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Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners LP Wins Chapter 11 Plan Approval

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Madeline Coleman approved a modified Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Plan for Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners, L.P (“Philadelphia Entertainment”) on Monday, July 28, 2014. ...more

Why Chapter 11 Bankruptcy is the Only Bankruptcy Option for Some Individuals

While Chapter 11 is mainly a form of bankruptcy for business entities, individuals also have the option of filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. Since Congress enacted the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer...more

Bankruptcy Sales and Leases: “Free And Clear” May Not Be So “Free And Clear”

In approving the sale of a Chapter 11 debtor’s assets, a bankruptcy court found that a tenant of the debtor was entitled to continue in possession of the leased portion of the sold property for the remainder of its lease. ...more

Genco Shipping Valuation Leaves Equity Interests Under Water

A chapter 11 plan can only be confirmed if it does not discriminate unfairly and is “fair and equitable” to any non-accepting impaired class. In this case, the issue was whether the debtor’s projected “reorganization value”...more

Environmental Claims: Twenty Years Later

A Chapter 11 debtor moved to reopen its bankruptcy case more than 15 years after it was closed in order to enforce the plan confirmation order to prevent claims by a state environmental agency and other potentially...more

Some Days, A Stay Is Easier to Obtain Than Others

In A&F Enterprises v. IHOP Franchising LLC, 742 F.3d 764 (Seventh Cir. 2014), Chapter 11 debtors appealed a determination that their building leases were deemed rejected because they were not timely assumed. Both the...more

July 2014: Bankruptcy and Restructuring Update

Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy—Uncertainties Remain Following the Eighth Circuit’s En Banc Decision in Interstate Bakeries. The bankruptcy of a party to an intellectual property license presents serious...more

A Key Customer Filed for Bankruptcy: Should You Keep Doing Business With Them?

When a key customer files bankruptcy, one of the first questions you will face is whether to keep doing business or end the relationship. (Another key question is making sure your pre-bankruptcy claim gets on file or...more

Court Rules That Creditors May Assert Full Amount of Claim Despite Partial Recovery From Third Parties

On June 23, 2014, a federal bankruptcy court in Nebraska issued an order in the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Biovance Technologies, Inc. and William Edward Julien that granted American National Bank’s (“ANB”) motion for...more

Lender Beware: Ensure Plan Releases are Limited to Debtor’s Obligations

A creditor who settles with a debtor during a bankruptcy case must be sure to continue following the case during the plan stage, or risk the plan affecting the creditor’s rights against third parties. Iberiabank learned that...more

North Carolina Court Quashes Chapter 11 Debtor's Blatant Gerrymandering To Achieve Plan Confirmation

In a recent decision welcomed by creditors, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina reversed a bankruptcy court order confirming a Chapter 11 debtor’s plan because the debtor engaged in...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Bankruptcy Court Rules That Undersecured Creditor Could Object to Claims that Were Listed on the Debtor’s...

In In re 3333 Main, LLC, Case No. 13-51533 (ECF No. 172) (Bankr. D. Conn. May 29, 2014) (Shiff, J.), the Debtor listed a number of unsecured claims on its bankruptcy schedules without indicating they were disputed, contingent...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Newsletter - June 2014

In this issue: - Are Breakup Fees at Risk? - Credit Bidding Rights Limited, Capped by Debt Purchase Amount - Court Upholds Creditor’s Security Interest Despite Post-Petition Lapse of Financing Statement...more

Bankruptcy Court Dismisses Class Action DFR Complaint Involving Airline Merger

One deliberately ironic facet of the 2004 film Howard Hughes bio-pic The Aviator (the one with Leonardo DiCaprio) is the fact that the airlines fighting for world dominance in the 1940s were Howard Hughes’ TWA and Juan...more

Sixth Circuit Joins Appellate Courts Holding That The Absolute Priority Rule Applies In Individual Chapter 11 Cases

A little over a year ago, I authored an article addressing the question of whether the “Absolute Priority Rule” applied to Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases filed by an individual. That article, which focused on the decision of the...more

Pros and Cons of the Pre-Pack Bankruptcy

Energy Future Holdings Corp. filed a prepackaged ("pre-pack") chapter 11 in April 2014 seeking a complete restructuring and quick-exit from bankruptcy, aiming to be in and out of bankruptcy in under 11 months. In May 2014,...more

Delaware District Court Affirms Order Approving Gifting In Chapter 11 Case

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has affirmed a bankruptcy court order which approved both a sale of the debtors’ assets and the establishment of an escrow account, which essentially provides a “gift” to...more

Storm Clouds Continue to Gather Over Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbors

As noted in a previous Sutherland Legal Alert, the American Bankruptcy Institute has formed a Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission). To further its goal of proposing changes to modernize the Bankruptcy...more

A Lesson On What Not To Do In A § 363 Auction

For numerous corporate Chapter 11 debtors, the sale of some or all of the company’s assets may be the only way to reorganize the company’s debt. Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code sets forth a specific procedure wherein the...more

U.S. District Court Reaffirms Distressed Debt Funds Not Eligible Assignees under Loan Agreement

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington found that certain distressed debt funds were not “financial institutions” under the definition of “Eligible Assignee” in the applicable loan...more

Court Rejects Effort to Transfer Venue of Energy Future Holdings Bankruptcy From Delaware to Texas

In a ruling yesterday, Judge Christopher Sontchi of the United State Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware denied a motion by a bond trustee to transfer venue of the Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings from...more

Sbarro LLC Confirms Plan of Reorganization

On Monday, May 29, 2014, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved Sbarro LLC’s plan of reorganization, paving the way for the pizza restaurant chain to exit bankruptcy. Sbarro filed...more

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Bankruptcy Court’s Ruling that the Absolute-Priority Rule No Longer Applies to...

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion confirming that the absolute priority rule still applies to individual chapter 11 debtors following the 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Code. Ice House America,...more

Energy Future Holdings Files For Bankruptcy; Second Lienholders Oppose Deal

On April 29, 2014, Energy Future Holdings filed what it claims is a pre-packaged chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. The bankruptcy, which ranks among the largest cases ever with over $36 billion in assets and nearly $50...more

Business Bankruptcy: Executive Summary - Need to Know Bankruptcy Concepts

The following is an executive summary of the “need to know” bankruptcy concepts as they impact creditors in business insolvencies. CHAPTER 11 vs. CHAPTER 7 - - Chapter 11 is technically used for bankruptcy...more

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