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River Road: A Cautionary Tale for Chapter 11 Financial Advisors

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently handed down an opinion, In re River Road Hotel Partners LLC, 2014 WL 5488259 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2014), dealing with the issue of a financial...more

A New Tool for Holdout Bondholders: The Trust Indenture Act

Restructuring decision broadly interpreting bondholder protections under the Trust Indenture Act may significantly impact out-of-court restructurings. On December 30, 2014, the US District Court for the Southern...more

A Cautionary Tale – The Need for Bank Oversight on Collateral Releases

Beware!! The story brought to us today courtesy of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (In re: Motor Liquidation Co., 13-2187) is one that should strike fear into the hearts of all bankers and lawyers. It is a cautionary tale...more

Post-Confirmation: Ignoring Court Orders Is Not A Good Idea

In re Castle Home Builders, Inc., 520 B.R. 98 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2014) – The debtors obtained confirmation of plans of reorganization that restructured prepetition mortgage loans.  When the servicer for some of the...more

Denial of Plan Confirmation and Finality - Supreme Court's Resolution of Circuit Split May Apply to Chapter 11

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank (In re Bullard), U.S., No. 14-116 (cert. granted 12/12/14). The Court's decision in this case will resolve a circuit split with regard to whether an order...more

2014 New York Hydraulic Fracturing Caselaw Update

As we approach the end of 2014, it may be useful to reflect on the impact of several important court cases decided in New York this year relating to oil and gas. While the decisions have mainly been against the industry and...more

Second Circuit Denies Petition for En Banc Review of Fairfield Decision

On January 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a petition for en banc review of the Second Circuit’s September 2014 panel decision holding that bankruptcy courts are required to review the...more

Business Law Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - FirstPay Decision: IRS Bests Trustee in Local Tax Case - Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps: One Size Does Not Fit All - Trademark Fees are Decreasing - Excerpt from Trademark Fees are...more

Bankruptcy Sales: “It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s Over”

Great Plains Royalty Corp. v. Earl Schwartz Co. (In re Great Plains Royalty Corp.), 520 B.R. 292 (Bankr. D. N.D. 2014) – Two companies that acquired assets in a bankruptcy auction moved to reopen the case to clarify...more

FirstPay Decision: IRS Bests Trustee in Local Tax Case

A decision last month from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit marks a disappointing end to a decade-long tax case affecting many Washington-area businesses. The case, Wolff v. United States of America, Adversary...more

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

In the not too distant past, there was a school of thought that a covenant not to sue (CNTS) had a different legal effect than a patent license in the US. Differences I frequently heard included a CNTS does not run with the...more

Proof of Claim: Foreign Qualification Requirements May Be More Important Than You Thought

In re Flex Fin. Holding Co., 518 B.R. 891 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2014) – A landlord filed a proof of claim for ~$1.34 million for a debtor’s prepetition breach of its lease. The debtor objected based on the landlord’s...more

Recommendations of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11: Intellectual Property Licenses

Beginning in 2012, a distinguished group of bankruptcy attorneys, academics and judges known as the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission) held periodic meetings...more

The valuation process for LIHTC projects in financial distress – Part I

Note: This post is part of a continuing series on the Credit Report Blog on the subject of workouts and bankruptcies involving low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects. In a previous post, we wrote about the...more

Local Bar Association Files Amicus Brief in Baker Botts v. ASARCO Case

Baker Botts L.L.P. et al. v. ASARCO L.L.C., currently pending before the Supreme Court of the United States, is of particular interest to bankruptcy practitioners because this decision will have far-reaching effects regarding...more

AIRA / BBA Joint Bankruptcy & Restructuring Seminar in Miami

On Tuesday, January 13, I will serve as a moderator for a panel at the Joint Bankruptcy & Restructuring Seminar, presented by both the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and the Bankruptcy Bar Association,...more

Review Twice, File Once, Review Again; UCC-3 Termination Intent Irrelevant

A “UCC-3 Termination Statement” is commonly used in secured transactions by a secured party to put the world on notice that the perfected security interest referenced in the UCC-3 filing is terminated. On October 17, 2014,...more

Construction Contracts: Nothing Beats a Meeting of the Minds

Waldschmidt v. Singletary Construction LLC (In re Tackett), 516 B.R. 498 (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2014) – A bankruptcy trustee sought turnover of profits from the sale of homes constructed by a contractor. The trustee...more

Overview of ABI Commission Report and Recommendation on the Reform of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code

The last major revision to U.S. business reorganization laws occurred in 1978. Since then, companies’ capital structures have become more complex and rely more heavily on leverage, including secured debt in particular; their...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Grants Summary Judgment Based On Ordinary Course of Business Defense

On December 18, 2014, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi issued an opinion granting summary judgment in favor of defendant and against trustee who sought to avoid and recover $1,181,583.84 as preferential transfers pursuant...more

The Coming of the Drones

Amazon isn’t the Only Business That Would Love to Get its Hands on “Octocopter” - Don’t look now—hobbyists may already be flying drones in the skies near you, and commercial uses are emerging. The New York Times...more

Banking Bulletin: Saddle Up! Livestock Lenders and Livestock Leasing

On August 14, 2014, in a dispute regarding entitlement to proceeds resulting from an auction of livestock in possession of a dairy farmer-debtor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an order in favor of a...more

Section 363 Sale Order Enjoining Successor Liability Claims Not Subject to Subsequent Attack by State Agencies

A recent decision in the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings for Chrysler has reinforced the authority of a bankruptcy court to interpret its own sale orders, and where appropriate, to enforce such an order by preventing creditors...more

Structured Dismissals – How They Work Part II: Proving That Cause Exists to Dismiss the Case Under Section 1112(b)

A. Where We Left Off As noted in Part I, movants seeking approval of a structured motion to dismiss must generally prove that: (1) the court has the power to enter an order approving a structured dismissal; (2)...more

Global Insight - Issue 12, Q4 2014

In This Issue: - Americas: Chapter 15: Section 363 Review Trumps Comity - Continental Europe: ..Update On Spanish Insolvency Laws - Refinancing Agreements And Purchase Of Business Units Of Companies...more

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