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Security Interests in Intellectual Property and Related Issues in Bankruptcy

Intellectual property (“IP”) can act as collateral to be pledged to secure an extension of credit. For example, a company that borrows money from a bank can pledge its patents as collateral for the loan. The bank (referred...more

Priority of Payouts in Bankruptcy Filing: Priority, Secured & Unsecured Debts

People often wonder how creditor payment work in bankruptcy filing, in Bakersfield, California. Debt falls into three main categories – priority, secured and unsecured debts....more

Valuing a Secured Creditors Collateral: A Time Frame

Section 506(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code provides common-sense instruction that the allowed amount of a secured claim is equal to the value of the collateral securing the claim and that a claim is unsecured to the extent the...more

In re Brown: Replacement Value Applies Even When Debtor Surrenders Property

The recent Eleventh Circuit case of In re Brown, 746 F.3d 1236 (2014) held that 11 U.S.C. § 506(a)(2)'s replacement value standard applies even when a Chapter 7 or 13 debtor surrenders collateral under 11 U.S.C. §...more

The totem pole in Bankruptcy. Who gets paid first?

Chapter 7 bankruptcies have a hierarchy of creditor claims that is the result of the legislative process. The totem pole was carved with an attempt at fairness and common sense, but naturally has politics painted on it. ...more

The Full Credit Bid at a Foreclosure Sale: Don’t Make One Without the Advice of Knowledgeable Counsel

While the Great Recession appears to be slowly receding, rising oil costs and other price increases threaten to choke off what had appeared to be an economic recovery. Accordingly, foreclosures may become more frequent in the...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Newsletter - June 2014

In this issue: - Are Breakup Fees at Risk? - Credit Bidding Rights Limited, Capped by Debt Purchase Amount - Court Upholds Creditor’s Security Interest Despite Post-Petition Lapse of Financing Statement...more

Massachusetts AG Sues FHFA Over Foreclosure Policies

On June 2, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit against the FHFA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac for allegedly violating the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law, which, among other things,...more

Equity Begets Flexibility: Valuing a Secured Creditor’s Claim in Bankruptcy and Allocating Post-Petition Interest

The First Circuit Court of Appeals in In re SW Boston Hotel Venture, LLC, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6768 (1st Cir. Apr. 11, 2014) recently ruled on a number of issues critical to valuing a secured claim in bankruptcy....more

Financing with IP Collateral

In a recent guest post on the Patently-O blog by Dennis Crouch, William Mann, an assistant professor of finance at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA, notes the explosion in USPTO filings that record a creditor’s...more

Delaware District Court Affirms Order Approving Gifting In Chapter 11 Case

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has affirmed a bankruptcy court order which approved both a sale of the debtors’ assets and the establishment of an escrow account, which essentially provides a “gift” to...more

New Jersey Allows Localities To Levy Fines For Failure To Maintain Vacant Properties

On May 15, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed AB 347, which authorizes municipalities to impose penalties on a creditor that fails to timely remedy violations related to the maintenance of vacant residential property...more

Our Neighbors Filed Bankruptcy and Kept Everything. What Will We Lose?

This area of Bankruptcy law deals with a lot of ‘twos.’ There are two components of a Bankruptcy: assets and debts. There are two kinds of debts: dischargeable and non-dischargeable. There are two kinds of assets: exempt...more

Court Rejects Effort to Transfer Venue of Energy Future Holdings Bankruptcy From Delaware to Texas

In a ruling yesterday, Judge Christopher Sontchi of the United State Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware denied a motion by a bond trustee to transfer venue of the Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings from...more

Massachusetts AG Urges FHFA Action On REO Sale Restrictions And Principal Reduction Options

On May 14, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley sent a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt threatening legal action if the FHFA does not direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when they sell a foreclosed property, to...more

Sbarro LLC Confirms Plan of Reorganization

On Monday, May 29, 2014, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved Sbarro LLC’s plan of reorganization, paving the way for the pizza restaurant chain to exit bankruptcy. Sbarro filed...more

Prepetition Default Interest — Take Nothing For Granted

The case is In Re Shree Mahalaxmi Inc., 503 B.R. 794 (Bankr. W.D. Tex. 2014). After a mortgage lender learned of a prepetition default during a bankruptcy, it filed an amendment to its proof of claim to add prepetition...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Limits Credit Bid of Senior Secured Creditor to Promote Competitive Asset Auction

In In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc., 2014 WL 210593 (Bankr. D. Del. January 17, 2014), a Delaware bankruptcy court issued a noteworthy Memorandum Opinion that limited a secured creditor’s ability to credit bid in a sale...more

Just When Secured Creditors Thought it Was Safe to Credit Bid Again . . . .

The ability of a secured creditor to credit bid at a bankruptcy sale was recently called into question (again) in a January 17, 2014 decision by Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in the In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc....more

Recent Decision Caps Secured Creditor’s Credit Bid in §363 Sale to Purchase Price of Acquired Debt

It is well-settled that secured creditors are ordinarily entitled to credit bid their allowed secured claim in a sale pursuant to § 363 of the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”). In Radlax Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank,...more

Fisker bankruptcy update: Should secured creditors really be concerned?

The opinion by the Delaware bankruptcy court in In re Fisker Auto. Holdings, Inc., raised alarm bells for secured creditors throughout the country. Many worry that it will diminish the valuable right of secured creditors to...more

What's "Commercially Reasonable" for Article 9 Foreclosure Sales?

Since the financial crisis, sales under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code have provided an increasingly popular way for secured creditors of distressed businesses to recover their loans. However, despite the advantages of...more

Set Off Rights: Recovering Goods or Proceeds from a Bankrupt Client

When a client goes bankrupt, an unpaid supplier is often left with few remedies. Generally speaking, the unpaid supplier’s recovery is limited to their proportional share of what is left of the proceeds from the bankrupt’s...more

For Secured Creditors, Too Late May Be Too Little

In a recent advisory, we reported on an apparently favorable decision to secured creditors from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that held that a secured creditor’s claim survives bankruptcy where the secured creditor...more

Capital Infusion: Case Spotlight: In re SemCrude, L.P.

Sudden interruptions in oil supplies caused by the 1973 Arab oil embargo, the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the outbreak of the war between Iran and Iraq in 1980 led to the energy crises of the 1970’s and 1980’s, forcing...more

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