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Unsecured Creditor Perspectives in Energy Restructurings

This Practice Note provides guidance and advice to unsecured creditors in energy restructurings. This Note specifically addresses restructurings in the oil, gas, and coal industries and the strategies that unsecured creditors...more

The Tax Consequences of John Oliver’s $15 Million Medical Debt Forgiveness

It was widely reported that on the June 5 episode of the HBO program, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver forgave nearly $15 million of medical debt. That’s not quite right. This blog explains what really happened and why the...more

Mainbrace: June 2016 (No. 3)

As the July 1, 2016, effective date for the SOLAS Regulation VI/2 amendments quickly approaches, unanswered questions and difficulties complying with varied international and domestic implementations loom large. In an effort...more

Will Inherited IRAs Be Used As A Tool for Protecting An Inheritance from Creditors?

A recent decision out of a New Jersey Bankruptcy Court highlights a loophole in the Bankruptcy Code which may allow Chapter 7 debtors to keep significant assets out of the hands of trustees and creditors. In In re...more

One Bite at the Apple: Section 502(e)(1)(B) and the Disallowance of Redundant, Contingent Claims

Section 502(e)(1)(B) of the Bankruptcy Code allows debtors to seek disallowance of certain types of contingent claims to avoid being twice liable on a single obligation. It has the added benefits of facilitating debtors’...more

Delaware Court Voids LLC Agreement Provision Giving Creditor Veto Over Bankruptcy

A Delaware bankruptcy court has joined what appears to be a recent trend toward invalidating limited liability company operating agreement provisions that effectively afford lenders veto power over the LLC’s authority to file...more

Litigation Funder Communications Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine

Addressing a novel issue in In re: International Oil Trading Company, LLC, 548 B.R. 825 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2016), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida recently denied in part an involuntary...more

Greater Choice in Liability Management and Bond Restructurings

Liability management exercises (“LMEs”) are increasing in the bond and capital market and are often used in relatively benign situations. They are certainly not always a precursor to a full-scale restructuring or insolvency....more

Getting the Most Bang for Your 503(b)(9) Bucks

Many creditors who have supplied goods to a debtor before a bankruptcy case begins think their only prospects for recovery will be pennies on the dollar. While often times, pre-petition claims are relegated to receive small,...more

Game Over, Man! Bankruptcies Trump Ongoing Obligations under Expired CBAs

On May 31, 2016, the Supreme Court denied the cert. petition of Unite Here Local 54, Atlantic City’s largest casino workers’ union, which challenged a Third Circuit decision affirming a Delaware Bankruptcy Court decision that...more

The Art of Post-Judgment Collection in Connecticut

If you think getting a judgment is difficult, try collecting one…. There is definitely an “art” in collecting money. Especially in Connecticut where there are specific procedures that a judgment creditor will have to take...more

Secured Creditors Must Be Diligent to Protect Post-Petition Interest and Costs

U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan recently affirmed a ruling from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in In re Construction Supervision, Inc. that a secured creditor that was oversecured...more

The United States Supreme Court Expands Discharge Exception to Include Fraudulent Transfers

Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(2)(A) provides that a debtor may not receive a discharge for a debt for "money, property, services… to the extent obtained by: (A) false pretenses, a false representation or actual fraud… ." In...more

Energy Future Holdings Chapter 11 Case – The Largest Game Ever of Texas Hold’em?

The chapter 11 case of Energy Future Holdings (“EFH” or “Debtors”) roared back to life this month. Certain key conditions for the plan of reorganization approved last December (the “First Plan”) to become effective were not...more

Uniform Voidable Transactions Act Signed Into Law by Iowa Governor

Iowa Code 674 Uniform Fraudulent Conveyance Act amendments were signed by the Iowa Governor on March 31, 2016. A successor to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA), this newly-signed Act is now known as the Uniform...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filings – Vertellus Specialties, Inc. et al.

Vertellus Specialties, Inc., a global manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals, and ten affiliates have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No....more

Take Notice of This Change: Supreme Court Adopts Recommended Amendments to Bankruptcy Notice of Payment Change Rule

Come December, the requirements surrounding notices of payment change (“PCNs”) for certain mortgage loans in bankruptcy will change. The Supreme Court, on April 28, 2016, adopted various proposed amendments to the Federal...more

Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Holds that an Oversecured Creditor Is Entitled to Default Interest After the Petition...

In Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC (In re Beltway One Dev. Grp., LLC), 547 B.R. 819 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel recently held that an oversecured creditor is...more

R&I Update: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 3: Yes, Gathering Agreements Can Be Rejected as Executory Contracts...

Reuters recently reported that “the rout in crude prices is snowballing into one of the biggest avalanches in the history of corporate America, with 59 oil and gas companies now bankrupt[.]” In March, we described how surging...more

Purchasing a Corporation in Maryland? “Mere Continuation” Rule Just Became Clearer

The Maryland Court of Appeals (the “Court”), the state’s highest court, in Phillip Martin, v. TWP Enterprises Inc. (No. 1855, Sept. Term, 2014, decided Feb. 24, 2016, Leahy, J.) addressed what it identified as the third...more

Changes to Act 91 Notice of Intention to Foreclose

In April of 2016, the Pennsylvania Housing Financing Agency (“PHFA”) published final amended regulations in connection with the Homeowner’s Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (“HEMAP”). A number of the changes deal with...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Debt Collection Letters Sent to a Consumer’s Attorney Qualifies as a Communication With a Consumer...

Following the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Bishop v. Ross Earle & Bonan, P.A., No. 15-12585, creditors and debt collectors should immediately review their practices to ensure that any communication to a debtor or a debtor’s...more

Risks of Withdrawing a Case: Reciprocity of Attorneys’ Fees in Connecticut Consumer Contract Default Actions

Lenders beware! If you have brought an action to seek recovery of a defaulted consumer loan whether it be foreclosure or a breach of contract action, Connecticut has a statutory scheme which provides that the debtor, if it...more

Public Policy Overrides the Confidentiality of Tax Returns in California in Connection With a Judgment Debtor Examination

The Court of Appeal of the State of California – First Appellate District in Li v. Yan (5/2/16 – Case no. A144994) affirmed the trial court’s ruling that a judgment debtor’s tax returns are not privileged from disclosure in...more

Preference Defendants, Rejoice! Services Billed in a Lump Sum Can Be Allocated Per Diem, for Your New Value Defense

Preference actions are, for the most part, insanity. We won’t go on a tirade here. But recently, a ruling brings common sense to the “new value” defense....more

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