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Bankruptcy Remoteness Going to a Court of Appeals (Progress Report No. 1)

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 holder of...more

Can I Secure a Loan with Bitcoin? Part I

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Each day seems to bring another story about Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, or another virtual currency. If virtual currencies continue to grow in popularity, it's only a matter of time before borrowers offer to pledge virtual...more

WVCCPA and the 2018 West Virginia Legislative Session Update #1

The 2018 West Virginia Legislative Session ended last week, and the legislature has rejected two bills that would have modified the Consumer Credit and Protection Act (“WVCCPA”), the primary statute in West Virginia that...more

The European Securitisation Regulation: The Countdown Continues...

by Jones Day on

Draft Regulatory Technical Standards on Content and Format of the STS Notification - Regulation (EU) 2017/2402, which lays down a general framework for securitisation and creates a specific framework for simple,...more

Looking to Enforce a Judgment Against a Debtor with UK Assets? The UK Just Cleared a New Path

by Kobre & Kim on

The highest UK court has upgraded international judgment creditors’ ability to enforce judgments and arbitration awards against third-party debt assets in the UK in a recent high-profile case. Creditors, particularly those...more

Court Confirms that Priority of Receivers’ Charges is Discretionary

Justice R. Graesser of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court) recently released his decision in Royal Bank of Canada v. Reid-Built Homes Ltd. (Decision), where he held that the Court has the discretion, but not the...more

eAlert Devil's Dictionary Exploding Guaranty

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The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Lenders Beware: The 9th Circuit Dilutes Voting Power in Multi-Debtor Cases (In re Transwest Resort Properties Inc.)

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Courts are often faced with the situation in which affiliated debtors file for Chapter 11 reorganization and request to have their cases jointly administered. While joint administration does not, without more, cause...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

District Court Holds That A Debt Collector May Not Rely On Information Provided By Creditor, Rejects Bona Fide Error Defense Claim

A District Court in the Seventh Circuit has held that a debt collector may not avail itself of the § 1692k(c) bona fide error defense if it “intentionally chose to present conflicting information,” even if that conflicting...more

Appellate Group News: 2017 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

2017 was a significant year for Murtha Cullina’s appellate practice group. The firm was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as its "Appellate Litigation Department of the Year." 2017 also marked two anniversary dates of...more

Resolving Circuit Split, US Supreme Court Holds Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Applies Only to Protected Parties

by Dechert LLP on

The Bankruptcy Code allows trustees, as well as debtors-in-possession and in some circumstances creditors’ committees, to set aside and recover certain transfers for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. The purpose of the...more

Good News on Florida Homestead Protections

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

I had previously written that as part of the 20 year revision process, a proposal to reduce Florida's constitutional homestead protection against claims for creditors was advancing. ...more

Credit support, collateral and creditors’ committees - leveraged finance deals in France

by White & Case LLP on

European Leveraged Finance Alert Series: Issue 2, 2018 - Following the release of White & Case’s 4th annual EMEA Leveraged Finance Report in January, this Alert discusses certain key legal issues when structuring leveraged...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

Maine Extends Reach of Its Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

On February 6, 2018, the state of Maine updated its Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to expand the range of debt collection activities that are subject to the statute’s licensing requirements. The Act made two changes to...more

Maine Ups the Ante on Debt Collection Licensing

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The State of Maine recently enacted legislation that greatly expands those entities required to obtain a debt collection license. Previously, a debt collector needed to obtain a license if it was attempting to collect a debt...more

Student Loan Debt Relief Company Banned from Doing Business in Kansas

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?On February 6, 2018, a Kansas state court entered a default judgment against a Florida student debt relief company banning it from doing business in Kansas and ordering it to pay over $39,000 back to one consumer. Kansas...more

10th Circuit Finds Rooker-Feldman Inapplicable to Colorado Non-Judicial Foreclosure Procedure

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently determined that the Rooker-Feldman doctrine, which limits federal-court jurisdiction, does not apply to a Colorado procedure for non-judicial foreclosure of mortgages....more

“Golden Share” Equity Holder Can Bar Bankruptcy Filing

The Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Mississippi (the “Court”), in In re Franchise Services of North America, Inc., Case No. 1702316EE (Bankr. S.D. Miss. Dec. 18, 2017), upheld the blocking power held by a...more

One and Done. Cramdown Requirement for an Impaired Assenting Class Applies on a Per-Plan, Not a Per-Debtor, Basis.

Confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization generally requires the consent of each impaired class of creditors. But, upon satisfaction of additional statutory requirements, a plan proponent can obtain confirmation of...more

UK Restructuring Scheme Case Study: Guiding Bibby Offshore Into Safe Waters

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

UK-based offshore and subsea oil & gas services company solidifies its position and completes ownership transfer to noteholders in major company milestone. The recent Bibby Offshore recapitalisation is as fair and...more

No Homestead Treatment for Property Owned by a Corporation [Florida]

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

In a recent case, residential property was owned by a corporation. The sole shareholder and president of the corporation resided on the property, and the corporation had attempted to convey the residence to the shareholder,...more

Supplier Strategies for the Financially Distressed Buyer

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

While the stock market continually reached new highs last year, the pace of retail bankruptcies did not abate. In just the last year, Toys R Us, Gymboree, Radioshack, Payless ShoeSource, BCBG Max Azria, Eastern Outfitters,...more

Third-Party Releases in Chapter 11 Plans

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross sitting in Delaware recently approved J.G. Wentworth’s (the “Debtor’s”) Chapter 11 plan after overruling an objection from the U.S. Trustee regarding third-party releases. The Debtor’s...more

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