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Lehman: New Limitations on Plan Payment of Individual Creditors’ Committee Members’ Professional Fees

In the recent case of Davis v. Elliot Mgmt. Corp. (In re Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc.), 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48102 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2014), the District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a decision barring...more

SCOTUS Denies Certiorari In Lien Stripping Case

On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in an Eleventh Circuit case that raises the issue of whether, under section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code, a chapter 7 debtor can “strip off” a...more

Dodd-Frank’s Intersection with the Bankruptcy Code Could Have Significant Impact for Unsecured Creditors

On February 11th, the three private plaintiff-appellants and eleven State plaintiff-appellants in State National Bank of Big Spring, et al. v. Jacob J. Lew, et al. filed briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District...more

Amendments To Local Rules For The United States Bankruptcy Court For The District Of Delaware

In This Issue: - General - Rule 2002-1: Notices to Creditors, Equity Security Holders, United States and United States Trustee - Rule 2004-1: Rule 2004 Examinations - Rule 3007-2: Service of Objections to...more

Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy

What is IP in the Bankruptcy World? - In bankruptcy, intellectual property (IP) licenses are considered property of the bankruptcy estate, and a bankrupt party can do a variety of things with these licenses. It is...more

Supreme Court Issues Decision in Law v. Siegel, Eliminating Ability to Impose Surcharge on Exempt Property Unless Explicitly...

On March 4, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Law v. Seigel, Case No. 12-5196, 571 U.S. ___ (2014) holding that the bankruptcy court used its equitable powers in contravention of Bankruptcy Code section...more

U.S. Supreme Court Reins in Bankruptcy Court Authority Under § 105(a)

On March 4, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Law v. Siegel, 571 U.S. __ (Mar. 4, 2014) and held that the bankruptcy court exceeded its authority under section 105(a) of the Bankruptcy Code and its...more

Plaintiff Entitled To Appeal Fee Award Despite Bankruptcy Court Plan Confirmation

In Edwards v. Broadwater Casitas Care Center, 2013 DJDAR 15911 (2013), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided an interesting case involving the interplay of a petition for attorney fees...more

Bankruptcy Court defines limits of shareholder safe harbor in failed leveraged buyouts

An opinion issued in connection with the bankruptcy cases of Lyondell Chemical Company and its affiliates may have significant implications for shareholders who receive payments in connection with a leveraged buyout when the...more

Understanding the Bankruptcy Courts

Bankruptcy courts play a critical role in the bankruptcy process. These specialized courts preside over all bankruptcy petitions and certain ancillary cases arising from the bankruptcy process. These courts are not like other...more

Recent Case on Safe Harbor Provisions in Swap Agreements

Bankruptcy cases are the proving ground for interpreting the boundaries for ISDA safe harbor provisions under the United States Bankruptcy Code. Michigan State Housing Development Authority v. Lehman Brothers Derivative...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

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

Collecting Deficiency on Wholly-Unsecured Nonrecourse Loan (in Chapter 11)

Some of you who read the title of this post may have done a quick double-take, as it is well established that lenders may not collect a deficiency on a nonrecourse loan under state law. However, the Bankruptcy Code provides...more

Buyer Beware: Third Circuit Confirms Claims are Subject to Disallowance Despite Sale to Third Party

The Third Circuit in In re KB Toys, Inc. recently affirmed a decision of the Delaware District Court, holding that trade claims are subject to disallowance under section 502(d) of the Bankruptcy Code despite their subsequent...more

Buyers and Sellers Beware – Disallowance of Purchased Bankruptcy Claims

The Third Circuit recently held that claims purchased from trade creditors by a claims trader will be disallowed under section 502(d) of the Bankruptcy Code when the seller of the claim received, and did not repay, a...more

Charitable But Bankrupt

Over the last few years, bankruptcy has reared its head in venues one never thought possible. From churches to education and health organizations and, most recently to local government, in the form of Detroit’s filing, one...more

When the FDCPA and the Bankruptcy Code Conflict: Which Controls?

As most lenders and banking litigators understand, courts construe the language of the Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (FDCPA) very broadly. As we have discussed in previous posts, an initial communication to collect a...more

Bankruptcy From a Governmental Perspective

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), together with the States’ Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys (SABA), held their annual seminar, “Bankruptcy From a Governmental Perspective”, on October 6 – 9, 2013, in...more

Bankruptcy Safe Harbors Under Attack

The “safe harbor” provisions of the Bankruptcy Code protect firms that trade derivatives, and other participants in financial and commodity markets, from the rigidity that bankruptcy law imposes on most parties. Since their...more

Cherry Picking Contract Provisions in Bankruptcy: Not so Taboo After All?

One of the quintessential principles of the Bankruptcy Code is that when a debtor assumes an executory contract, it must assume the contract as a whole – a debtor cannot cherry pick the contract provisions it wants to assume...more

Rogers Towers: Discharge and the Unscheduled Debt Part III: Collection of Non-Discharged Debt

The Bankruptcy Code provides that creditors holding nondischargeable claims may pursue post-confirmation collection efforts....more

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