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Ordinary Course of Business Defense

Pre-Petition “New Value” Counts Toward the Preference Defense; Post-Petition “New Value” Does Not

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In an opinion that is informative although not precedential, In re AE Liquidation, Inc., No. 17-1794 (May 4, 2018), the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit considered both the ordinary course and the new value defenses to...more

Bankruptcy Law Update: Preferences and Selected Bankruptcy Issues

Preference Claims: Elements: A preference is a transfer of property of a bankruptcy debtor that (1) was to or for the benefit of a creditor; (2) was on account of an antecedent debt; (3) was made while the debtor was...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies What It Takes to Make a Preference Payment “Ordinary”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Bankruptcy Code permits a bankruptcy trustee to compel return of a payment made to a creditor within 90 days before a bankruptcy petition. 11 U.S.C. § 547(b)(4)(A). The justification for compelling the return of...more

Bankruptcy Preferences and the Ordinary Course Defense: Recent Decision Rescues Supplier

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Suppliers and vendors sometimes find themselves unpleasantly surprised by the bankruptcy of a customer, leaving a trail of unpaid invoices and little hope of recovery. To make matters worse, after licking their wounds and...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Seventh Circuit Broadens Ordinary Course of Business Defense to Protect Payments from Preference Recovery

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

In Unsecured Creditors Committee of Sparrer Sausage Company, Inc. (In Jason’s Food, Inc.), 2016 WL 3213096 (7th Cir. June 10, 2016), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a Bankruptcy Court’s narrow application of the...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Exclusion of Shareholder Proposals

by Alston & Bird on

On October 22, 2015, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released the highly anticipated Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (SLB 14H) concerning...more

New SEC Guidance Makes Excluding Shareholder Proposals More Difficult

by Dechert LLP on

In Staff Legal Bulletin 14H released on October 22, 2015, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance weighed in on two important means by which a company may exclude a shareholder proposal from company proxy...more

"Preferences - Mining the Ordinary Course of Business Defense"

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important preference decision on August 10, 2015. What You Need to Know - Payments to creditors arising from a recent, single business transaction can be protected by...more

The SemCrude Bankruptcy: Commodity Traders Prevail Against Related Fraud and U.C.C. Claims

In 2008, SemCrude, L.P. and related entities (collectively, SemCrude or the Debtors) filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In connection with the SemCrude bankruptcy, a dispute...more

Tenth Circuit Confirms That a Single Payment on New Purchase Contract May Satisfy Ordinary Course Defense Under 11 U.S.C. §...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In Jubber v. SMC Electrical Products, Inc. et al. (In re C.W. Mining Co.), Case No. 13-4175 (Aug. 10, 2015), the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that a single payment made by a debtor within the 90-day preference...more

Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - “Lawyers, Guns and Money”

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On July 6, 2015 the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued its eagerly awaited opinion in Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., addressing the question of what constitutes a company’s ordinary business operations and...more

Court of Appeals for Third Circuit Overturns District Court Ruling Regarding Exclusion of Shareholder Proposal From Proxy...

On July 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion overturning the November 2014 ruling of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. had...more

Wal-Mart Allowed to Omit Shareholder Proposal for Oversight of Products Sold

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On April 14, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an injunction against Wal-Mart that would have required it to include a shareholder proposal in its 2015 annual proxy statement. Wal-Mart will now be able to omit...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Grants Summary Judgment Based On Ordinary Course of Business Defense

by Morris James LLP on

On December 18, 2014, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi issued an opinion granting summary judgment in favor of defendant and against trustee who sought to avoid and recover $1,181,583.84 as preferential transfers pursuant...more

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