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Sixth Circuit Rejects Per Se Rule Automatically Mooting Sale Appeals in the Absence of a Stay

by Jones Day on

Debtors beware: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently expanded the ability of parties to appeal a bankruptcy court's approval of a sale of assets notwithstanding the statutory mootness rule set forth in section...more

Substantive Consolidation of Non-Debtors-Standing and Notice Issues

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. courts generally agree that the substantive consolidation should be applied sparingly, and even more so when substantive consolidation of debtors with non-debtors is sought. While many opinions address the grounds for...more

PennySaver – Preference Actions Filed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 23, 2017, Don A. Beskrone, the chapter 7 trustee for the estate of PennySaver USA Publishing, LLC filed preference actions against 46 defendants. PennySaver was an iconic company that specialized in the production,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Structured Dismissals Cannot Deviate From the Bankruptcy Code's Priority Scheme

by Jones Day on

In bankruptcy cases under chapter 11, debtors sometimes opt for a "structured dismissal" when a consensual plan of reorganization or liquidation cannot be reached or conversion to chapter 7 would be too costly. In Czyzewski...more

Kiwi Defense Doesn't Get Off the Ground in Preference Litigation Involving Related, but Severable, Contracts

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Among the required elements of a claim to avoid a preferential transfer under section 547(b) of the Bankruptcy Code is that, if the creditor-transferee were permitted to retain a pre-bankruptcy payment, it would end up being...more

Liability Coverage Policies: Property of the Estate to Which the Automatic Stay Applies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a chapter 7, 11, 12 or 13 case is filed, two key items spring into life. The first is a new entity called the bankruptcy estate which is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in...more

District Court Takes on the Intersection of Bankruptcy and the FDCPA

A New York District Court recently tackled the intersection between bankruptcy and pre-petition FDCPA claims and the application of judicial estoppel to undisclosed claims. In December 2013, Jeziorowski filed a complaint...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

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Confirms that Chapter 13 Debtors May “Strip Off” Second Mortgages

by PretiFlaherty on

Recently in In re Guerra, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts joined the majority of courts in finding that United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bankof Am. v. Caulkett does not affect a chapter 13...more

Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

Sixth Circuit Adopts Minority Interpretation of Mootness

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that parties arguing mootness under section 363(m) of the Bankruptcy Code must establish that the appellate court is unable to grant effective relief...more

Anticipating and Managing Bankruptcy Risk

by Blank Rome LLP on

Blank Rome Partner Ira Herman authored “Anticipating and Managing Bankruptcy Risk,” a series of articles prepared for the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy module of Lexis Practice Advisor, a comprehensive practical...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Creditor Access to Spendthrift Trusts

by Downey Brand LLP on

On March 23, 2017, at the request of a certified question from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court answered the age-old question – “what gives”? That is to say, what gives – the...more

Supreme Court Rules: Even Gifts Must Play by the (Absolute Priority) Rule

by PretiFlaherty on

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Czyzewski v.Jevic Holding Corp., stating that non-consensual, priority violating, structured dismissals are not allowed under the Bankruptcy Code. In a well-reasoned...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty (and Related) Claims Are Not Easily Defeated: A Case Study in Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Just what must be alleged for claims for breach of fiduciary duty to proceed past initial pleadings and into meaningful fact development? In a recent decision, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of...more

Best in Law: How Courts Sort Out Property Rights in Tough Bankruptcy Cases

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation proceeding, in its simplest form, is straightforward. When a person or company is unable to pay its debts, a bankruptcy trustee is appointed. The debtor’s property becomes a bankruptcy...more

Ruined, Missing Wine leads to Million Dollar Hangover for Debtor

by Bryan Cave on

A Chapter 7 debtor’s failure to comply with a bankruptcy court order to preserve a $2 million dollar-plus collection of fine wines has led to the imposition of sanctions of over $1 million, most of which could be charged...more

A Hypothetical Question Deserves a Hypothetical Answer: The Ninth Circuit’s Approach to Preference Transfers in In re Tenderloin...

As a creditor, the news of a debtor who owes you a substantial sum of money filing bankruptcy is often the most alarming news you can learn—that is, until you seek advice of counsel and learn that payments the debtor made to...more

2016 Bankruptcy Statistics for the Western District of Wisconsin: Overall Filings Decreased 5.5%, but Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcies...

by Ruder Ware on

The 2016 bankruptcy statistics tell an interesting story.  While the total number of bankruptcy cases filed in 2016 in the Western District of Wisconsin (“WDW”) fell 5.5% to its lowest level in ten years, Chapter 12 farm...more

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Reminds Us to “Get the Note” or File a Financing Statement

by K&L Gates LLP on

In a recent opinion, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon reminds all finance lawyers (and participants trying to document a finance transaction without legal assistance) that recording an “assignment” of a...more

Paid Rejection: Bankruptcy Court Allows Professional Fees Despite Trustee’s Flawed Strategy

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Can a bankruptcy court deny fees requested by a professional simply because her client chose a poor strategy? The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho recently rejected such a notion, holding that an accounting...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Not So New Tool for Reigning in Federal Regulations. President Trump has signed a Joint Resolution of Congress which “disapproves the rule submitted by the SEC relating to ‘Disclosure of Payments by...more

Lenders Seeking Loan Modification After Bankruptcy, Beware!

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Lenders cannot revive a guaranty obligation discharged in bankruptcy with a subsequent modification or forbearance agreement, even with new consideration; and attempting to do so may lead to lender liability exposure....more

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Sends a Reminder on Avoiding the Substantive Consolidation Trap

There are numerous reasons why a company might use more than one entity for its operations or organization: to silo liabilities, for tax advantages, to accommodate a lender, or for general organizational purposes. Simply...more

Imperfect!!! – Recordation Alone May Not Be Suficient To Perfect Deeds Under California Law

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Once a lender records a deed of trust, isn’t that sufficient under California law to perfect the deed against a Chapter 7 trustee’s attempt to set it aside? Based on the recent bankruptcy court decision of In re Nowlin, the...more

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