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The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Ipso Facto Clause/Provision

by Polsinelli on

IPSO FACTO CLAUSE/PROVISION: A contract clause that terminates or modifies, or grants the non-debtor party the right to terminate or modify, the contract upon the debtor’s bankruptcy filing or the insolvency or financial...more

Eroding the Majority Rule: Another Circuit Concludes That Lease Can Be Extinguished in Free-and-Clear Bankruptcy Sale

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of competing interests in the property has long been recognized as one of the most important advantages of...more

When Leaseholds And Sales Collide In Bankruptcy

by Barley Snyder on

Two sections of the Bankruptcy Code addressing leases sometimes work in tandem with each other, but some courts are creating a conflict. Section 363 gives bankruptcy courts the power to approve the sale of the assets of a...more

“Spanish Peaks” and Leases in a Landlord’s Bankruptcy – Tenants Beware!

The recent Spanish Peaks decision from the Ninth Circuit (covering Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) deepens the split in case law on the ability to strip off leases in a...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Leases To be Stripped in Section 363 Sale

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Courts consistently have held that the sale of real property under the Bankruptcy Code cannot "strip off" the leasehold interests in that property. Until now, only one case held to the contrary and was generally considered an...more

Commercial Tenant Debtors in Chapter 11: Fundamentals of Landlord Creditor Protection in Bankruptcy

by BakerHostetler on

Commercial landlords have unique protections in bankruptcy, but can lose these rights if they do not assert them. When a commercial tenant files bankruptcy under Chapter 11, the landlord must carefully monitor filings and...more

Kiwi Defense Doesn't Get Off the Ground in Preference Litigation Involving Related, but Severable, Contracts

by Jones Day on

Among the required elements of a claim to avoid a preferential transfer under section 547(b) of the Bankruptcy Code is that, if the creditor-transferee were permitted to retain a pre-bankruptcy payment, it would end up being...more

The Impact of Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. on Gas Gathering Agreements

On March 10, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered an order affirming a bankruptcy court ruling that permitted the debtors to reject certain gas gathering agreements, finding...more

Mission Accomplished … First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Acknowledges Post-Rejection Rights of Licensee of Trademarks

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the First Circuit recently upheld a licensee’s rights to use a debtor’s trademarks and logo after a rejection by the debtor of the underlying licensing and distribution agreement....more

Blog: A Beam Of Sun For Trademark Licensees: Another Appellate Court Holds Rejection Does Not Terminate A Trademark Licensee’s...

by Cooley LLP on

The In re Tempnology LLC bankruptcy case in New Hampshire has produced yet another important decision involving trademarks and Section 365(n) of the Bankruptcy Code. This time the decision is from the United States Bankruptcy...more

My Intellectual Property Licensor is Bankrupt – Now What?

by Fish & Richardson on

Bankruptcy presents risks for, among many others, intellectual property (“IP”) licensees. Fortunately, there is a provision in the federal bankruptcy law that is designed to protect IP licensees when a licensor becomes...more

The Right To Countersecurity From A Debtor In Bankruptcy

by Blank Rome LLP on

U.S. maritime law offers a maritime plaintiff two principal means of obtaining security for its claims: Rule B attachment in respect of maritime claims, and Rule C arrest in respect of maritime liens. These rules are...more

Alleviate the Fear of a License Counterparty Filing for Bankruptcy

by Polsinelli on

A legitimate fear among companies negotiating license agreements exists, and that is the fear of the license counterparty filing for bankruptcy. Given the business interruption that ultimately could occur as a result of a...more

Running With the Land

by Locke Lord LLP on

A long-honored concept in real property, that of “covenants running with the land,” is finding its way into the bankruptcy courts. If a covenant (a promise) runs with the land then it burdens or benefits particular real...more

Recent Bankruptcy Cases May Have a Significant Impact on the Midstream Oil and Natural Gas Pipeline Industry

Two recent bankruptcy cases could affect billions of dollars of oil and gas pipeline infrastructure investments. On March 8, 2016, Judge Chapman of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York...more

Ruling on Pipeline Agreements in Sabine Chapter 11 Case Indicates Battles That Lie Ahead in Energy Company Bankruptcy Cases

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman ruled last week in the chapter 11 case of Sabine Oil & Gas that Sabine could utilize the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to “reject” certain agreements with pipeline operators. This decision will...more

R&I Update: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Restructurings, Volume 2 Can Gathering Agreements Be Rejected as Executory Contracts?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

“The carnage is going to be terrible,” cried a recent Dallas Morning News headline. “It’s a hellacious problem,” lamented another article. It’s no secret the energy sector has come upon hard times. Oil prices are down 70...more

Blog: A Reminder Of The Limits Of Section 365(n)’s Licensee Protection

by Cooley LLP on

A decision last month by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire serves as a good reminder that, although helpful, Bankruptcy Code Section 365(n)’s protection for intellectual property licensees definitely...more

Nonresidential Leases: What Does It Take To Avoid Deemed Rejection?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In re Simbaki, Ltd., 520 B.R. 241 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2014) – A chapter 11 debtor sought to assume a restaurant lease.  The landlord objected, arguing among other things that the lease was not timely assumed and so was...more

What General Counsel Should Know When a Company's Tenant Files for Bankruptcy

Your tenant files for bankruptcy-what’s your move? Debtors who are lessees under real property leases have certain rights regarding their lease under § 365 of the Bankruptcy Code. Essentially, the debtor has two options: 1)...more

Terminating a Lease Prior to Bankruptcy: Tricks and Traps

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As many commercial landlords can attest based on experience, a tenant that files bankruptcy receives the benefit of rights and protections under the Bankruptcy Code that it would not have outside of bankruptcy. Among other...more

Tucker Arensberg Vindicates Rights of Government Landlords In Bankruptcy Appeal

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Attorneys Michael Shiner and Irving Firman obtained a successful decision on appeal confirming the right of a governmental landlord to evict tenants following rejection of leases in bankruptcy. The Housing Authority sought a...more

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Decision Protects Rights of Trademark Licensees - "Free and Clear" Sale of a Trademark or Intellectual...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey issued an opinion in In re Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc., No. 14-24287-MBK that provides significant protections for trademark licensees. The opinion was issued on...more

Patent Reform Bill, And Its Revisions To Bankruptcy Code Section 365(n), Stalls In The Senate

by Cooley LLP on

In December 2013 I wrote about the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309, a bill focused on patent infringement litigation and other patent law reforms that passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis. My interest in the...more

Innovation Act, Passed By The House, Would Make Major Changes To Section 365(n)’s IP Licensee Protections

by Cooley LLP on

It isn’t law yet, but on December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a significant patent reform bill known as the "Innovation Act." Although the focus of the legislation is on patent infringement litigation...more

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