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Court Rejects Lender’s Objection to Payment of Debtor’s Counsel’s Fees and Expenses from Pre-Petition Retainer

In a decision rendered on December 30, 2016, the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Court”) addressed the debtor’s counsel’s interim application for an award of fees and expenses for services rendered...more

The Alchemist’s Guide to Post-Judgment Collections

In the hectic world of North Carolina civil litigation, the focused practitioner understandably may lose sight of the forest for the individual trees. Analyzing thousands of pages of poorly-copied document production for that...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Rule Allowing Curing Debtors to Avoid Contractual Post-Default Interest Is No Longer Valid

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that a Chapter 11 debtor could not avoid the payment of default interest under a promissory note as a condition to curing and reinstating such promissory note under a Chapter 11 plan. In...more

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court Sends a Reminder on Avoiding the Substantive Consolidation Trap

There are numerous reasons why a company might use more than one entity for its operations or organization: to silo liabilities, for tax advantages, to accommodate a lender, or for general organizational purposes. Simply...more

In re Roust: Seven Steps to Confirming a Plan in Seven Days

On January 6, 2017, Judge Robert D. Drain of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York orally approved a prepackaged plan of reorganization (a “Prepack”) in In re Roust Corporation, et al. (Case No....more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Liquidating Chapter 11

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

The Lehman Administration Surplus and the High Court Ruling in Waterfall IIC

A recent UK High Court ruling in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) ("Lehman Waterfall IIC") considers the application of statutory interests on proven debts in an administration and in particular the...more

So What Does a Bankruptcy Carve-Out Clause Really Mean? Delaware Bankruptcy Court Concludes It is Not a Cap on Fees After All

In chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, it is not uncommon for secured parties/lenders to provide a “carve-out” for various professional fees. Frequently there may be a “carve-out” for “all chapter 11 professionals” or the...more

"Possession or control" of Financial Collateral – Matter Number C-156/15

The Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") has given its first ever ruling on the question of what constitutes "possession or control" of financial collateral for the purposes of the Financial Collateral Directive -...more

Clerical Error in Creditor’s Name Does Not Sink Debt Collector

A demand letter sent by a debt collector was not doomed by an incorrect statement of the creditor’s name. In Santibanez v. National Credit Systems, Inc., the debt collector’s initial letter stated as follows...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Judge: A Carve-Out for Fees Is Not a Cap

Judge Christopher Sontchi recently issued an important opinion in the Molycorp chapter 11 case. He held that a standard carve-out in a financing order for the fees of counsel and other professionals for an official...more

New UAE Insolvency Law

Executive Summary - The new UAE bankruptcy law was published in the Official Gazette dated 29 September 2016 following the issuance of Federal Decree Law No.9 of 2016 on Bankruptcy (the “Bankruptcy Law”) and became...more

A Secured Lender Must Receive Default Interest Under a Chapter 11 Plan Purporting to Cure a Defaulted Loan in the Ninth Circuit

A recent Ninth Circuit decision overturned earlier case law allowing debtors to avoid paying default interest when a defaulted loan was "cured" through a confirmed plan of reorganization. In Pacifica L 51 LLC v. New...more

Ukraine: Unified registry of debtors officially launched (Ukrainian)

In the beginning of January 2017, the Unified Registry of Debtors (hereinafter, “the Registry”) has been officially launched. ?he Registry should contain the information about debtors under enforcement proceedings, which were...more

Ukraine: Unified registry of debtors officially launched

In the beginning of January 2017, the Unified Registry of Debtors (hereinafter, “the Registry”) has been officially launched. ?he Registry should contain the information about debtors under enforcement proceedings, which were...more

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Confirms Chapter 11 Plan Less Than Two Weeks After Commencing...

On January 10, 2017, in the case of In re: Roust Corporation, et. al., (1623786 ) (RDD), pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”), Judge Robert D. Drain entered an...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Zone of Insolvency

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

Courts Split on Definition of a “Return” for Tax Discharge

On October 11, 2016, Martin Smith petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit. After Smith failed to file a timely tax return, the IRS assessed a deficiency against him....more

Ninth Circuit Rules Lease Damages Cap Does Not Apply to Damages Independent of Termination

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Court”) issued an opinion, holding that the statutory cap on a landlord’s damages claim in a bankruptcy case applies only to claims resulting...more

Modernised UK Insolvency Rules Arriving April 2017

The updated UK Insolvency Rules 2016 will come into force on 6 April 2017. The new rules have four aims: - to reflect modern business practice and increase efficiency; - to restructure and modernise the 1986...more

Bankruptcy Cases To Watch In 2017

John Melissinos was quoted in a Law360 article that ran January 2, 2017, discussing the top bankruptcy cases to watch in 2017 and the issues expected to dominate discussions over the next year including Chapter 11 exit...more

Middle District of Florida Defines Settlement Communications Allowed Under the FDCPA

On November 18, 2016, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida held that the communication of an unequivocal and non-coercive settlement offer does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

Debtors Who Misuse Collateral Can Lose the Benefit of Discharging their Debt in Bankruptcy

On November 21, 2016, in a case entitled In re Monson, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s decision, which held that a debtor’s conduct constituted a willful and malicious injury to a...more

Trustee Lacks Standing to Assert Legal Malpractice Claims on Behalf of Debtors

The Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court (Panos, J.) dismissed an adversarial proceeding complaint brought against debtor’s counsel which alleged legal malpractice. The trustee alleged that debtor’s counsel committed malpractice...more

AGG Litigation Insights Newsletter - Fall 2016

Social media is everywhere, and while it gives businesses an unprecedented opportunity to reach a record number of consumers at a minimal cost, it can prove to be a double edged sword when disgruntled employees or customers,...more

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