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Bankruptcy Beat: Luck of the Irish Cannot Save Debtor’s Bankruptcy Appeal of Order Granting Relief from the Stay

The importance of obtaining a stay pending appeal of a bankruptcy court order lifting the automatic stay was recently illustrated in Dunne v. Ulster Bank (In re Dunne), 13 cv 00996-JBA (Mar. 11, 2014). In the Dunne case,...more

Connecticut District Court and Bankruptcy Court Differ on Extent to Which the Automatic Stay Automatically Terminates Upon Second...

Under §362(c)(3)(A), when a debtor files a second bankruptcy case within one year after the first case, the automatic stay in the second case will automatically terminate “with respect to the debtor” on the 30th day of the...more

Revisiting the Concept of Prudential Standing: In re Ampal-American Israel Corp.

It is well recognized that there are penalties for violating the automatic stay. It does not follow, however, that any entity may seek to enforce the automatic stay. Recently, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the...more

Creditors Beware! Give the Trustee Time To Breathe Or Risk Violating The Automatic Stay

The Bankruptcy Code’s (the “Code”) automatic stay applies to all companies and individuals; it protects the debtor’s property, and the bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction, by barring any act to gain possession of property in the...more

I filed bankruptcy before and now I need to file again!

I filed bankruptcy before and now I need to file again. Is there a problem with that? As with many questions, the short answer to that is "it depends". The following are the two issues to consider....more

Accidents Don’t Cut It – Ensuring You Don’t “Unintentionally” Violate the Automatic Stay

A debtor files for bankruptcy protection, and his or her creditors are sent notice of the filing. Despite having received the notice, due to a breakdown in internal procedures one of the creditors, a bank, accidentally takes...more

Community Banking Excellence - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Interview with a Community Banking Professional - Holiday Wishes - Accidents Don't Cut It - Ensuring You Don't "Unintentionally" Violate the Automatic Stay - Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive...more

Stay Away: Some Exceptions And Bases For Relief From The Bankruptcy Code’s Automatic Stay

The automatic stay provided for by section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code is triggered immediately upon the filing of a debtor’s petition with the Bankruptcy Court. Unfortunately, many business owners and managers have a basic...more

Business Litigation Report -- September 2013

In This Issue: ..Private Antitrust Litigation in the UK ..First Decision by PTO Under America Invents Act Invalidates Business Method Patent ..September 2013: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation...more

September 2013: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation Update - Second Circuit Addresses the Scope of the Bankruptcy Automatic...

The automatic stay triggered upon the filing of a voluntary bankruptcy petition is one of the fundamental protections available to a debtor. The automatic stay generally prohibits “the commencement or continuation ... of a...more

Litigation News -- Summer 2013

In This Issue: "Can Bankruptcy Be A Tool To Combat Eminent Domain? Probably Not" and "Finding the Facts Before the Lawsuit Begins: Pre-Complaint Discovery in Pennsylvania" Excerpt from Can Bankruptcy Be A Tool...more

Court Approves Extension of the Automatic Stay in Detroit’s Chapter 9 Case to State Officials

On July 24, 2013, Judge Steven W. Rhodes of the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved the City of Detroit’s motion to extend the automatic stay to various non-debtor parties, including certain state...more

Weathering The Storm Of An Owner Or General Contractor Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy court is often the “court of bad news” for creditors. ...more

"Potential New Tax Planning Opportunities for Financially Distressed Pass-Through Entities"

In a decision issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a debtor’s qualified subchapter S subsidiary (QSub) status is not property of the bankruptcy estate. The Third Circuit’s opinion...more

Speakers Recommend Chapter 11 Changes to Effect Safer, More Efficient Proceedings

NEW YORK — Any revisions to the federal Bankruptcy Code's treatment of qualified financial contacts should amend the Code's safe harbors to narrow preferential treatment for counterparties while retaining the Code's push to...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

When in Doubt, File a Motion: Trends Concerning Automatic Stay Violations

Bankruptcy filings in Virginia, and nationwide, declined significantly in 2012, and it appears the decline is continuing in 2013. However, thousands of cases continue to be filed, and it is important for practitioners to...more

A Tale Of Two Debtors: Lehman Brothers And The Availability Of Equitable Subordination In The “Dueling Debtor” Context

Originally published in the NYU Journal of Law & Business - Vol. 9:269, 2012. This article suggests that the generally accepted “offensive/defensive” standard used by bankruptcy courts to determine whether a debtor may...more

The Magic of the Automatic Stay, Section 362(a): Part II

Many legal writers have observed that the purpose of the stay is to provide a “breathing spell” while the facts in a bankruptcy case are sorted out....more

Bank Held in Contempt for Failing to Return Collateral Repossessed Before Bankruptcy

Most lenders know that a bank cannot repossess collateral after a borrower files bankruptcy unless the bank first obtains relief from the automatic stay. But can a bank retain collateral that it repossessed before the...more

UPDATE: Court Rejects CalPERS’ Efforts to Lift Stay In San Bernardino Case

In a ruling predicted by the Restructuring Review Blog last month, Judge Meredith A. Jury of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California rejected arguments by CalPERS that the Bankruptcy Court should lift...more

Using Letters Of Credit For Tenant Credit Enhancement

I. Introduction. Cash security deposits (typically in the amount of one or two month’s rent) have been the traditional form of tenant credit enhancement required by commercial landlords. However, in instances where...more

The Magic of The “Automatic Stay”: Part 1

For me, the keystone or centerpiece of all of the interacting parts of the Bankruptcy Code is the automatic stay. The stay is the fundamental shield available to our clients who file for relief from creditors in a Chapter 7...more

Bankruptcy Law Update - December 2012

In this December 2012 Issue: - Second Circuit Decisions - Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Decisions The Second Circuit tackles the criminal exception to the automatic stay, administrative rent claims under a...more

Focus on Insolvency and Environment: Newfoundland and Labrador v. AbitibiBowater Inc., 2012 SCC 67 (the “Abitibi case”): Clean-Up...

Introduction - The Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) recently released an important decision relating to how provincial clean up orders against corporations may be treated when that corporation enters creditor...more

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