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Equitable Mootness Doctrine Persists in Bankruptcy Appeals

In recent years, courts have become increasingly critical of the doctrine of equitable mootness, a judicially created abstention doctrine that allows appellate courts to dismiss appeals from a bankruptcy court’s confirmation...more

Supreme Court Declines to Resolve Circuit Split on Debt Recharacterization

On August 10, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rescinded the grant of certiorari in PEM Entities LLC v. Levin on the grounds that review had been “improvidently granted.” The case seemingly provided a perfect vehicle to resolve...more

Seventh Circuit Denies Trustee a Second Bite at the Avoidance Apple

The Seventh Circuit recently held, in Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 16-1896 & 16-1916, 2017 WL 3470145 (7th Cir. Aug. 14, 2017), that (i) a transfer previously authorized by a bankruptcy court order cannot be avoided due to the...more

No Surrender: Massachusetts Appeals Court Preserves Foreclosure Challenges for Bankruptcy Petitioner

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Like Bruce Springsteen, a Massachusetts bankruptcy debtor said "no surrender" when it came to his home. In EverBank v. Chacon, a panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued a non-binding decision that a debtor's...more

Don't Want To Be The Next Kodak? Embrace Blockchain

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

For most of the 20th century, Eastman Kodak Co. (often referred to simply as Kodak) was one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Founded in 1888, Kodak dominated the film and camera markets — in 1976, Kodak had 90...more

The Section 363 Sale Process: Buying Assets from a Bankrupt Company

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Businesses struggle and bankruptcies are filed for a number of reasons, regardless of the economic climate. While unfortunate, this provides opportunities for others to purchase assets of distressed companies through the...more

San Antonio Businessman Sentenced To Four Years in Prison for Defrauding Personal Injury Clients, the Bankruptcy court, and the...

by Moskowitz LLP on

From 2009 through 2014, Elpidio Gongora (aka “Pete Gongora”), operated a number of personal injury law offices in Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico. The lawyers in these firms apparently obtained settlements on behalf of their...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Dismisses Claims Against Echo/RT Holdings In Raytrans Bankruptcy Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent decision of Klauder v. Echo/RT Holdings LLC (In re Raytrans Holding, Inc.), Adv. No. 15-50273 (CSS) (Del. Bankr. Aug. 10, 2017), Judge Sontchi granted Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss the Trustee’s Second Amended...more

Third Circuit Holds No Need to Warn Under WARN ACT Unless Circumstances Causing Layoff Are Probable

by Dechert LLP on

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act in the U.S. requires that employers give sixty days’ notice to its employees before effecting a mass layoff. The WARN Act contains exceptions to the notice...more

Second Circuit Affirms Bankruptcy Court’s Nullification of Chapter 15 Debtor’s Sale of Claim Due to Woefully Inadequate Price

by Jones Day on

In the March/April 2013 edition of the Business Restructuring Review, we reported on an opinion by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York concluding that a chapter 15 debtor’s sale of claims against...more

Success Fees - Technical Arguments Fail In The Face Of Broad Definitions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision signed July 26, 2017 in the Nephrogenex bankruptcy (case 16-11074), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court approved of the application of the Debtor’s investment banker for a success fee over the objection...more

Delaware Court Denies Request of Beverly Hills Entities to Require Chapter 11 Debtor to Properly Abandon Wells

by Clark Hill PLC on

In In re Venoco, LLC, 2017 WL 2374683 (May 31, 2017), the Delaware bankruptcy court denied the request of California governmental agencies to require the Debtor to comply with environmental obligations with regard to an oil...more

Third Circuit Rejects Unsecured Oil Producers’ Claims of Automatic Perfection

by King & Spalding on

On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Court”) issued an opinion, upholding a district court’s ruling that downstream purchasers took oil purchased from a bankrupt intermediary, SemGroup L.P....more

United States Supreme Court to Decide Whether Recharacterization of Debt Should Be Decided by State or Federal Law

On June 27, 2017, the United States Supreme Court granted the petition for writ of certiorari regarding the decision In re Province Grande Olde Liberty, LLC, 655 Fed.Appx. 971 (4th Cir. Aug. 12, 2016) to decide a circuit...more

Derivative Complaints By Creditors Against Chapter 7 Trustees – They Don’t Tend To Go Very Far

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision signed July 17, 2017 in the Our Alchemy, LLC bankruptcy (case 16-11596), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court granted a trustee’s partial motion to dismiss a complaint, holding that a creditor cannot...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

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

California Court Upholds Expansive Definition of Recoupment

The Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California examined the scope of the doctrine of recoupment for Medicaid and related payments, allowing the deduction by the state. The court held that the California...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

Business Litigation Report - June 2017

Courts May Not Depart from the Bankruptcy Priority Rule in Chapter 11 Structured Dismissals - For more than a century, a cornerstone of federal bankruptcy law has been the absolute priority rule, which ensures that a...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

June 2017: Courts May Not Depart from the Bankruptcy Priority Rule in Chapter 11 Structured Dismissals

For more than a century, a cornerstone of federal bankruptcy law has been the absolute priority rule, which ensures that a debtor estate’s assets are distributed to senior and special classes of creditors over junior...more

Bankruptcy Court Requires An MF Global Holdings Bermuda Reinsurer To Post $15 Million Bond Before Deciding Motion To Compel...

by Carlton Fields on

In the most recent decision in an ongoing dispute between MF Global Holdings Ltd. and its (re)insurers, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Allied World to post a $15 million bond before the...more

Third-Party Injunction Precludes Securities Claims Against Alleged Madoff Co-Conspirators

On January 24, 2017, victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme lost their appeal of a bankruptcy court decision barring them from suing an alleged Madoff co-conspirator because of a third-party injunction contained in a...more

Bankruptcy Court Finds No Stay Violation Where Creditor Initially Refused to Return Vehicle to Debtor Who Claimed Equitable...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

From the Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina : In McCall v. Anderson Brothers Bank (In re McCall), Adv. Pro. No. 16-80008-jw (Bankr. D.S.C. 2016), the Honorable John E. Waites held that a creditor did not...more

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