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Trademark Licenses . . . Again (Again)

Our January 22 post discussed “a long-running issue concerning the treatment of trademark licenses in bankruptcy” and its resolution in the January 12 decision of the First Circuit in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v....more

You Can’t Reject My Trademark License - Can You?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In 2015, we wrote about the District of New Hampshire Bankruptcy Court’s decision in In re Tempnology, LLC. That decision was significant because it bucked a recent trend in bankruptcy jurisprudence to permit trademark...more

Alert: Cambridge Analytica Files For Bankruptcy Protection

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Cambridge Analytica filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code late last week and recently announced that it will be shutting down. We will be monitoring the case for interesting bankruptcy litigation updates...more

PA Court Finds Funds Returned To Debtor After An Actual Fraudulent Transfer Not Recoverable

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania clarified that funds returned to the debtor are not recoverable as intentional fraudulent transfers. See Holber v. Nikparvar (In re Incare, LLC),...more

Chapter 15: Decision Reviews Jurisdictional Issues and Bankruptcy Code Section 109

In a recent decision, In re B.C.I Fins. Pty Ltd. (In Liquidation), No. 17-11266, 2018 Bankr. LEXIS 1217 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Apr. 24, 2018), Judge Sean Lane granted a chapter 15 petition after rejecting a challenge to...more

Eighth Circuit Holds that Non-Profit, Non-Bankrupt Entities are Insulated from Substantive Consolidation

The Bottom Line: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the District Court of Minnesota and the Bankruptcy Court in holding that section 303(a) of the Bankruptcy Code prohibits the substantive consolidation of non-debtor non-profit...more

New York Bankruptcy Court Permits Discovery Requests In Chapter 15 Case Despite Potentially Conflicting Cayman Islands Law

by Cole Schotz on

On April 17, 2018, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) issued a decision requiring CohnReznick LLP (“CohnReznick”) to produce documents requested by the foreign representatives (the...more

First Circuit: Trademark Licensee Doesn't Retain Rights After Rejection by Bankrupt Licensor - Court's Decision Causes Circuit...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Considered without reference to a corresponding definition, Section 365(n) of the Bankruptcy Code seems clear. If the trustee or debtor-in-possession, as licensor, rejects an executory intellectual property license, the...more

Bankruptcy Court Holds That Transferee Not Liable For Intentional Fraudulent Transfer Where Funds Were Returned To Debtor

Section 544 of the Bankruptcy Code permits a bankruptcy trustee to avoid any transfer that would be avoidable by creditors under state fraudulent transfer law. Section 550 of the Bankruptcy Code permits the bankruptcy trustee...more

Supreme Court Bankruptcy Thoughts: Scope of Safe Harbor and Appellate Review

The Supreme Court recently addressed two bankruptcy issues. In its Merit Management opinion, the Court resolved a circuit split regarding the breadth of the safe harbor provision which protects certain transfers by financial...more

Equity v. Statute: In Bankruptcy, the Code Prevails (The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors v. The Archdiocese of Saint...

Garrison Keillor once said, “Sometimes I look reality straight in the eye and deny it.”[1] Being that the case arose in Minnesota, perhaps Circuit Judge Michael Melloy channeled Keillor, one of that state’s great humorists,...more

Can Tax Sales Be Set Aside In Bankruptcy? The Federal Courts Are Increasingly Split

In BFP v. Resolution Tr. Corp., 511 U.S. 531 (1994), the Supreme Court held that a mortgage foreclosure sale conducted in accordance with state law was shielded from avoidance under the Bankruptcy Code’s fraudulent conveyance...more

Supreme Court To Decide Important Bankruptcy Case

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The United States Supreme Court is poised to decide whether a mis-statement about a single asset must be in writing in order to give rise to a non-dischargeable debt for fraud. Scott Appling supposedly orally lied to his...more

Bankruptcy Remoteness Going to a Court of Appeals (Progress Report No. 3)

Our February 22 post reported that the Franchise Services of North America, Inc. decision of Bankruptcy Judge Edward Ellington of the Southern District of Mississippi dismissing a Chapter 11 petition because a shareholder had...more

Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbor Defense Eliminated by Supreme Court; Variant Defense May Survive

In a unanimous decision in Merit Mgmt. Grp., LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the scope of a Bankruptcy Code exception to the “avoiding powers” of a bankruptcy trustee or Chapter 11...more

Supreme Court Displays More Pragmatic Approach to the Bankruptcy Code in Merit Management v. FTI Consulting

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc. has appropriately drawn significant attention. The Court, by narrowing the “safe harbor” provision of Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Standard of Appellate Review of Creditor’s Insider Status

In U.S. Bank N.A. v. Village at Lakeridge, LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision on standards of appellate review, holding that appellate courts should review a bankruptcy court’s determination of whether a...more

The Supreme Court Clarifies The Scope Of Section 546(E)’S Safe Harbor For Securities Related Transactions In Merit Management...

by Cole Schotz on

The Bankruptcy Code gives a bankruptcy trustee, or the debtor in possession, the power to “avoid” certain transfers made by the debtor at various times before filing for bankruptcy relief. Congress provided a number of...more

Debate Intensifies as to Whether the Bankruptcy Code’s Avoidance Provisions Apply Extraterritorially

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession to avoid fraudulent or preferential transfers is a fundamental part of U.S. bankruptcy law. However, when a transfer by a U.S. entity takes place outside the U.S. to...more

First Circuit Rejects Sunbeam Approach to Effect of Rejection of Trademark License in Bankruptcy

by Jones Day on

In Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC (In re Tempnology, LLC), 879 F.3d 389 (1st Cir. 2018), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that the rejection of a trademark license in bankruptcy means...more

Texas Bankruptcy Judge Holds that Not Every Loan Related to Education is a Nondischargeable Student Loan in Purported Class Action

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(8) generally prohibits a discharge of student loan debt, unless the student debtor can prove that paying it back would be an undue hardship—often a high bar. That does not stop student debtors...more

Maritime Liens and the Automatic Stay: Impact of the Ninth Circuit’s Barnes Decision

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Can a Bankruptcy Court order the sale of a vessel “free and clear” of a seaman’s maritime lien for maintenance and cure under Bankruptcy Code § 363? According to the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in Barnes v. Sea Hawaii...more

Chapter 15 Update: U.S. Venue Selection Clause Does Not Trump Distribution Scheme in Italian Restructuring Plan

by Jones Day on

In determining whether a U.S. bankruptcy court should provide the representative of a foreign debtor with various forms of assistance in a case under chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, the court must consider, consistent with...more

Check Pleas: Reimbursement Check Delivered to Employee Pre-Petition is Unauthorized Post-Petition Transfer

Section 549 of the Bankruptcy Code permits a trustee or debtor in possession to avoid (and ultimately recover) a transfer of the debtor’s property “that occurs after the commencement of the case” and “is not authorized under...more

U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Scope of Section 546(e)’s Safe Harbor for Securities Transaction Payments

by Jones Day on

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated ruling resolving a long-standing circuit split over the scope of the Bankruptcy Code’s "safe harbor" provision exempting certain securities transaction...more

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