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Virginia Is For Lovers … And Chapter 11?

by Cole Schotz on

It’s no secret that Delaware, New York (Southern District), and Texas (at least since the oil and gas crisis) have become known as the “hotspots” for filing large chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Whether due to desirable...more

Silence is Not Consent: SunEdison Court Rejects Third Party Releases by Passive Consent

by K&L Gates LLP on

In today’s chapter 11 practice, third party releases are ubiquitous. A staple of the largest and most complex cases for years, plan provisions releasing and enjoining claims against non-debtors, particularly officers and...more

When Worlds Collide: Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and Chapter 11

Picture the scene: A vendor has just received word that its customer has filed chapter 11. The vendor put the customer on a cash-before-delivery basis and demanded assurances of performance. The vendor was successful in...more

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Effective on December 1, 2017

by Reed Smith on

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure become effective December 1, 2017. We highlight those amendments below, separating the discussion into amendments that impact both business and consumer bankruptcy...more

The Bankruptcy And Construction Junction: Making Your Texas Mechanic’s Lien Function Better In Bankruptcy

by Cole Schotz on

In order to secure a real property owner’s payment obligation, contractors, mechanics, materialmen, and other workmen are often granted a lien referred to by a variety of names including, materialmen’s liens, workmen’s liens,...more

Can a Receiver Keep Fees If the Underlying Judgement is Reversed on Appeal?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Question: I have been appointed receiver to collect a judgment. The judgment is on appeal. I am concerned that if the judgment is reversed my fees might be in jeopardy. Am I entitled to keep the fees I have been paid even if...more

Changes to Bankruptcy Rules Effective December 1

by Stoel Rives LLP on

I. BANKRUPTCY CLAIMS DEADLINE SHORTENED - A number of amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure go into effect on December 1, 2017. One amendment shortens the deadline for filing a proof of claim in voluntary...more

Solicitor General recommends US Supreme Court review in dischargeability case

On November 9, responding to a request from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Solicitor General filed a brief at the Court recommending that the petition for writ of certiorari in Lamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLP v. Appling, No....more

Chapter 11 Plan Not Providing for Payment of Make-Whole Premium Impaired Noteholders

by Jones Day on

In In re Ultra Petroleum Corp., 2017 BL 335015 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. Sept. 21, 2017), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that certain private-placement noteholders were entitled to receive a...more

The Magic of Mt. Gox

by Bryan Cave on

Arthur C. Clarke famously observed: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Our regulatory, legislative, and judicial systems illustrate this principle whenever new technology exceeds the...more

To Have and to Hold: Third Circuit Rules That Physical Possession of Goods Is Required Under Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy...

by Jones Day on

Since its enactment as part of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code has provided an important safety net for creditors selling goods to financially...more

Second Circuit Issues Key Cramdown Interest Rate Ruling

by Jones Day on

In Momentive Performance Materials Inc. v. BOKF, NA (In re MPM Silicones, L.L.C.), 2017 BL 376794 (2d Cir. Oct. 27, 2017) ("Momentive"), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a long-anticipated decision,...more

Third Circuit Rules That WARN Act's "Unforeseeable Business Circumstances" Exception Requires That Layoffs Be Probable, Not...

by Jones Day on

In Varela v. AE Liquidation, Inc. (In re AE Liquidation, Inc.), 866 F.3d 515 (3d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit became the sixth circuit court of appeals to rule that a "probability standard"...more

The Defense of Commercial Lenders in Multi-Tenant Bankruptcy

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in its recent decision in Town Center Flats, LLC v. ECP Commercial II LLC (In re Town Center Flats LLC), Case No. 16-1812 (6th Cir. May 2, 2017), reinforces an option that commercial lenders...more

Ninth Circuit: Federal Law Governs Substantive Consolidation, and Supreme Court’s Siegel Ruling Does Not Bar Consolidation of...

by Jones Day on

In Clark’s Crystal Springs Ranch, LLC v. Gugino (In re Clark), 692 Fed. Appx. 946, 2017 BL 240043 (9th Cir. July 12, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that: (i) the remedy of "substantive...more

Cross-Border Bankruptcy Update: COMI Migration and Illegitimate COMI Manipulation Distinguished

by Jones Day on

With the significant increase in cross-border bankruptcy and insolvency filings in the 43 nations or territories that have adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency (the "Model Law"), including the U.S., the...more

In Brief: Bankruptcy Court Rules That It Has Constitutional Authority to Grant Nonconsensual Releases in Chapter 11 Plan

by Jones Day on

In In re Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC, 2017 BL 354864 (Bankr. D. Del. Oct. 3, 2017), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware ruled that it had the constitutional authority to grant nonconsensual third-party...more

The So-Called “Innocent Spouse” Defense to Denial of Discharge Under 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(3)

by Burr & Forman on

Under § 727(a)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code, a court shall not grant a debtor’s discharge if “the debtor has concealed, destroyed, mutilated, falsified, or failed to keep or preserve any recorded information, including books,...more

In Brief: First Circuit Rules That Section 1109(b) of the Bankruptcy Code Creates an Unconditional Right to Intervene in an...

by Jones Day on

In Assured Guaranty Corp. v. Fin. Oversight & Mgmt. Bd. for Puerto Rico, 872 F.3d 57 (1st Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that section 1109(b) of the Bankruptcy Code gave an unsecured...more

Restaurants vs. Apparel: A Different Recipe for Restructuring A Retail Footprint

by Bryan Cave on

With the holiday season now upon us, analysts are closely watching the restaurant industry, particularly the casual dining segment. Reminiscent of the conditions in 2008-2009, many are speculating whether the increase in...more

Client Alert: Shorter Deadline for Filing Bankruptcy Claims and Other Changes to Bankruptcy Rules Starting December 1st

Creditors need to know of significant changes about to occur to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure ("Bankruptcy Rules"). On December 1, 2017, certain amendments to the Bankruptcy Rules will become effective. This...more

Real Industry Inc. Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Relief In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On November 17, 2017, Real Industry, Inc., along with its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively the “Debtors” or “Real Industry”), filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of...more

No 2004 Discovery Allowed When There Is A Pending Proceeding

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a short opinion entered November 14, 2017 Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied a motion of an interested party to “Attend and Participate in the Rule 2004 Examinations to be Conducted by the...more

Venezuelan Debt Crisis: Serious Financial Problems Plague the South American Country

Perhaps this is one of the first articles you’re reading about the debt crisis in Venezuela. It won’t be the last. The situation there is bad and will get worse. ...more

In Bankruptcy, a Lease Isn't Always a Lease

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In In re Price, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina recently explored the difference between a “true” lease of personal property and “disguised” financing. Creditors should take heed...more

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