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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

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

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

Lenders' risk: Who really owns the collateral?

Unlike real estate transactions where a lender can obtain title insurance, secured lenders are often relying upon the representations and warranties in their loan agreement and the borrower’s audited financial statements, if...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

Why Would an Individual or Business File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Instead of Chapter 13?

Both businesses and individuals who own a business can use Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy to obtain debt relief through new loan repayment terms. Still, even though the two chapters seem similar at a glance, there are...more

In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc.—Delaware District Court Refuses to Hear Distressed Investor’s Appeal of Order Limiting...

On January 17, 2014, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Bankruptcy Court”) entered an order in the Fisker Automotive (“Fisker”) chapter 11 bankruptcy cases limiting the ability of Fisker’s...more

How Exposed are Holders of Offshore Chinese Bonds?

In late 2013, Latham & Watkins hosted a restructuring conference, Maximizing Outcomes in Upcoming Asia Restructurings, at the Asia Society in Hong Kong. The conference featured a series of keynote speakers and panel...more

Dirt-for-Debt Buries Creditor with Risk and Uncertainty

In order to confirm a chapter 11 plan of reorganization, a debtor must satisfy all the provisions of §1129(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, except for §1129(a)(8). Section (a)(8) requires that each class of creditors either (i)...more

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