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Third Circuit Provides Guidance To Creditors Seeking Section 503(b)(9) Administrative Expense Status

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Unsecured creditors frequently find themselves in the lurch when a company files for bankruptcy. One of the few mechanisms for recovering the value of goods supplied to a debtor prior to a bankruptcy case is an administrative...more

Policyholders (and the Courts) Continue to Ignore Section 1123 When Analyzing Insured v. Insured Exclusions

by Blank Rome LLP on

Last month the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its anticipated decision in Indian Harbor Insurance v. Zucker, affirming a 2016 decision from a federal district court in Michigan that an Insured v....more

Could Supreme Court Case on Debt Recharacterization Provide a Pathway Out of the Stern v. Marshall Maze?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in PEM Entities LLC v. Levin, in which it will decide whether federal or a state law should apply when a debt claim held by a debtor’s insider is sought to be recharacterized in...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Leases To be Stripped in Section 363 Sale

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Courts consistently have held that the sale of real property under the Bankruptcy Code cannot "strip off" the leasehold interests in that property. Until now, only one case held to the contrary and was generally considered an...more

Shipped Goods Deemed “Received” Upon Physical Possession for Allowed Claims for Administrative Expenses in Bankruptcy

by Burr & Forman on

Signed, sealed, delivered, but am I yours? Apparently not, according to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, at least in the context of allowed administrative expense claims under Section 503(b)(9) of the...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Definition of “Received” in Context of Section 503(b)(9) Claims 

The 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code included the addition of an administrative expense claim for the value of goods received by the debtor in the 20 days prior to the bankruptcy filing. The allowance of an...more

Section 503(b)(9) Claims – What Does “Receipt” Really Mean?

by Cole Schotz on

In an era when goods or materials often originate from suppliers or manufacturers outside the United States, bankruptcy courts are grappling with when “receipt” of goods occurs for the purpose of 503(b)(9) claims. While...more

Dabbling in Distress: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Two Important Bankruptcy Issues Next Term

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite a modest uptick in recent years, it is still a relatively rare occasion for the Supreme Court of the United States to tackle issues involving bankruptcy. This term, however, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari in...more

Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease – Part II

Last year the Seventh Circuit determined that a lease termination constituted a “transfer” within the meaning of the Bankruptcy Code and ordered litigation to continue against a landlord that had entered into a lease...more

Bank Holding Company Execs Not Entitled to Insurance Coverage

Is a bank holding company that owns and operates banks the same entity both pre- and postbankruptcy filing for the purposes of pursuing directors and officers (D&O) insurance coverage? Yes, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth...more

F-Squared Investment Management - Avoidance Actions Filed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On July 6-7, 2017, Craig Jalbert, in his capacity as Trustee for F2 Liquidating Trust, filed approximately 187 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent transfers under Sections...more

Supreme Court To Hear Dispute Over Debt Recharacterization

One critical issue affecting complex restructuring cases are efforts by the estate or creditors to recharacterize debt into equity. This can happen in a variety of factual contexts, including where an existing equity...more

US Supreme Court confirms priority rules apply to a structured dismissal of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case

by DLA Piper on

In its recent decision Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 137 S. Ct. 973 (2017), the United States Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court may not approve a structured dismissal of a chapter 11 case that provides for...more

In an operating receivership, do creditors need to be served with motions?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Question: In an operating receivership , do creditors need to be served motions? Answer: The answer is “no” if the receivership is in state court; the answer is “maybe” if the receivership is in federal court....more

Takata Ch. 11 Tort Committee Has Tough Road Ahead

Brian Davidoff was quoted by Law360 on July 10, 2017, in an article discussing the Takata Chapter 11 bankruptcy that includes personal injury claims as well as those claiming financial losses as a result of Takata’s defective...more

Fisker’s Reach: Liquidating Trustee May Pursue Overseas Fraudulent Transfers as Unjust Enrichment

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently granted in part and denied in part dismissal in favor of the defendant car manufacturer in a fraudulent transfer adversary proceeding brought by the Chapter 11...more

SCOTUS to Settle Circuit Split on Rule Applicable to Recharacterization of Debt to Equity Disputes

The Supreme Court has granted certiorari to decide the question of whether bankruptcy courts should apply state law or a federal rule of decision when determining whether to recharacterize a debt claim as a capital...more

Blog: Controversial Safe Harbor: Supreme Court to Address Circuit Split of Clawback Protection in Bankruptcy Code

by Cooley LLP on

The Supreme Court recently agreed to review the applicability of the safe harbor provision in section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code after differing interpretations of the statute created a split among the circuit courts. The...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

Deepening the Divide on Whether Avoidance Provisions Apply to Foreign Transfers

In In re FAH Liquidating Corp., Case No. 13-13087 (Bankr. Del. June 13, 2017), the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently followed the Fourth Circuit and Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York...more

Dear Bankruptcy Asset Purchaser, Got Good Faith?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Section 363 of Title 11 of the United States Code (“Bankruptcy Code”) authorizes trustees (and Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession) to use, sell, or lease property of a debtor’s bankruptcy estate outside of the ordinary course...more

Second Circuit Holds that Contingent Equity-Based Compensation of Former Lehman Employees are Subordinate to Creditor Claims

In In re Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. 855 F.3d 459 (2d Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court order subordinating the claims of former Lehman Bros. (“Lehman”) employees...more

First Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Court “Retention of Jurisdiction” Provisions Not Enough to Establish Jurisdiction

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction...more

Preference Actions Filed In Draw Another Circle Bankruptcy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 15, 2017, Curtis R. Smith, as Liquidating Trustee of the Hastings Creditors’ Liquidating Trust, filed approximately 69 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent...more

The Original Soupman, Inc. Files For Chapter 11 Protection In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 13, 2017, The Original Soupman, Inc. and its affiliates (collectively “Debtors” or “Original Soupman”) commenced voluntary bankruptcy proceedings under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. According to its petition,...more

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