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The Customer Finally Pays, But the Bankruptcy Trustee Demands the Payment Be Returned; What to do When Faced with a Preference...

Many businesses have been there - a customer who is always slow to pay or, worse yet, has stopped all payments. You diligently press them for payment and after many promises, you finally receive payment. The receivable...more

Bankruptcy Courts Divided On Whether Chapter 13 Plan Extends Time for Redemption

Bankruptcy courts are currently divided on whether a debtor has a right to redeem property sold at a tax sale after the removed “statutory” redemption period has run. The time for redemption depends on the law of the state...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules Chapter 13 Debtors Must Assume or Reject Leases in 120 Days

In a recent decision from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine, In re Cho, the Court ruled that 11 U.S.C. § 365(d)(4)(A) applies to debtors in Chapter 13 cases. In this case, the debtors operated a dry cleaning...more

Creditors Benefit from Seventh Circuit’s Interpretation of “Ordinary Course of Business” Defense to Preferences

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently discussed the standard for whether payments made to vendors in the 90 days prior to a bankruptcy filing are within the “ordinary course of business” defense. In making...more

How Reporting a Crime May Subject You to Sanctions

You are a creditor and your loan is secured by personal property, let’s say equipment. The borrower recently filed for bankruptcy protection. You receive a phone call from a friend advising you that someone has a moving...more

Bankruptcy Courts Closing In – Will An Agreement Requiring Unanimous Consent To File For Bankruptcy Be Effective?

We’ve all seen it. The business opportunity looks enticing but is laced with risk about a potential bankruptcy filing down the road. As bankruptcy lawyers we are often asked how deals can be structured to prevent a...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies What It Takes to Make a Preference Payment “Ordinary”

The Bankruptcy Code permits a bankruptcy trustee to compel return of a payment made to a creditor within 90 days before a bankruptcy petition. 11 U.S.C. § 547(b)(4)(A). The justification for compelling the return of...more

Indah Kiat – A Scheme Pulped

On 12 February 2016 Snowden J handed down his judgment in Indah Kiat International Finance Company B.V. [2016] EWHC 246 (Ch). Indah Kiat International Finance Company B.V. ("Indah Kiat"), part of the global Asia Pulp & Paper...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

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

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

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

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

UCC Standing Blocked in Recent Sabine Decision

What showing must creditors make to be granted the right to prosecute claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate? Under the widely recognized standard established by the Second Circuit in In re STN Enterprises, a bankruptcy...more

Illinois Bankruptcy Court Nullifies Lender's Right To Block Debtor's Bankruptcy Filing

Often, as part of a forbearance agreement, a lender will obtain a provision requiring its consent to any subsequently filed bankruptcy; the theory being that if the business debtor subsequently defaults under its restructured...more

Ninth Circuit Rulings on Equitable Mootness in Transwest and Sunnyslope Impact Third Party Investors

The doctrine of equitable mootness provides that Chapter 11 reorganization plans will be deemed moot, and therefore not subject to appellate review, if a plan has been substantially consummated and granting appellate relief...more

Dot Your “I”s and Cross your “T”s: When It Comes to Perfecting Your Security Interest

It always starts so easy. Borrower comes in and wants to borrow money. Lenders want some form of collateral to secure (potentially) a loan and the Borrower happily agrees to provide, or pledge, collateral to secure a loan. ...more

The Ultimate Arizona Bankruptcy Guide – Pt. 5 – The Automatic Stay

People don’t want to file for bankruptcy. Often the decision to file for bankruptcy only occurs after a point is reached where something financially painful is about to happen. Wage garnishment. Foreclosure. Debt collection...more

Another Alternative Fee Arrangement Bites the Dust

On March 16, 2016, Judge Shannon of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware rejected a proposed fee structure for Baker Botts L.L.P., which was proposed counsel to the debtors in In re New Gulf Resources, LLC. ...more

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