Commercial Bankruptcy Chapter 11

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Delaware Law Updates – Freedom of Contract in LLC Structure Is Not Absolute Where Parties Seek Bankruptcy Relief

In re Intervention Energy Holdings, LLC, Case No. 16-11247 (D. Del. June 3, 2016), the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware dealt with the issue of whether a Delaware LLC lacked authority to file a Chapter 11...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

Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Chapter 11: Part I of II – The Petition Package, Filing the Case, Filing Fees, and First...

As a Chapter 11 debtor’s attorney, the prospect of serving as debtor’s counsel is an exciting – and increasingly rare – opportunity. The preparation for filing a Chapter 11 case involves negotiating complex cash collateral...more

General Motors: Protection Granted in Section 363 Sale Orders is Only as Good as the Notice Given

In a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the General Motors case, the court held certain claimants were not afforded procedural due process with respect to the § 363 sale of General Motor...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh in on Structured Dismissals and Settlements Circumventing the Bankruptcy Code’s Priority Scheme

On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to a Third Circuit-affirmed settlement and dismissal of the chapter 11 cases of Jevic Transportation, Inc. (“Jevic”) and certain of its affiliates. See...more

Delaware Organizational Meeting – ESML Holdings and Essar Steel Minnesota LLC

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: Tuesday July 19, 2016, 10:00 AM - Case Name: ESML Holdings Inc. Case Number: 16-11626 (BLS)...more

How Reporting a Crime May Subject You to Sanctions

You are a creditor and your loan is secured by personal property, let’s say equipment. The borrower recently filed for bankruptcy protection. You receive a phone call from a friend advising you that someone has a moving...more

Essar Steel Affiliates File Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 Petitions in Delaware

Certain North American based affiliates of Essar Steel Ltd (Mumbai) have today filed Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 petitions in Delaware. ESML Holdings Inc. and Essar Steel Minnesota LLC have filed Chapter 11 proceedings in...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court: Corporate Debtor's Negotiated Waiver of Bankruptcy Protection Void as Contrary to Federal Public Policy

A provision in LLC's corporate governance document, the sole purpose and effect of which is to place into the hands of a single minority holder (who happens to be a Creditor of the LLC) the ultimate authority to deny the...more

Delaware Organizational Meeting – SynCardia Systems, Inc.

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: Thursday July 14, 2016, 1:30 PM - Case Name: SynCardia Systems, Inc. Case Number: 16-11599 (MFW)...more

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