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Preferential Transfers

In Brief: Court Rules Against Lyondell Litigation Trustee on LBO Fraudulent Conveyance Claims

by Jones Day on

In Weisfelner v. Blavatnik (In re Lyondell Chemical Company), 2017 BL 131876 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Apr. 21, 2017), the bankruptcy court presiding over the chapter 11 case of Lyondell Chemical Company ("Lyondell") handed down a...more

Kiwi Defense Doesn't Get Off the Ground in Preference Litigation Involving Related, but Severable, Contracts

by Jones Day on

Among the required elements of a claim to avoid a preferential transfer under section 547(b) of the Bankruptcy Code is that, if the creditor-transferee were permitted to retain a pre-bankruptcy payment, it would end up being...more

Courts Continue Trend of Recognizing Tribal Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Court) issued a decision on Feb. 28, 2017, that has important – and positive – significance for Native American tribal governments, their...more

Judicial Foreclosure Sales are Immune to Preference Challenges

The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has recently held that a pre-petition foreclosure of a debtor’s real property, conducted in accordance with state law, is not subject to attack as a preference...more

Shareholder Liability For Corporate Income Tax?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Limited Liability - In general, the creditors of a corporation cannot recover the corporation’s debts from its shareholders—the shareholders enjoy the benefit of limited liability protection as a matter of state law....more

Technology Law Newsletter

by Buchalter on

As this election year draws to a close, forecasting the future is a topic of discussion, not only in political circles, but in technology circles as well. To chart the best way forward, it is important to understand...more

Is Bank Debt a Security?: Dangerous Implications of the General Motors Litigation

GM’s term lenders had received $28 million in cash interest during the 90 days prior to GM’s filing, and $1.5 billion in full payment during the bankruptcy, subject to disgorgement if the term lenders proved to be...more

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

by Clark Hill PLC on

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 Beat: Seventh Circuit Broadens Ordinary Course of Business Defense to Protect Payments from Preference Recovery

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

In Unsecured Creditors Committee of Sparrer Sausage Company, Inc. (In Jason’s Food, Inc.), 2016 WL 3213096 (7th Cir. June 10, 2016), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a Bankruptcy Court’s narrow application of the...more

Protecting Your Business: Payment Plans Are Not Necessarily Bankruptcy Proof

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be . . . .” Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, line 75 With all due respect to the great Bard, that simply isn’t possible in today’s business world. Even businesses that are not directly involved...more

Payments to Investors in a Securitization Structure Protected from Avoidance

by Dechert LLP on

In what appears to be a matter of first impression, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that payments made to investors in a two tiered securitization structure commonly employed in...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Madoff Trustee’s Six-Year Transfer and Preference Claims

With several billions of dollars ultimately at stake, the Second Circuit has affirmed that Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code, a safe-harbor protecting certain securities-related payments from bankruptcy “claw backs,”...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Grants Summary Judgment Based On Ordinary Course of Business Defense

by Morris James LLP on

On December 18, 2014, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi issued an opinion granting summary judgment in favor of defendant and against trustee who sought to avoid and recover $1,181,583.84 as preferential transfers pursuant...more

Blog: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Adopts “Subsequent Advance” Approach to Preference New Value Defense

by Cooley LLP on

In Miller v. JNJ Logistics LLC (In re Proliance Int’l, Inc.), the question was “whether an (alleged) preferential transfer may be reduced by subsequent new value regardless of whether it was ‘paid’ or ‘unpaid’ prior to the...more

Sixth Circuit Clarifies Burden of Proof on Lien Validity and Confirms Availability of Defensive Avoidance Powers

by Baker Donelson on

On December 17, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in the matter of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C. v. C. Kenneth Still, (Case No. 12-6374) resolving two bankruptcy issues of...more

Second Circuit Rules That Payments Made To Purchase Notes Are Exempt from Avoidance Under Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held, on June 10, 2013, that payments made by a company to purchase notes issued by an affiliate were transfers made in connection with a “securities contract,” and...more

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