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Chris Lazarini Discusses Recoupment of Civil and Criminal Penalties under Bankruptcy Code

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case in which the defendant – who had pleaded guilty in a criminal case to one count of fraud under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and one count of money laundering,...more

Data in the cloud: What if the cloud provider goes bankrupt?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

With data being the new “coin of the realm,” those who control and exploit data have a winning advantage over competitors. This piece focuses on control of data in the unique situation of a cloud hosting provider’s...more

Zetta Jet: multi-jurisdictional investigation and asset tracing

by DLA Piper on

DLA Piper is advising Zetta Jet in relation to ongoing proceedings in the United States, Singapore and Australia. This multi-jurisdictional matter centers on the bankruptcy proceedings and subsequent collapse of the luxury...more

Bankruptcy Remoteness Going to a Court of Appeals

Back in the day--say, the last two decades of the twentieth century--we bankruptcy lawyers took it largely on faith that the right structural and contractual provisions purporting to confer bankruptcy-remoteness were...more

Eleventh Circuit Follows Ninth Circuit in Awarding Appellate Fees for Automatic Stay Violation

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

By its recent decision in In re Horne, 876 F.3d 1076 (11th Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit broadened the scope of attorney’s fees that are recoverable pursuant to section 362(k) of the...more

Post-Discharge Loan Modification with Partial Claim Gets Servicer in Trouble with Bankruptcy Court

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York recently sanctioned a mortgage servicer for violating a bankruptcy discharge injunction when it required a debtor to sign a subordinate mortgage and note—pursuant...more

New York Bankruptcy Courts Hold That a Debtor’s Failure to Make Postpetition Loan Payments is a Basis for Granting Relief from the...

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

February 2, 2018 There are basically two alternative grounds for a secured lender to achieve a lifting of the automatic stay imposed by the bankruptcy filing of its borrower. One is to establish that the debtor has no equity...more

Limiting Ponzi Scheme Recoveries in Bankruptcy: United States Supreme Court Declines to Review Fraudulent Transfer Ruling in Favor...

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to review a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit favorable to a bank regarding alleged fraudulent transfers to the bank. In doing so, the...more

Bankruptcy Court Holds Credit Union Policy Does Not Violate Discharge Injunction

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

CentsAbility: Creditors' Rights Law Update - A New York Bankruptcy Court has held that a statement from a credit union in response to a Chapter 7 debtor who received a discharge of his obligations owed to the credit union ...more

Three key changes for bankruptcy procedures in 2018

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The New Year brings with it new changes to the bankruptcy code. These recent rule changes apply to any case filed after December 1, 2017, and may apply retroactively to pending proceedings in those instances where it would be...more

Prison for Bankruptcy Fraud Where Creditors Paid 100%

by Clark Hill PLC on

On November 7, 2017, a panel of the Third Circuit, in an unreported decision, upheld the District Court’s determination that intended loss equaled the amount of concealed assets in a bankruptcy fraud case in which creditors...more

Bankruptcy Courts Just Say No to the Marijuana Industry

Despite growing public acceptance of marijuana and the wide-spread passage of state laws legalizing marijuana for medicinal and even recreational purposes, marijuana remains a criminal offense under federal law which presents...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Award of Attorneys’ Fees Incurred by Individuals for Stay Violation in Damages Action and on Appeal

The Bottom Line - Addressing an issue of first impression in the Eleventh Circuit, the Court in Mantiply v. Horne (In re Horne), 876 F.3d 1076 (11th Cir. 2017), recently held that section 362(k)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Challenge to Dischargeability of Claim Against Broker in Bankruptcy

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed an adversary proceeding brought against a broker by a plaintiff seeking recovery of investment losses. After the plaintiff filed a FINRA arbitration, the broker filed a...more

Claw Back of Parent PLUS Loan Proceeds to Pay College Tuition Hits a Roadblock

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Over the last few years, Chapter 7 trustees of the bankruptcy estates of parents that paid college tuition for their children in the years before their bankruptcy filings have actively pursued the recovery of those tuition...more

New tax law eliminates NOL carry backs

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a blow to certain distressed companies, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminates the ability of taxpayers to carry back net operating losses (“NOLs”) incurred after December 31, 2017, to previous tax years. Under the...more

Litigation Funders’ Collateral Did Not Include Malpractice Claims

When the fallout from failed intellectual-property litigation collides with bankruptcy, the complexities may be dizzying enough, but when the emerging practices and imperatives of litigation financing are imposed on those...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Relating to Pre-Petition Payments to D&O’s

The Fifth Circuit, in In the Matter of: ATP Oil & Gas Corp. (Tow v. Bulmahn, et. al.), dismissed breach of fiduciary duty claims and fraudulent transfer claims brought by a chapter 7 trustee relating to cash bonuses and...more

Creditors Beware: Inbound Bankruptcy Rule Changes Require Heightened Awareness

On December 1, 2017, several important changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will be implemented. Those changes will impact creditors who have secured claims, judgment liens, and unsecured claims against...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

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

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

Blog: Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Bankruptcy Procedure Take Effect December 1, 2017

by Cooley LLP on

Just about every year amendments are made to the rules that govern how bankruptcy cases are managed — the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. The amendments address issues identified by an Advisory Committee made up of...more

Amendments to Chapter 12 make it easier for a family farmer to reorganize

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a rare bipartisan moment, Congress overwhelmingly passed and the President signed into law on October 25 the Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act of 2017. This legislation makes it easier for family farmers to...more

Third Circuit Reinforces that Rules are Not Meant to Be Broken

The Third Circuit recently held, in Schepis v. Burtch (In re Pursuit Capital Management, LLC), No. 16-3953, 2017 WL 4783009 (3d Cir. Oct. 24, 2017), that under section 363(m) of the Bankruptcy Code, if a party does not seek a...more

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