposed merger, US Airways and American Airlines (the “Airlines”) tout the “immense benefits to the traveling public” that the combined “US Airways and American...more

Second Circuit Rules Against Make-Whole Premium for Refinancing of Accelerated Debt

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a bankruptcy court’s decision enforcing indenture language providing for the automatic acceleration, without make-whole premium, of secured American Airline, Inc....more

American Airlines & US Airways Merger – Opposite positions taken by US and EU competition authorities

Whereas the European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulations the proposed merger between US Airways Group and AMR Corporation, including its main subsidiary American Airlines, on 5 August 2013, the U.S....more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Appeals Court Changes the Law on Fraud [Video]

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago may be out on a limb by itself, or an opinion this week may signal change in attitude toward lenders who discover a customer's fraud and do nothing, as Bloomberg...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: US Airways Need a Merger More than AMR  [Video]

Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The strength of the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust suit to block the merger between AMR Corp. and US Airways Group Inc. is the first topic on the video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and...more

District Court Clarifies Distinction Between Burdens of Proof on Stay Relief and Adequate Protection in American Airlines...

In AMR Corporation, et al., Debtors, Case No. 12-3967, 2013 WL 1339123 (S.D.N.Y. April 3, 2013), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York acknowledged that to be granted relief from the automatic...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Easterbrook Turns the Tide on Student Loans  [Video]

April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Why and when U.S.-managed hedge funds can go bankrupt in the Caribbean, not in the U.S., is the first item discussed on the new bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Sigmund Freud, Marx Brothers, Bernie Madoff [Video]

March 27 (Bloomberg Law) -- There was no settlement afoot when U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff put off a hearing on an effort by the trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC to block a $410 million settlement...more

Another example of “just not getting it”

The prior post contains a link to a story discussing one of Disney’s key philosophies–”It’s not my fault, but it is my problem.” When a park patron shares a problem with a Disney employee, it doesn’t matter that the employee...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: How Purchasers of AMR Stock Made a Killing  [Video]

March 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- Someone who bought stock in American Airlines last year already made a killing. Stock that could have been bought in November for less than 40 cents a share is now trading above $4, for...more

Clear Skies Seen Ahead for the American Airlines/U.S. Airways Merger

The recently announced merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways creates a new carrier that is a behemoth by any measure. The combined airline will have revenues of $39 billion, slightly larger than the current revenue...more

AMR Decision Highlights Bankruptcy Court Split on Enforceability of Ipso Facto Clauses

A recent ruling in the American Airlines bankruptcy case enforcing an automatic acceleration upon bankruptcy provision serves as a reminder that the enforceability of so-called ipso facto provisions in debt instruments...more

Aquila: M&A Looking Up in 2013; "The Negatives Are Built In"  [Video]

15 Feb. (Bloomberg Law) -- Frank Aquila, partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the prospects for mergers and acquisitions activity in 2013. Aquila notes that while 2012 was something of...more

Next Step in Airline M&A: Cross-Border Deals  [Video]

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- In light of the tentative deal for American Airlines and US Airways to merge, Frank Aquila, a mergers-and-acquisitions partner at New York's Sullivan & Cromwell, says US airline mergers have reached...more

Latest Trends in the Enforceability of Make-Whole Premiums

A lender’s entitlement to a make-whole premium, that is, a prepayment penalty designed to compensate the lender for the loss of interest payments it would have received had the borrower continued to service the debt through...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: AMR Make-Whole Opinion Vulnerable on Appeal [Video]

Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The case of the week on the Bloomberg bankruptcy video is the decision by Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane who concluded that American Airlines isn't obliged to pay several hundred million dollars in...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Fee Agreement Puts Law Firm In Trustee's Sights [Video]

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Law firm Kaye Scholer LLP and financial advisor Capstone Advisory Group LLC are in the sights of a U.S. Trustee aiming to claw back $12 million for an undisclosed agreement to share fees awarded in...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Big Surprises For AMR, MF Global Creditors [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Surprises about the financial condition of MF Global Holdings Ltd. and AMR Corp., the parent of American Airlines Inc., make up the first topic for discussion in the newest video by Bloomberg Law's Lee...more

Lonely Conspirators: Antitrust Liability When Nobody Joins Your Conspiracy

The worst antitrust offenses involve conspiracies involving multiple actors. Hard-core offenses under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, such as price-fixing, market division, customer allocation, or bid-rigging, require...more

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