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The Stone Energy Bankruptcy: Lessons for the JOA

by Locke Lord LLP on

In 2011, Stone Energy Corporation and Triad Hunter, LLC entered into a development agreement for the exploration of about 4,200 acres in West Virginia under a 1989 form JOA. Each party owned 50% and Stone was designated as...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

Six Degrees Of Separation: Use Of Bankruptcy Rule 2004 Examination In Connection With Third-Party Litigation

by Cole Schotz on

Court: “You know, every piece of information and fact out there is within six degrees of separation of the debtors’ assets and financial affairs. The question is where do you draw the line?”...more

Jurisdiction Retention Clause in Sale Order Can’t Provide Bankruptcy Court Subject Matter Jurisdiction for Contract Disputes...

The Bottom Line - In a decision addressing the reaches of bankruptcy court subject matter jurisdiction, a First Circuit Panel, including retired Supreme Court Justice Davis Souter sitting by designation, ruled that the...more

Bankruptcy courts cannot approve structured dismissal of Chapter 11 case that violates absolute priority rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 137 S. Ct. 973 (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court was not authorized to approve a structured dismissal of a Chapter 11 case that violated the absolute priority...more

In Brief: Court Rules Against Lyondell Litigation Trustee on LBO Fraudulent Conveyance Claims

by Jones Day on

In Weisfelner v. Blavatnik (In re Lyondell Chemical Company), 2017 BL 131876 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Apr. 21, 2017), the bankruptcy court presiding over the chapter 11 case of Lyondell Chemical Company ("Lyondell") handed down a...more

Client Alert: Chapter 15: A Sword and A Shield

THE RULING: CHAPTER 15 DEBTORS CAN ASSERT AVOIDANCE ACTIONS UNDER STATE LAW - On March 23, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, ruled that a foreign debtor could...more

Hospital Sales: No State Approval Required for Non-Operating Debtor

The Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California determined the Attorney General’s approval was not required for the sale of a non-operating, non-profit hospital because the hospital no longer qualified as a...more

Supreme Court Watch: Debt Collector Filing Bankruptcy Proof of Claim for Time-Barred Debt Avoids FDCPA Liability

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

What does the United States Supreme Court's decision issued earlier this week in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson mean for debt collectors? It means that debt collectors may file proofs of claim in a debtor's bankruptcy on...more

Millenium Lab Holdings – Ruling on Third Party Releases Highlights Continuing Constitutional Questions Regarding Power of...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In Millenium Lab Holdings, Delaware District Court Judge Leonard Stark, on an appeal from a bankruptcy court order confirming a plan of reorganization, recently upheld a challenge to the bankruptcy court’s constitutional...more

Bankruptcy Settlements Post-Jevic: Potential New Requirements for Priority-Altering Settlements

As noted in a recent Distressing Matters post, the United States Supreme Court in In re Jevic Holding Corp. held that debtors cannot use structured dismissals to make payments to creditors in violation of ordinary bankruptcy...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2017

by King & Spalding on

Navigating Private Equity Fund Limitations for Energy Infrastructure-Focused Investments - Energy infrastructure funds have emerged as a class of funds that offer investors the potential for long-term stable returns, as...more

District Court Upholds Bankruptcy Court’s Ruling on Rejection of Gathering Agreements

by King & Spalding on

On March 10, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the“Court”) affirmed on appeal a bankruptcy court’s prior decision in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. that permitted a debtor to reject a...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves Indenture Trustee Fees in Face of Fee Objection by Certain Noteholders

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On March 8, 2017, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued a decision in In re Nortel Networks Inc., et al., 2017 Bankr. LEXIS 674 (Bankr. D. Del. Mar. 8, 2017), that addresses the issue of whether an...more

Corinthian Colleges Preference Actions Filed In Delaware Bankruptcy Court

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Starting on April 28, 2017, Craig R. Jalbert, as Distribution Trustee of the Corinthian Distribution Trust, filed approximately 122 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent...more

Energy Alert: The Court of Appeal Upholds the Redwater Decision

by Field Law on

Field Law’s Energy Group continues to follow developments regarding the Redwater Energy case. This Energy Alert summarizes the Alberta Court of Appeal’s recent decision on the matter. ...more

Walrath Opinion on Avoidance Actions – Motion for Summary Judgment: Denied

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a 24 page decision released April 13, 2017, Judge Walrath of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied a motion for summary judgment in a preference action brought by Charles Stanziale as the chapter 7 Trustee of Powerwave...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

by Dechert LLP on

When a portfolio company underperforms, an equity sponsor will want to assess the degree of negotiating leverage the company’s lenders have against the company under the circumstances, which can play a significant role in...more

Keep On Truckin’: Priority Rules Still Rule in Structured Dismissals

In 2015, Distressing Matters reported on the Third Circuit’s decision in In re Jevic Holding Corp., wherein that panel ruled that, in rare circumstances, bankruptcy courts may approve the distribution of settlement proceeds...more

It’s Not Final, and That’s Final: The Ninth Circuit’s Gugliuzza Decision

by Bryan Cave on

As we have noted in another post, Non-Final Finality: Does One Interlocutory Issue Resolved in a Bankruptcy Court Order Render All Issues Addressed in the Order Non-Appealable?, not all orders in bankruptcy cases are...more

Legal Alert - U.S. Supreme Court - Bankruptcy Court Not Authorized to Approve Structured Dismissal of Chapter 11 Case Violating...

by Snell & Wilmer on

On March 22, 2017 in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. (SCOTUS Case no. 15-649), the Supreme Court of the United States held that a bankruptcy court was not authorized to approve a structured dismissal of a Chapter 11 case...more

Supreme Court Absolutely Affirms the Absolute Priority Rule

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The United States Supreme Court recently decided a case that impacts lenders and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court may not approve a “structured dismissal” of...more

Supreme Court Limits Use of Structured Dismissals of Chapter 11 Cases

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a 6-2 decision on March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that bankruptcy courts may not approve a structured dismissal of a Chapter 11 case that provided for distributions of estate funds that do not follow...more

Supreme Court Bars Structured Dismissals of Bankruptcy Cases That Violate the Code’s Priority Distribution Scheme – Could it...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 22, 2017 the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling regarding the legality of structured dismissals of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases that would make final distributions of estate assets to creditors in a manner...more

Yes, Virginia, there is a Code Priority Scheme: Supreme Court Strikes Down Structured Dismissals in Jevic

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A potential threat to the Code’s priority scheme is the allowance of “structured dismissals,” which include a settlement as part of the dismissal of the chapter 11 case that would distribute estate assets in a manner that...more

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