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Samson Resources Preference Actions Filed In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Starting on September 12, 2017, Peter Kravitz, as Settlement Trustee of the Samson Settlement Trust, filed approximately 293 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent transfers...more

Sands Anderson Report on Toys 'R' Us First Day Hearing in Bankruptcy Filings

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Toys ‘R’ Us, Inc. and its affiliates have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division. Sands Anderson’s attorneys attended today’s “First Day”...more

A Pending Supreme Court Ruling Can’t Create a Claim that Doesn’t Currently Exist

After hearing oral argument at confirmation on August 30, 2017, the bankruptcy court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a written opinion in In re rue21, inc., et. al., Case No. 17-22045-GLT (Bankr. W.D. Pa....more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Order for Relief

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Iowa Legislature Introduces Asbestos Litigation Reforms

by K&L Gates LLP on

Over more than four decades of asbestos litigation, many former manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos-containing products have since filed for bankruptcy and exited the tort system. While these entities now have the...more

Single Purpose Limited Liability Companies for Liability Protection: A Word of Caution

by Williams Mullen on

It has become a fairly common practice among commercial and investment real estate owners to hold title to their various parcels in single purpose entities (“SPE’s”), most commonly limited liability companies (“LLC’s”). Many...more

Fed Adopts Final Rule Regarding Contract Termination Provisions for Repos, Stock Loans and Swaps with Systemically Important Banks

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On September 1, 2017 the Federal Reserve voted to adopt a final rule requiring U.S. global systemically important banking institutions ("GSIBs") and the U.S. operations of foreign GSIBs to amend qualified financial contracts...more

Seventh Circuit Denies Trustee a Second Bite at the Avoidance Apple

The Seventh Circuit recently held, in Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 16-1896 & 16-1916, 2017 WL 3470145 (7th Cir. Aug. 14, 2017), that (i) a transfer previously authorized by a bankruptcy court order cannot be avoided due to the...more

When Leaseholds And Sales Collide In Bankruptcy

by Barley Snyder on

Two sections of the Bankruptcy Code addressing leases sometimes work in tandem with each other, but some courts are creating a conflict. Section 363 gives bankruptcy courts the power to approve the sale of the assets of a...more

Not a Time for Second Thoughts: EDNY Holds Settlement Approval Stage Is No Escape Route

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. Bankruptcy Rule 9019 provides that on a motion brought by a trustee (and thus a chapter 11 debtor-in-possession as well) the court may approve a settlement. The prevailing view is that due to the court’s approval...more

Some Holiday Cheer for a Challenging Retail Environment

by Perkins Coie on

It would be an understatement to say that 2017 has been a difficult year for the retail sector. Store closings and bankruptcy filings punctuate the news almost daily. However, challenges beget opportunities, and this...more

Debt Dialogue: August 2017 - Setoff and Recoupment in Bankruptcy: A Brief Overview

This article provides a brief overview of the somewhat related doctrines of setoff and recoupment in the Chapter 11 context. Setoff is recognized in the Bankruptcy Code to offset the claims of creditors and the debtor in a...more

Courts, Cooperation, and More: Incorporating Case-Specific Provisions in Insolvency Protocols - September 2017

by Jones Day on

In cross-border restructuring cases, interested parties increasingly rely on court-approved insolvency protocols to aid in managing complex insolvencies involving debtors' assets, liabilities, or operations that span...more

Best in Law: Which Interest Rate Applies in Bankruptcy? With Low Federal Rates, It Matters, BB&K Attorney Thomas Eastmond Writes...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While the question of what interest rate applies to a claim in bankruptcy might seem, at first glance, to be straightforward — it is not. Depending on the circumstances, a creditor might be entitled to no interest at all,...more

Administration appointment valid notwithstanding crystallisation of prior-ranking floating charge

by Hogan Lovells on

In a decision that will be welcomed both by second-ranking secured creditors and by administrators, the Court of Appeal recently held that a second-ranking floating charge (SRFC) was still capable of being a qualifying...more

Following Series Of Procedural Battles, Bankruptcy Court Sends MF Global Holdings Dispute To Arbitration In Bermuda

by Carlton Fields on

In the latest opinion arising from a coverage dispute following MF Global Holdings’s bankruptcy, the Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York sent the dispute to arbitration in Bermuda pursuant to the underlying...more

Debt Dialogue: August 2017 - The IRS Withdraws Proposed ‘Net Value’ Regulations

The IRS announced in July that it has withdrawn proposed regulations (the net value regulations) that provided guidance regarding corporate formations, reorganizations and liquidations of insolvent corporations. Those...more

Debt Dialogue: August 2017 - Admitting an Inability to Pay Debts as They Become Due: What Does It Mean?

Among the litany of events of defaults often found in indentures and other credit documents is an issuer’s admission in writing of its inability to pay its debts as they come due. Like other insolvency events of default, this...more

The Section 363 Sale Process: Buying Assets from a Bankrupt Company

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Businesses struggle and bankruptcies are filed for a number of reasons, regardless of the economic climate. While unfortunate, this provides opportunities for others to purchase assets of distressed companies through the...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Use of Cash Collateral

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Wet Seal – Preference Actions Filed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On August 29, 2017, The Wet Seal, LLC filed preference actions against 67 defendants. The lead Wet Seal bankruptcy case is Case No. 17-10229 in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Wet Seal is represented by...more

Italy: New Rules on Financial Leases Provide Clarity

by Jones Day on

Law no. 124 of August 4, 2017 ("Law 124") provides important new rules on financial leases in Italy. It introduces a statutory definition of "financial lease" and deals with the event of serious breach (grave inadempimento)...more

Without WARN-ing: Third Circuit Clarifies WARN Act's Unforeseen Business Circumstances Exception

by Jones Day on

Valera v. AE Liquidation, Inc., the Third Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with five other circuits in holding that WARN notice was not required where an external event outside the employer's control triggering layoffs was...more

Delaware Court Holds that Trademark License Cannot be Assigned Without Consent

The Delaware bankruptcy court recently decided that a debtor could not assign a trademark license absent the consent of the licensor. The court concluded that federal trademark law and the terms of the license precluded...more

Model Reorg Acquisition, LLC Files for Bankruptcy in Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On August 26, 2017, Model Reorg Acquisition, LLC, and eighteen of its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “Model Reorg” or “Debtors”), filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the...more

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