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Structured Dismissals – How They Work Part I: Court Authority for an Alternative Ending

Over the past decade, debtors have increasingly used the protections of Chapter 11 to sell substantially all of their assets in sales under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. As a result, post-sale debtors frequently have...more

Credit Bid (Round 2): What Does It Take to Show “Cause”?

In re Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church of Boston, 510 B.R. 453 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2014) – In connection with a proposed sale of real property, a chapter 11 debtor sought to prohibit the mortgagee from...more

Catching Judge Sontchi’s “Flurry of Opinions” PARTS 2-3 OF 3

In This Issue: - In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al, 14-10979 (CSS) (CSC Trust Company of Delaware, as Indenture Trustee, v. Energy Future Intermediate Holdings Company LLC and EFIH Finance, Inc., Adv. Pro No:...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

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

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

Closing the Chapter 7 Loophole for High Income Debtors

Heralded by debtor’s attorneys as “a wonderful loophole”1 in the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor who has primarily business, rather than consumer, debts can qualify for a speedy Chapter 7 discharge despite a high earning capacity...more

Equitable Mootness: Two Recent Third Circuit Decisions

Equitable mootness is a judge-made remedy that is misnamed. Judges apply it to seek an equitable result, but mootness in the constitutional sense is absent. Article III, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution bars federal...more

The Absolute Priority Rule in Individual Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases lives on … for now

The principle behind the absolute priority rule is simple: unsecured creditors should be paid before the debtor is entitled to retain property of the bankruptcy estate. In a corporate setting the absolute priority rule...more

KB Toys: Don’t Play with Clouded Claims

In a recent decision by the influential Third Circuit Court of Appeals, In re KB Toys Inc., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 23083 at *17 (3d Cir. Nov. 15, 2013), the Court decided that “the cloud on the claim” stemming from a...more

Chapter 11 Update: New Bankruptcy Billing Guidelines Go Into Effect NOVEMBER 1

New federal guidelines governing the review of bankruptcy attorneys' fees and expenses go into effect on November 1, 2013. These guidelines, which were approved by the Department of Justice's United States Trustee Program...more

Debtors Beware: Resolving Environmental Liabilities in a Judicially Approved Bankruptcy Settlement Triggers the Statute of...

When an entity that has filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code resolves its environmental liability to a state or the United States via a settlement agreement, there are several steps...more

Burr Alert: The Basics Of Cramdown Interest Rates In Chapter 11

A debtor in a chapter 11 bankruptcy may treat a secured claim in one of two ways in its plan of reorganization: (1) the debtor may propose to cure any existing default, compensate the creditor for any loss sustained by the...more

Unique aspects of sales involving nonprofit assets in bankruptcy

Sales of a debtor’s assets, either pursuant to section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code or through a confirmed chapter 11 plan of reorganization, have become increasingly common in recent years and are generally viewed as an...more

Rogers Towers: Caveat Creditor: Courts Split Regarding Abrogation of Absolute Priority Rule for Individual Chapter 11 Debtors

Although the 2005 BAPCPA amendments appeared to be a boon for creditors, at least with respect to Chapter 7 claims, individual Chapter 11 debtors immediately seized upon a perceived ambiguity in Congress’ language with...more

Patriot Coal Authorized to Modify Union Obligations

On May 29, Patriot Coal (Patriot) became the third major debtor in the last year to receive court approval to modify union benefits or reject a CBA under sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code....more

The $382,901 Check Really is in the Mail

We recently delivered a $382,901 check to a client in payment of a Bankruptcy Section 503(b)(9) claim, known as a “20-day administrative” claim. The claim arose from the client’s pre-petition sale of goods to its customer....more

"Potential New Tax Planning Opportunities for Financially Distressed Pass-Through Entities"

In a decision issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a debtor’s qualified subchapter S subsidiary (QSub) status is not property of the bankruptcy estate. The Third Circuit’s opinion...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: The Market's Unquenchable Thirst for Junk  [Video]

May 22 (Bloomberg) -- AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc. and Ahern Rentals Inc. are prime examples of the frothy market where junk-bond investors are fearless in the face of risk, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News...more

Wilbur Ross Says Results-Based System Can Curb Ch. 11 Fees

Law360, New York (December 03, 2012, 7:05 PM ET) -- An American Bankruptcy Institute commission designed to take stock of the state of Chapter 11 anticipates that any changes to the Bankruptcy Code would likely focus on the...more

Recent Court Decisions Hold That The Absolute Priority Rule Still Protects Creditors Of Individual Chapter 11 Debtors

As the economic recovery continues to wind along through the up and down financial cycles that have been the hallmark of the last four years, there can be little doubt that some individuals historically on the higher end of...more

To Release Or Not to Release – If That Is the Question, What Is the Answer?

In a recent decision by the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, the court adopted a flexible approach to consensual third party releases in a plan of reorganization. In In re Indianapolis Downs, LLC, 2013 Bankr....more

Lenders Beware -- Fifth Circuit has lowered the bar for cramdown plan confirmation

In a recent Fifth Circuit decision, Western Real Estate Equities, LLC v. Village at Camp Bowie I, L.P., No. 12-10271 (5th Cir. 2013), the court held that the acceptance vote from a minimally and “artificially impaired” class...more

Bankruptcy Court Rejects Forum-Shopping Ploy

Originally published in the Connecticut Law Tribune on March 11, 2013. It has become a reality of bankruptcy practice that most large or complex Chapter 11 cases are filed and administered in one of two so-called...more

Tribal Corporate Bankruptcy Petition Raises Issues of First Impression for Bankruptcy Court

On March 4, 2013, ‘SA’ NYU WA, Inc., a tribally-chartered corporation wholly owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona. This is a...more

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