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Lenders to SPEs: Be Aware, You May Not Have Standing to Appeal a Substantive Consolidation Order

A substantive non-consolidation opinion is a common feature of structured finance transactions in the U.S. Most, if not all, opine as to what a bankruptcy court would do, but express no opinion on the appellate process. We...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – Pt. 6 – The Meeting of Creditors

After your bankruptcy case is filed with the Arizona bankruptcy court the clerk of the bankruptcy court will send out written notification of your bankruptcy to all of your creditors that were provided in the bankruptcy...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the CR&B Alert, the newsletter produced by Reed Smith's Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. Excerpt from newsletter: DELAWARE AND NEW YORK AT ODDS OVER RECLAMATION...more

U.S. Sixth Circuit Holds that Customary Language in Amendment and Restatement Agreements May Extinguish Existing Security...

On August 23, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case In re Fair Finance Company that an amendment and restatement of a loan and security agreement may have been a novation...more

Court Finds that Parents Convicted of Ponzi Scheme Received Value from Tuition Payments

Do parents receive something of value when they pay for their child to attend college? The Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court (Hoffman, J.) recently considered this exact question in DeGiamcomo v. Sacred Heart University, Inc.,...more

One Appellate Court’s Message to Debtors: Do What You Say!

Mortgage lenders received some good news from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals last week! In Failla v. Citibank, N.A., Case No. 15-15626 (11th Cir. Oct. 4, 2016), the Court affirmed a bankruptcy judge’s order for a...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

Surrendering Your Property in Bankruptcy Means You Must Actually Surrender It

The title of this article seems self-evident. Lenders, servicers, and others active in the foreclosure arena these past few years know that it has been anything but. Borrowers surrender property in bankruptcy but,...more

The End of the Road for Pro Se Neurontin Plaintiff with No Evidence of Causation

This past weekend, we paid a return visit to Cleveland, the home of our best law school friend, who braved the (figurative) waters of New Haven with us so many years ago. In deference to the Drug and Device Law Traveling...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules that Debtors Who Surrender Real Property in Bankruptcy Cannot Oppose Foreclosure

On October 4, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that chapter 7 debtors who file a statement of intention to surrender real property in bankruptcy cannot later contest a foreclosure action, and bankruptcy...more

Pleading Tortious Interference With Prospective Business Relations Claim

The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent decision in Chapter 7 Trustee Constantino Flores v. Strauss Water, C.A. No. 11141-VCS (Del. Ch. Sept. 22), covers many familiar aspects of Delaware law, such as the importance of...more

Chapter 12 family farmer cases in Missouri: A look inside the numbers

Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code, enacted in 1987, provides relief to family farmers facing financial distress. Chapter 12 is available exclusively for family farmers that want to reorganize their financial affairs. While...more

The Trend Reverses: College Tuition Payments Shielded from Avoidance in Bankruptcy - Bankruptcy Court Rules in Favor of University...

It is the start of a new semester, and all across the country, parents are writing tuition checks to the colleges and universities that their children attend. Colleges accept the checks on behalf of the students, the tuitions...more

Involuntary Bankruptcy Primer Part I: Understanding the Oft Ignored Involuntary Bankruptcy Petition (with Bankruptcy Cave Embedded...

Involuntary bankruptcy is an underused but potentially powerful tool in the Bankruptcy playbook. Although the process to initiate an involuntary case is relatively straightforward (and has been largely unchanged for...more

Ch. 7 Trustee Avoids Maine Mortgage Due to Incomplete Acknowledgment

Chapter 7 trustees’ success in avoiding mortgages with defective certificates of acknowledgement occurs with some regularity in Massachusetts. See e.g. In re Giroux, 2009 WL 1458173 (D. Ma. Bankr. Jul. 27, 2011). But it has...more

Over Four Hundred Years of Law on Fraudulent Transfers, Flushed Down the Drain

In 1571, Parliament enacted a law, sometimes known as the Statute of 13 Elizabeth, creating one of the greatest means of creditor protection – the proscription of fraudulent transfers. As Professors Baird and Jackson stated,...more

Helpful Cases for Mortgage Servicers Attempting to Comply with Mortgage Servicing Regulations After a Bankruptcy Discharge

Mortgage lenders and servicers face several regulations in servicing residential mortgages. There are requirements under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), the Equal Credit...more

Epirus Biopharmaceuticals Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Epirus Biopharmaceuticals, a biosimilar startup, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The Boston-based startup had lost approximately 82% of its value by June of 2016, after an announcement that it would cease working on a...more

Are Those Taxes Owing On Your Late-Filed Tax Return Dischargeable? Maybe, But You Better Be In The Right Circuit

Individual debtors with old tax debts relating to late-filed tax returns may be surprised to find that those tax debts may not be dischargeable under section 523(a) of the Bankruptcy Code due to the lateness of the tax...more

Caught in the Cross-Fire: Student Loan Lenders and Servicers’ Risks in the Bankruptcy Fight over College Tuition Clawbacks

Many parents hope to fund, in some part, their children’s college educations, and the federal government has created a system of incentives, including tax advantaged 529 plans, to support that expectation. Recent research...more

#ThrowbackThursday: Creditor’s Rights Report

In September 2005, Morrison & Foerster published the client alert “Creditor’s Rights Report.” Summary: Bankruptcy reform is here. When the majority of the provisions from the “Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and...more

Security Interest v. License Agreement: Low Tech Precautions for the High Tech Investment

In this exciting age of startups, the market is brimming with opportunities for individuals and entities alike to invest in emerging companies. Today’s rapid rate of technology development justifies investors’ eagerness to...more

Texas Home Equity Loan Litigation Update: Eastern District of Texas Reaffirms that Quiet-Title and Breach-of-Contract Claims...

On May 20, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court issued two opinions dealing with the home-equity lending provisions in article XVI, section 50 of the Texas Constitution. In Wood v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2016 WL...more

Debtor May Still Claim Homestead Exemption Even If He Was Kicked Out

The bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of New York found that a debtor who was ordered to vacate his home could still claim an exemption in the property. In a divorce proceeding several months prior to the bankruptcy...more

Supreme Court to Hear Truck Drivers’ Challenge to Structured Dismissals in Bankruptcy

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a group of truck drivers’ challenge to the dismissal of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case that was designed to avoid paying the drivers’ claims. The truck drivers are appealing the Third Circuit’s...more

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