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The SEC’s opened an inquiry into Hampton Creek in response to a Bloomberg report that the Just Mayo maker used undercover contractors to purchase its non-egg mayonnaise product in bulk not long before HC raised $90 million...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Rules Gift Cards Not Eligible for Priority Treatment

Decision clarifies standards for priority treatment under section 507(a)(7); important implications in retail bankruptcy cases for debtors, creditors - and consumers Overview - In October 2015, City Sports, Inc....more

Points & Authorities - Summer 2016

There Ought to be a Law: Consider This Alternative To Litigation - Government is becoming more intrusive. At the state and federal levels, a host of agencies and departments continuously create new rules for us to live...more

Finally A Clear Ruling On A Much Needed Bankruptcy Preference Defense

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has finally clarified that the administrative expense claim for goods delivered post-bankruptcy filing may be set off – dollar for dollar – to reduce any open...more

Confirmation Of A Chapter 11 Plan: Good Faith In The Context Of “Artificial Impairment”

In order to confirm a chapter 11 plan, at least one class of creditors whose claims are “impaired” must accept the plan. The concept of “impairment” is very broad. Under the Bankruptcy Code, a class of claims is impaired...more

New Delaware Chapter 15 Filing – Altos Hornos de México, S.A.B. de C.V.

Francisco Javier Gaxiola Fernández, the foreign representative of Altos Hornos de México, S.A.B. de C.V. (the “Debtor”) in a proceeding under Mexico’s Bankruptcy and Suspension of Payments law pending before the First Civil...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California's regional electricity grid plan on hold - Los Angeles Times - Aug 8 - Governor Jerry Brown’s plan for a regional electricity grid is being put on hold this year, and...more

Duty of Consistency Doctrine - Effective Sword for the IRS, but Not Likely a Shield for Taxpayers - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue...

Two recent cases illustrate the IRS’ ability to successfully argue that taxpayers should not benefit from their own mistakes if they result in less tax being paid. Two recent cases highlight the most current view of the...more

Delaware Organizational Meeting – Last Call Guarantor, LLC

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: Monday August 22, 2016, 10:00 AM - Case Name: Last Call Guarantor, LLC - Case Number: 16-11844 (KG)...more

Developments in Unitranche Financing (2016)

The increasing use of unitranche financing, both domestically and abroad, has created new opportunities for middle market loan participants. However, lenders must understand the legal issues and potential bankruptcy risks...more

New Delaware (Involuntary) Chapter 11 Filing – Bennu Titan LLC (f/k/a ATP Titan LLC)

Beal Bank USA and CLMG Corp. have filed an involuntary petition under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code against Bennu Titan LLC (f/k/a ATP Titan LLC) before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware...more

Delaware Organizational Meeting – Roadhouse Holdings, Inc.

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: Friday August 19, 2016, 12:00 PM - Case Name: Roadhouse Holdings, Inc. Case Number: 16-11819 (BLS)...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filings – Last Call Guarantor, LLC et al.

Last Call Guarantor, LLC and eight affiliates have filed chapter 11 cases before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No. 16-11844)....more

Producers Beware: What happens when your movie distributor files bankruptcy?

The Issue - There has been written a plethora of articles about Bankruptcy Code §365(n) regarding the rights of parties to license agreements when the licensor files a bankruptcy and rejects a license agreement....more

Judge Chapman Flips the Script

US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of NY Grants Noteholders’ Motion to Dismiss Based on Lehman’s Failure to State Claim With Respect to Flip-Clause Litigation - On June 28, 2016, in what essentially was a...more

Not So Safe After All?

United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware Holds That Litigation Trustee May Pursue State Law Fraudulent Conveyance Claims, Notwithstanding Bankruptcy Code Safe Harbors - On June 20, 2016, the United...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filings – Roadhouse Holding Inc. et al.

Roadhouse Holding Inc. and seven of its affiliates, which comprise the Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant chain, have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No....more

Losing Both Ways: Debtor Diligence in the Identification of Claims

Two recent cases serve as reminders the devil is truly in the details. As to the front-end risks associated with an early § 363(f) sale, in In re Motors Liquidation Company (the “GM” case) we have seen a $10 billion reminder...more

Troubled Waters: The Raging Storm Over Safe Harbors

Two United States courts recently issued decisions involving the scope of the Bankruptcy Code’s safe-harbor provision in section 546(e) related to avoidance actions. In one, in the Second Circuit, the court took a broad...more

Seventh Circuit: Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Does Not Shield From Avoidance Transfers Made Through Financial Institution Conduits

In FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management Group, LP, the Seventh Circuit recently held that transfers are not protected under the safe harbor of section 546(e) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code from fraudulent transfer and other...more

Missouri Commercial Receivership Act Creates a New Statutory Scheme Which Presents a More Robust Remedy

The Missouri Commercial Receivership Act (MCRA), passed by the Missouri legislature and just signed into law by Governor Nixon, becomes effective Aug. 28, 2016. It expands, clarifies and fleshes out the existing minimal...more

In Conflict With Other Circuits, Seventh Circuit Rules That Certain Transfers Involving Financial Institution Intermediaries Not...

Section 546(e) of the bankruptcy code prohibits a bankruptcy trustee from avoiding “settlement payment[s]”, or payments “made in connection with a securities contract,” that are “made by or to (or for the benefit of)”...more

Second Circuit Raises a Caution Flag for Sales Free-and-Clear of Claims

The power of a bankruptcy court to authorize the sale of assets “free-and-clear” of liens and any other interests is a powerful tool that is used to realize value from distressed businesses. Indeed, purchasers will...more

Environmental Liabilities in Oil & Gas Sales Under Bankruptcy Code Section 363

Since the beginning of 2015, at least 77 companies in the oil and gas industry have sought bankruptcy relief in the United States. The flow of oil and gas company bankruptcies shows no sign of slowing down and, based on the...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Halcón Resources Corp. et al

Halcón Resources Corp. et al (NYSE: HK) and 21 affiliates have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No. 16-11724)....more

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