Bankruptcy

  • March 12, 2024

    Terraform Can Retain Dentons In Ch. 11, Firm Will Return $48M

    Terraform Labs can hire Dentons US LLP as its special counsel in its Chapter 11 case, a Delaware federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, with the firm agreeing to return $48 million of a $70 million retainer that was hit with objections.

  • March 12, 2024

    Retired Judge, 2 Trustees To Handle Conn. Clergy Abuse Claims

    A Connecticut bankruptcy judge has appointed Salvatore C. Agati, a retired Connecticut Superior Court judge and current partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, one of the Constitution State's largest law firms, to review abuse claims against the bankrupt Norwich Roman Catholic Diocesan Corp. of eastern Connecticut.

  • March 12, 2024

    Breast Implant Co.'s $90M DIP OK'd With Creditor Protections

    Bankrupt breast implant maker Sientra Inc. received final court approval in Delaware bankruptcy court for its $90 million debtor-in-possession financing after adding in lien challenge protections for unsecured creditors.

  • March 12, 2024

    Sorrento Ch. 11 Will Stay In Texas

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Tuesday denied requests to transfer the Chapter 11 case of drug developer Sorrento Therapeutics Inc. out of the Lone Star State for having insufficient ties to the venue.

  • March 12, 2024

    Judge OKs Ch. 7 Liquidation For Reverse Mortgage Co.

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday converted Reverse Mortgage Investment Trust Inc.'s Chapter 11 case to a Chapter 7 liquidation, saying the debtor's plan administrator's request for conversion has "good and sufficient cause" under the Bankruptcy Code.

  • March 12, 2024

    Detroit Retirees Appeal Pension Gap Funding Pause

    Detroit's retired police and firefighters are appealing a ruling that allowed the city to continue pausing its pension gap funding payments, asking a Michigan federal court to reverse a bankruptcy judge's decision that extended a decade-long funding reprieve to 30 years.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ex-Boy Scout Can Seek $120M Award From Insurers

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has ruled that a former Boy Scout can keep suing the organization's insurers to collect a $120 million abuse judgment against his ex-Scoutmaster, even though the court entered an injunction barring similar lawsuits.

  • March 12, 2024

    Trustee Claims MV Realty Used Ch. 11 To Dodge State Actions

    The U.S. trustee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of MV Realty argued on Tuesday that a Florida federal judge should dismiss or convert the case, alleging that the real estate company is simply using the action to stall state prosecutors and rack up fees against homeowners instead of reorganizing.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ex-Bankruptcy Judge Cites Judicial Immunity To Escape Suit

    Former Texas bankruptcy judge David R. Jones — whose failure to disclose a romantic relationship with an ex-Jackson Walker LLP attorney ignited a major judicial ethics scandal — has moved to dismiss a disgruntled investor's suit that claims Jones gave a Jackson Walker client preferential treatment during its Chapter 11 case, citing judicial immunity.

  • March 11, 2024

    Judge OKs Eye Care Tech Co.'s $8M DIP Request

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday approved optometry software company Eye Care Leaders Portfolio Holdings LLC's request to draw on the remainder of its $8 million in debtor-in-possession funds for its Chapter 11 case, saying the company had given good reason to believe it was poised for a rewarding auction.

  • March 11, 2024

    Teamsters Can't Pause Discovery In $137M Fight With Yellow

    A Kansas federal judge shot down the Teamsters' request to pause the discovery process in a $137 million lawsuit accusing the union of holding up a necessary corporate restructuring at the now-bankrupt trucking company Yellow Corp., ordering the union to keep producing documents.

  • March 11, 2024

    Atty For Alex Jones' Infowars Gets OK To Bow Out Of Case

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday approved a request by the lead attorney for Alex Jones' media company to step away from work on its Chapter 11 case following disputes with the debtor's chief restructuring officer, who the lawyer said withheld pay in retaliation for the conflict.

  • March 11, 2024

    NYC Youth Services Group Hits Ch. 11, Folds After 200 Years

    A 200-year-old nonprofit that provides foster care and youth education services in New York City filed for Chapter 11 protection, saying decreased demand for its programs at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic ultimately led it to financial ruin.

  • March 11, 2024

    Canadian Oil Driller Seeks US Recognition Of Reorg Filings

    A Canadian operator of Wyoming oil and gas wells Monday asked a Delaware court to recognize its Canadian insolvency proceedings, saying it is out of cash, $92 million in debt and seeking a buyer after years of production problems.

  • March 11, 2024

    Hertz Tells Chancery To Reject $4B Buyback 'Hindsight' Suit

    Hertz directors weren't certain when they authorized $4 billion in stock buybacks that it would transfer control of the company to a private equity-backed shareholder, an attorney for Hertz told Delaware's Court of Chancery on Monday, urging the court to toss a shareholder's lawsuit over the buybacks.

  • March 11, 2024

    MoFo's NY Office Gains A Restructuring Atty From Dechert

    Morrison Foerster LLP announced Monday another addition to its business restructuring and insolvency group in New York, this time from Dechert LLP.

  • March 11, 2024

    Retailer The Body Shop Files For US Liquidation

    Buth-Na-Bodhaige Inc., better known as soap and lotion seller The Body Shop, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in New York after its international parent filed for insolvency in the United Kingdom.

  • March 08, 2024

    Allegiance Coal Spars With Ch. 11 Lender Over $1.8M Fees

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday declined to rule on a petition from mining company Allegiance Coal USA to toss its debtor-in-possession lender's adversary proceeding demanding $1.8 million in fees, allowing more time to determine whether the fees have priority over the rest of the debtor's obligations.

  • March 08, 2024

    Experian Biased Jury In Credit Reporting Suit, 11th Circ. Told

    An attorney for a Florida resident who sued Experian alleging it inaccurately reported a discharged mortgage in his credit history told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday that a lower court judge allowed the company to introduce improper evidence at trial, arguing it caused jurors to deliver an unfavorable verdict against her client.

  • March 08, 2024

    Sorrento Gets OK For $2M Ch. 11 Funding Infusion, Asset Sale

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Friday approved drug developer Sorrento Therapeutics Inc.'s bid for an asset sale and $2 million in funds to fuel its Chapter 11 case, saying they represented the only option outside of a transition to Chapter 7.

  • March 08, 2024

    Aircraft Parts Co. AeroCision Begins Ch. 11 Liquidation

    AeroCision, a troubled supplier of airplane components, has informed Delaware's bankruptcy court its Chapter 11 liquidation plan has gone into effect, distributing remaining assets of the business after it went on the auction block late last year.

  • March 08, 2024

    UBS Luxembourg Must Face $50M Madoff Clawback Suit

    UBS Luxembourg can't escape a lawsuit seeking to claw back nearly $50 million the bank allegedly redeemed from Bernard L. Madoff feeder fund Fairfield Sentry Limited at highly inflated values, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled on Friday. 

  • March 08, 2024

    Kwok Judge Lets Gov't Keep $302M In Crypto For Restitution

    A New York federal judge has denied a request to return more than $300 million in assets to holders of cryptocurrrency issued by bankrupt Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's Himalaya Exchange, finding that the federal government has a continued interest in the property it seized.

  • March 08, 2024

    Giuliani Creditors Ask To Investigate His Finances

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's creditors want to probe his finances, his businesses, his advisers and even defense funds paying some of his legal bills, telling a bankruptcy court in a filing late Thursday that his history of shirking discovery requests in other cases and concerns that he could be hiding assets warrant a formal investigation.

  • March 08, 2024

    BowFlex OK'd For April Auction, $37.5M Stalking Horse Bid

    Fitness equipment maker BowFlex Inc. received a New Jersey bankruptcy judge's approval Friday to sell its U.S. and Canada businesses at an auction next month, setting it up to repay its debtor-in-possession loan and draw up a Chapter 11 liquidation plan.

Expert Analysis

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Pa. Ruling Shows Why Term Sheet Can Be Worth The Wait

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    A Pennsylvania bankruptcy court’s recent In re: Legarde ruling, holding that a settlement term sheet was enforceable, reminds litigants that it’s crucial to draft a written agreement before leaving mediation in order to resolve potential evidentiary issues and protect against buyer’s remorse, says Brian Shaw at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Asserting 'Presence-Of-Counsel' Defense In Securities Trials

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    As illustrated by the fraud trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, defense attorneys in securities trials might consider arguing that counsel had some involvement in the conduct at issue — if the more formal advice-of-counsel defense is unavailable and circumstances allow for a privilege waiver, say Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Crypto Has Democratized Trading In Bankruptcy Claims

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    Following the pandemic, there has been a wave of cryptocurrency bankruptcies and a related increase in access to information, allowing nontraditional bankruptcy investors to purchase claims and democratizing a once closed segment of alternative investing, says Joseph Sarachek at Strategic Liquidity.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • 5 Key Tips For Attorneys In The Subchapter V Arena

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    Subchapter V cases present unique challenges for the nondebtor parties-in-interest, and habits developed by attorneys in typical Chapter 11 cases do not necessarily translate, meaning creditors and their counsel should quickly take a proactive role in their cases to protect their interests, which can be done by attending the 341 meeting, analyzing the plan, and more, says Kelly Singer at Squire Patton.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Why The Debt Maturity Wall Is Still A Figment, For Now

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    While the phenomenon of the debt maturity wall — a growing wall of staggered corporate debt maturities — has been considered a looming problem since the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, it’s unlikely to have significant consequences before 2025 due to factors such as quantitative easing and evolved lending practices, says Michael Eisenband at FTI Consulting.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • 10 Essential Bankruptcy Litigation Tips For In-House Counsel

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    Bankruptcy litigation is a complex and multifaceted area of law that poses unique challenges for in-house counsel, and there are several tools at legal professionals' disposal, like appraisals and understanding jurisdictions, to stay well-informed and protect their companies' interests, says Alison Ashmore at Dykema.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Sellers Seeking Best Deal Should Focus On Terms And Price

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    Rising interest rates and a decline in the automotive mergers and acquisitions market mean that a failed deal carries greater stakes, and sellers therefore should pursue not only the optimum price but also the optimum terms to safeguard their agreement, says Joseph Aboyoun at Fox Rothschild.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Rite Aid's Reasons For Ch. 11 Go Beyond Opioid Suits

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    Despite opioid-related lawsuits being the perceived reason that pushed Rite Aid into bankruptcy, the company's recent Chapter 11 filing reveals its tenuous position in the pharmaceutical retail market, and only time will tell whether bankruptcy will right-size the company, says Daniel Gielchinsky at DGIM Law.

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