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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

Amending Complaints 101 By Judge Gross – Physiotherapy Holdings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a 10-page decision signed November 6, 2017 in an adversary proceeding arising within the Physiotherapy Holdings bankruptcy (PAH Litigation Trust, case 15-51238), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied a motion...more

Non-Consensual Third-Party Releases in Chapter 11 Plans: a Recent Decision

A recent decision of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York provides important guidance on the limits of nonconsensual third-party releases in the Second Circuit. SunEdison, Inc. sought...more

A Degree Too Far: NY Bankruptcy Court Denies Debtors’ Request For Bankruptcy Rule 2004 Examination In Connection With Third-Party...

by Cole Schotz on

History: In a June 14, 2017, bankruptcy blog titled “Six Degrees of Separation: Use of Bankruptcy Rule 2004 Examination in Connection with Third-Party Litigation“, we reported on what appeared to be a case of first...more

Fee Disgorgement Can Be The Least Of Your Problems

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision signed October 25, 2017, Judge Shannon of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court issued an opinion requiring a professional to disgorge fees, pay a sanction of $25,000, and enjoined him from taking various actions in...more

We, the Releasees: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Holds That It Had Constitutional Authority to Approve Nonconsensual Third-Party...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 3, 2017, Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued a decision holding that the Bankruptcy Court had constitutional authority to approve...more

Momentive: Key Second Circuit Decision Tackles Make-Whole Premiums and Cramdown Interest

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Lenders and bankruptcy practitioners will need to consider with care how the Second Circuit’s recent Momentive decision will impact negotiations of (i) contractual provisions relating to payment of make-whole...more

Waivers of Jury Trials and Lawsuits in Bankruptcy Cases

Figuring out when a pre-petition waiver of a jury trial will be respected in lawsuits brought in bankruptcy cases can be tricky. In a recent case, In re D.I.T., Inc., 2017 Bankr. LEXIS 3386 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. Oct. 2, 2017), a...more

In Preference Suit, Seventh Circuit Holds That Debtor’s Assignment of Contractual Rights Does Not Negate Creditor’s New Value...

In Levin v. Verizon Bus. Global, LLC (In re OneStar Long Distance, Inc.), 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 18374 (7th Cir. Sept. 22, 2017), the Seventh Circuit recently addressed a situation where a debtor sought to reduce a creditor’s...more

Second Circuit Gives Momentive Secured Creditors Another Shot at Market-Based Interest Rate in Cramdown Fight; Also Affirms...

by King & Spalding on

On October 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit delivered a victory for secured lenders by remanding the District Court’s order confirming the Debtors’ proposed plan to determine whether an efficient...more

Millennium Lab Part II: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Dispels Shadow Over Non-Consensual Third-Party Releases (For Now)

by Dechert LLP on

In trotting a path out of Chapter 11, debtors in most cases will need to engage various key stakeholders, some of whom are not entitled to a distribution in the bankruptcy. As a form of remuneration, non-debtors may insist on...more

Bankruptcy Court Grants MF Global Holdings’ Motion To Reconsider Decision To Compel Arbitration In Bermuda, But Reaches Same...

by Carlton Fields on

On September 6, 2017, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued the latest order in the ongoing coverage battle between MF Global Holdings (“MF Global”) and Allied World Assurance Company regarding the...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules "Make-Whole" Provision Creates Enforceable Liquidated Damages

by Jones Day on

The Situation: After a ruling in In re Ultra Petroleum Corp. by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, certain private-placement noteholders are entitled to a "make-whole" premium in excess of $200...more

Houston Bankruptcy Court Splits With Third Circuit on “Statutory Impairment”

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Ultra court clarifies the requirements for classifying a creditor as “unimpaired” under a plan of reorganization. Key Points: - Texas bankruptcy court splits from Third Circuit in finding that a creditor must receive...more

Not so Stern: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Finds Authority To Approve Non-Consensual Third Party Releases; Stern Not Applicable

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On remand from an appeal to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein penned a resounding and thoroughly reasoned sixty-nine page opinion holding that the...more

Business Litigation Report - September 2017

September 2017: An Update on UK Tax Disputes Including the New UK Corporate Criminal Offense: What Is It and What Should You Do About It? - Introduction - Across the world, tax authorities are becoming more aggressive...more

Fees for Defending Fees – Recent Rulings Permit Contractual Circumvention of Supreme Court’s Baker Botts v. Asarco Decision

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Supreme Court two years ago ruled in Baker Botts v. Asarco that bankruptcy professionals entitled to compensation from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate had no statutory right to be compensated for time spent defending against...more

Debtor’s Failure to Disclose No Longer Deadly in Eleventh Circuit

by Perkins Coie on

Employers and other defendants suffered a setback recently. Most large companies have been sued by an employee who failed to disclose the lawsuit or cause of action in their individual bankruptcy case. For many years, the...more

September 2017: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation Update

Ninth Circuit Holds That a Shareholder Can Be Liable for an Actual Fraudulent Transfer When Its Wholly-Owned Corporation Transfers Assets Even Absent a Showing of Alter Ego. On July 11, 2017, the Ninth Circuit in DZ Bank AG...more

Yet Another Ruling Deepens the Divide on Whether the Bankruptcy Code’s Avoidance Provisions Apply Extraterritorially

by Jones Day on

The ability 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 a non-U.S. transferee—as is increasingly common...more

Maine Bankruptcy Judge Rules That § 362(c)(3)(A) Automatically Terminates Automatic Stay

by PretiFlaherty on

In the recent opinion of In re Smith, the Maine Bankruptcy Court (Fagone, J.) held that the termination of the automatic stay under 11 U.S.C. § 362(c)(3)(A) extends to the debtor, the debtor’s property, and property of the...more

Ultra Court Confirms Make-Whole Amount and Post-Petition Interest for OpCo Noteholders

by Morgan Lewis on

The court awarded OpCo Noteholders in excess of $320 million in Make-Whole Amount and post-petition interest, confirming that make-whole is an enforceable liquidated damage claim....more

Equitable Mootness Doctrine Persists in Bankruptcy Appeals

In recent years, courts have become increasingly critical of the doctrine of equitable mootness, a judicially created abstention doctrine that allows appellate courts to dismiss appeals from a bankruptcy court’s confirmation...more

Supreme Court Declines to Resolve Circuit Split on Debt Recharacterization

On August 10, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rescinded the grant of certiorari in PEM Entities LLC v. Levin on the grounds that review had been “improvidently granted.” The case seemingly provided a perfect vehicle to resolve...more

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