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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

Bankruptcy Trustees Are Entitled To Jury Trials Too?!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Americans generally cherish their right to a jury trial under the Sixth and Seventh Amendments to the United States Constitution and the media certainly perpetuate the idea that jury trials are the norm. However, there are...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

Eleventh Circuit Narrows Application of Judicial Estoppel

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The Eleventh Circuit has revisited the question of when a debtor may be judicially estopped from pursuing a civil lawsuit due to his or her failure to disclose the claims forming the basis of the lawsuit in their bankruptcy....more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: Offshore and off limits: SDNY Bankruptcy Court finds foreign transfer...

by Dechert LLP on

Can foreign transfers of a U.S. debtor be avoided under the Bankruptcy Code’s avoidance provisions? While the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently found that the answer is no, that court, as well as...more

Three Point Shot - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On August 25th, 2017, in a convincing knockout, a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed dozens of lawsuits against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather alleging Pacquiao's concealed shoulder injury impacted the quality of...more

Double Whammy: In a Sweeping New Opinion, the Ninth Circuit Creates a New Mechanism for Completely Wiping Out Unexpired Leases in...

In In re Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC, Case No. 15-35572 (9th Cir. Sept. 12, 2017), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a bankruptcy trustee may use Section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code to sell real property free...more

Focus on Health Care Provider Bankruptcies

by Jones Day on

The next few years are expected to see a significant increase in the volume of bankruptcy cases filed by health care providers. Thus far in 2017, the number of bankruptcies in health care-related sectors, including hospitals,...more

Some Upside To Being Upside-Down: The Fifth Circuit Provides Undersecured Creditors An Additional Front On which To Contest...

by Cole Schotz on

Undersecured creditors face unique challenges because they are neither fully secured nor fully unsecured. Beyond the obviously undesirable issue of being upside-down on their deal, undersecured creditors often are exposed to...more

Private Schools Defeat Clawback Claim by Chapter 7 Trustee

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Over the last few years, Chapter 7 Trustees have aggressively sought to clawback tuition payments made to colleges and universities by parents on behalf of their children after the parents filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy....more

Samson Resources Preference Actions Filed In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Starting on September 12, 2017, Peter Kravitz, as Settlement Trustee of the Samson Settlement Trust, filed approximately 293 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent transfers...more

No Surrender: Massachusetts Appeals Court Preserves Foreclosure Challenges for Bankruptcy Petitioner

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Like Bruce Springsteen, a Massachusetts bankruptcy debtor said "no surrender" when it came to his home. In EverBank v. Chacon, a panel of the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued a non-binding decision that a debtor's...more

Coming Soon: Bankruptcy Proofs of Claim Must be Filed Sooner and by More Claimants

by Snell & Wilmer on

Bankruptcy Rule 3002 is getting an update, which goes into effect on December 1, 2017. Creditors in a Chapter 7 (liquidation), Chapter 12 (family farmer), and Chapter 13 (individual reorganization) bankruptcy need to take...more

Dear Mortgage Lender – Where Debtors Surrender, Act Quickly

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Eleventh Circuit’s ruling in the Failla case was triumph for mortgage lenders when it affirmed the District Court’s opinion that “once the debtor decides to ‘surrender’ secured property… [w]hile the debtor need not...more

Beware of the ABL Trap: The Challenges of Retail Chapter 11 Debtors and Asset Based Lending

An asset based loan (“ABL”) is often the financing of choice for retail borrowers – and for good reason. In its simplest form, an ABL is a credit facility, usually in the form of a revolving line of credit, the availability...more

Tenants Beware – The Ninth Circuit Has Ruled That The Bankruptcy Code Can Be Used By A Landlord To Strip A Tenant’s Right To...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Just last month, the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Matter of Spanish Peak Holding II, LLC, that is potentially devastating to a tenant that leases property from a landlord that files for bankruptcy relief....more

Third Circuit Applies More Flexible Standard for WARN Exemption

The Third Circuit, in In re AE Liquidation, Inc., Case No. 16-2203 (3d Cir. Aug 04, 2017) held that the Debtors were not liable under the WARN Act for failing to warn employees of furloughs and layoffs until those furloughs...more

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