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Coldwater Creek Bankruptcy: Suppliers, Consider Remedies

On April 11, 2014 Coldwater Creek filed in Delaware for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. It follows filings in 2014 by Dots, January in New Jersey, and Ecko, April in New Jersey. For retailers, the most common motivation...more

Was Richard Bowen’s Whistle Stuffed?

Five years have passed since Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy. Richard M. Bowen III, a former Citigroup executive who blew the whistle on their bad business practices, provided 1000 pages of documents to the Securities and...more

Employment Law Newsletter - April 2014

In This Issue: - Fairfax Circuit Court Strikes Down Noncompete as Overbroad, Offering Yet Another Lesson for Employers - No WARNing of Bankruptcy? - Department of Labor Further Delays Publication of its Final...more

No WARNing of Bankruptcy?

When Reston-based Simplexity, LLC (known more commonly as Wirefly.com and its related sites) recently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy it had, sadly, already terminated nearly its entire workforce. According to pleadings...more

New value defense preserved for three-party transactions

New value is an important defense to preference liability under the Bankruptcy Code. It allows a preference defendant to relieve their preference liability on a dollar-for-dollar basis for the value provided to the debtor...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Replacement Value - Applies to Surrender of Collateral in Chapter 13 Plan

On March 27, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit (the “Court”) issued a ruling, which will have a major impact on how Chapter 7 and 13 debtors are able to treat claims of secured creditors. The issue in In re Brown, 13-13013, 2014 WL...more

A Section 363 Sale Does NOT Transfer Property Free and Clear of an Equitable Servitude

Sales in bankruptcy court under 11 U.S.C. § 363 (called “363 Sales”) are often used to sell property during a bankruptcy case. The 363 Sale process provides an efficient procedure to liquidate estate property and offers...more

Update on Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and Delaware Bankruptcy Court’s Decision in the Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc.... [Video]

Section 363 of the Bankruptcy code has been a topic of discussion in legal circles lately. We are joined by Henry Jaffe, a partner in Pepper’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, to discuss Section 363 and...more

Editorial: In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc., "I Got A Brand New Car, And I'm Feeling Good So Far"

Without question, the bedrock of bankruptcy, particularly a successful one, is consent. Indeed, the notion of consent is threaded throughout the Bankruptcy Code and related law in respect of diverse issues ranging from the...more

Reform of French Insolvency Law Overview of The Executive Order of 12 March 2014

Executive Order n° 2014-326 of 12 March 2014 reforming French insolvency proceedings was published in the Official Journal of the French Republic (Journal officiel de la République Française) on 14 March...more

Unauthorized UCC Termination Filings No Longer Effective — Commentary on Recent Bankruptcy Decision

Article 9 and the Life of a UCC Financing Statement - Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) provides the process by which a secured lender obtains, perfects and enforces a security interest in a debtor’s...more

BAC CEO Pays $10 Million Plus D&O Bar To Settle NYAG Market Crisis Case

Former Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis agreed to pay $10 million and to be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for three years to settle fraud charges brought by the New York Attorney General...more

Say Goodbye to Kodak Moments

On August 23, 2013, Bankruptcy Judge Allan Groper, approved the Eastman Kodak Company (“Kodak”) First Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization, which enabled Kodak to emerge from bankruptcy as a totally new company. ...more

Assignment of Rents May Not Allow Golf Course Lenders to See The Green

Much to the chagrin of golf course lenders, bankruptcy and appellate courts around the country have consistently held that a properly-perfected mortgage or security interest in golf course revenues, including cart rentals and...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Claims Trading: Opportunity or Hazard? [Video]

Its been called one of the single most important developments in the bankruptcy world since the Bankruptcy Code's enactment in 1978. We’re talking about Claims Trading which has revolutionized bankruptcy by making it a much...more

Material Reform of the Spanish Insolvency Law

The Royal Decree Law 4/2014 of 7 March significantly amends the Spanish Insolvency Law, ostensibly in favor of refinancing agreements. With the approval of Royal Decree Law 4/2014 of 7 March on urgent measures...more

Lehman Waterfall Application and Game Station Decision

In another judicial decision springing from Lehman Brothers, as a result of the likely surplus in the estate of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) (LBIE) after all the provable debts have been paid, Mr...more

Business Law Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - The Hidden Power of Routine Contract Provisions - Bankruptcy: Preference Defendants Don’t Feel “Preferred" - What’s That Symbol All About? Protecting Your Trademarks with Proper Notice...more

Sino-Forest: More Lessons as a Chapter Closes

On March 13, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed applications for leave to appeal by a group of alleged former institutional shareholders of Sino-Forest Corporation. These institutions unsuccessfully sought leave to...more

NY Court Rejects Recourse Triggers Accepted in Cherryland and Gratiot

In a prior post (“Emerging Statutory Threats to Recourse Triggers”), we tackled Michigan and Ohio statutes that invalidated non-recourse triggers sprung by certain types of insolvency events. As noted there, the statutes were...more

Just When Secured Creditors Thought it Was Safe to Credit Bid Again . . . .

The ability of a secured creditor to credit bid at a bankruptcy sale was recently called into question (again) in a January 17, 2014 decision by Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in the In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc....more

Zimmermann: Dewey Charges Send 'Warning' To Struggling Law Firms [Video]

Mar. 12, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at the Zeughauser Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recent spate of charges filed against former leaders of defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf and what they mean...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2014: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Several recent legal developments will likely impact acquisition finance. A recent decision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York examines who is an “Eligible Assignee” entitled to acquire...more

Recent Decision Caps Secured Creditor’s Credit Bid in §363 Sale to Purchase Price of Acquired Debt

It is well-settled that secured creditors are ordinarily entitled to credit bid their allowed secured claim in a sale pursuant to § 363 of the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”). In Radlax Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank,...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

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