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Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

Chancery Rules that Claims against General Partner are Direct, Allows Action to Proceed Despite Partnership’s Bankruptcy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Whether a claim against company management is direct or derivative is not infrequently disputed in litigation before the Delaware Court of Chancery. This determination becomes important in many contexts, including whether it...more

Bankruptcy Court Imposes Massively Disproportionate $45 Million Punitive Exaction, Then Plays Santa Claus With $40 Million Of It

A bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of California recently issued a decision that is sure to raise appellate eyebrows. Concluding in In re Sundquist that the defendant bank had violated the automatic stay by...more

Third Circuit Holds That Post-Petition Filing of NJ Construction Lien Violates the Automatic Stay

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On March 30, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals filed an opinion regarding whether the filing of a mechanic’s lien after the commencement of a bankruptcy case violates the automatic stay. Given the frequent involvement of ...more

Singapore Enacts New Corporate Bankruptcy Law to Promote International Debt Restructuring

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, Singapore's Parliament approved the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 ("Act") to enhance the country's corporate debt restructuring framework. The Act was assented to by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on March...more

Can a Creditor’s Inaction Violate the Automatic Stay?

The filing of a bankruptcy case puts in place an automatic injunction, or stay, that halts most actions by creditors against a debtor. But can a creditor violate the automatic stay by not acting? The Tenth Circuit recently...more

Tenth Circuit Joins Missouri River to Divide Kansas City Over What Constitutes A Stay Violation

by Bryan Cave on

On February 27, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit joined a minority approach followed by District of Columbia Circuit: failing to turn over property after demand is not a violation of the...more

Does “Act” Mean Also a Failure to Act?

by Dechert LLP on

No, says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in In re Cowen, adopting the minority rule and parting ways with four other Courts of Appeals. The automatic stay provision of the Bankruptcy Code addressed in Cowen...more

In Real Life the Bad Guy Sometimes Gets Away: Adding Judgment Debtors to a Judgment

As most litigators will tell you a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit needs to be able to prove both liability and damages to win a case. That is, you need to show both that the defendant is liable under the law and that you have...more

Exercise of Post-Petition Right to Setoff Without Court Permission Violated Automatic Stay

by Goodwin on

On November 16, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky found that a creditor exercising its post-petition right to setoff without bankruptcy court permission had violated the automatic...more

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

by Cole Schotz on

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

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

Seeking Punitive Damages Can Expand Scope of Discovery

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

Two non-conventional uses for Missouri’s new receivership statute

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Missouri’s new receivership statute became effective on August 28, 2016. The new statute, called the Missouri Commercial Receivership Act (or “MCRA”) and codified at Chapter 515 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, provides a...more

Producers Beware: What happens when your movie distributor files bankruptcy? Part 2.

In my blog article on August 9, I focused on some of the issues that licensors need to be aware of as they license IP rights, including the concept of allowing distributors to include “damages only” clauses in the...more

Asia Pacific Restructuring & Insolvency Guide: Hong Kong

by White & Case LLP on

This is the Hong Kong chapter of the second edition of the White & Case Asia Pacific Restructuring and Insolvency Guide... ..Introduction - On 1 July 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the...more

The Right To Countersecurity From A Debtor In Bankruptcy

by Blank Rome LLP on

U.S. maritime law offers a maritime plaintiff two principal means of obtaining security for its claims: Rule B attachment in respect of maritime claims, and Rule C arrest in respect of maritime liens. These rules are...more

The Impact of PROMESA on Creditors

On June 30, 2016, the United States Senate passed the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act” (“PROMESA”) and it was quickly signed into law by President Obama. PROMESA enables the Commonwealth of...more

Creditors Beware-Automatic Stay Violations Can Lead to Massive Punitive Damages

by Clark Hill PLC on

Ohio Bankruptcy Judge Assesses $250,000 in Damages Against Mortgage Lender for Violating the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy Proceeding - A clerical error by a mortgage lender led to punitive damages and expensive...more

Missouri Commercial Receivership Act Creates a New Statutory Scheme Which Presents a More Robust Remedy

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Missouri Commercial Receivership Act (MCRA), passed by the Missouri legislature and just signed into law by Governor Nixon, becomes effective Aug. 28, 2016. It expands, clarifies and fleshes out the existing minimal...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 29, 2016

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Automatic Stay: because final judgment entered day after defendant’s petition for bankruptcy, automatic stay imposed by 11 U.S.C. § 362 was in effect and, thus, judgment was void, even...more

PROMESA Shields Puerto Rico Behind a New Automatic Stay

by Bryan Cave on

On June 30, 2016, President Obama signed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) into law. The most significant portions of PROMESA are found in titles I and II, which establish an...more

How Reporting a Crime May Subject You to Sanctions

by Bryan Cave on

You are a creditor and your loan is secured by personal property, let’s say equipment. The borrower recently filed for bankruptcy protection. You receive a phone call from a friend advising you that someone has a moving...more

Bankruptcy Pitfalls: How an infringer's bankruptcy could impact your IP rights

by McAfee & Taft on

As a patent owner, you have the exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing your claimed invention into the United States. You also have the ability to recover damages from a...more

Which court is which? Brexit could impact on enforcement options for creditors within, and outside, the EU

by Reed Smith on

England has been the jurisdiction of choice for European restructurings. While other jurisdictions have sought to revamp their insolvency law in recent years in an effort to chip away at the English dominance in the...more

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