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  • June 17, 2024

    Talc Claimants Want Documents In Fight Over J&J Unit Venue

    Cancer patients with talc damage claims against Johnson & Johnson have urged a New Jersey federal court to give them access to transcripts and exhibits from depositions of top executives at the company's talc unit, saying the information will aid their effort to bar the J&J spinoff from filing a third Chapter 11 outside the Garden State.

  • June 17, 2024

    Vesttoo Trust Objects To Kaplan Hecker Fee Bid

    The liquidating trustee for bankrupt fintech business Vesttoo Ltd. has asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to deny fees for Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, which had been proposed to counsel the company, saying the firm's retention application wasn't confirmed before the Chapter 11 plan became effective.

  • June 14, 2024

    Judge Converts Alex Jones Ch. 11, Tosses Media Co.'s Case

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Friday turned Alex Jones' bankruptcy case into a Chapter 7, allowing a trustee to liquidate the right-wing conspiracy theorist and media personality's assets to repay creditors, but declined to convert the Chapter 11 of the company that runs Jones' online show, dismissing its petition instead.

  • June 14, 2024

    Fed Limits Bank's Fintech Dealings Over Risk Concerns

    The Federal Reserve filed a cease-and-desist order against an Arkansas bank Friday requiring it to obtain federal and state approval before partnering with any fintech companies going forward after the agency identified risk management deficiencies in recent safety and compliance exams.

  • June 14, 2024

    Blistering Dissents Belie Justices' Penchant For Consensus

    Thirteen days into June, the U.S. Supreme Court had recorded one of the highest rates of unanimous decisions in the past four decades. But the era of historic consensus was tarnished a bit Friday when the court issued three split decisions and two scathing dissents highlighting how much the nine justices differ.

  • June 14, 2024

    Forward-Looking Fix Resolves Yearslong Ch. 11 Fee Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court looked to the future rather than the past when deciding Friday that Congress' bandage to mask the scar from $326 million in alleged U.S. Trustee's Office fee overpayments was enough to fix the issue, bringing into stark contrast the philosophical differences in how the justices remedy constitutional breaches, experts told Law360.

  • June 14, 2024

    Almond Grower Trinitas Can Sell Ranches For $121M In Ch. 11

    The debtor-in-possession lender and unsecured creditors of almond grower Trinitas Farming LLC told a California bankruptcy judge on Friday they had resolved their dispute over Trinitas' liquidation strategy, clearing the way to proceed with the $121 million sale of 25 ranches.

  • June 14, 2024

    Ch. 11 Trustee Approved In Tommy's Boats Bankruptcy

    At a hearing on Friday, a Texas bankruptcy judge authorized the appointment of a Chapter 11 trustee in the bankruptcy of boat and water sports retailer Tommy's Boats after the company was recently denied the use of lender M&T Bank's cash collateral to fund the case.

  • June 14, 2024

    Aircraft Maker Icon Picks German Co.'s Bid In Ch. 11 Auction

    Light-sport aircraft manufacturer Icon Aircraft said Friday it selected a $15.5 million offer from a unit of German textile machinery producer Durkopp Adler as the winning bid for its assets at a Chapter 11 auction held a day earlier.

  • June 14, 2024

    Petersen Creditors Ask To Probe Private Plane Buy, CEO Pay

    Nursing home operator Petersen Health Care's creditors urged the Delaware bankruptcy court to let them examine transactions between the debtor and related entities that aren't in its Chapter 11 case, including the purchase of a private plane and what they described as the use of company funds for an executive's personal expenses.

  • June 14, 2024

    Goetz Fitzpatrick To Merge With Platzer Swergold Next Year

    Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP and Platzer Swergold Goldberg Katz & Jaslow LLP will combine forces next year to create a single New York City firm.

  • June 14, 2024

    No Retroactive Fix For US Trustee Fee Dispute, Justices Say

    The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the U.S. Trustee's Office on Friday in finding that an amended fee structure implemented before a 2022 ruling that struck down a nonuniform system of payments was all that was needed to resolve the disparate treatment of debtors under the unconstitutional law.

  • June 13, 2024

    Pa. Nursing Home Creditors OK With $43.7M DIP Loan

    Creditors of a Pittsburgh-area nursing home network indicated Thursday they were open to $43.7 million in debtor-in-possession financing as the group prepares to potentially sell off a portion of its footprint in a Chapter 11 sale.

  • June 13, 2024

    Judge Will Tap Arbitrator To Explain $87M Shipping Award

    A New York federal judge will let an arbitrator who found that Levona Holdings Ltd. owed Eletson Holdings Inc. almost $87 million in damages clarify the order, saying it was sufficiently ambiguous to require elaboration and rejecting Levona's request that the arbitrator not be given that chance.

  • June 13, 2024

    Transport Co. Coach Can Use $200M DIP To Fund Ch. 11 Sale

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge agreed Thursday to grant interim approval for bus operator Coach USA's almost $200 million debtor-in-possession package, allowing it to access some $20 million in new funds as it works toward a sale of its assets in the Chapter 11 case.

  • June 13, 2024

    Brazilian Food Chain Co. SouthRock Files Ch. 15 In Texas

    SouthRock Capital Ltda., a Brazilian private equity company that operates international food service brands including Starbucks and TGI Friday, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in Texas, blaming its insolvency on the COVID-19 pandemic and volatility in Brazil's economy.

  • June 12, 2024

    Baltimore Diocese Fights Insurers' Dismissal Attempt

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore defended its adversary action in Maryland bankruptcy court seeking coverage from its insurance carriers, arguing that resolving the issue is crucial to resolving its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.

  • June 12, 2024

    Mississippi Casino Developer's Creditors Want To Force Ch. 7

    Creditors for developer Diamondhead Casino Corp., which has been trying for years to build a casino in Mississippi near the Gulf Coast, filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition in Delaware bankruptcy court against the company Wednesday, saying they are owed $2.4 million.

  • June 12, 2024

    Creditors Appealing Denial Of Estate Trustee In Eletson Ch. 11

    The official committee of unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy of shipping company Eletson is appealing a New York bankruptcy judge's decision not to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee in the case.

  • June 12, 2024

    2nd Circ. Backs Brokerage In Suit Over Biotech's Failed IPO

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday declined to reinstate a Texas company's suit against an investment brokerage that advised biotech Inpellis on an initial public offering that failed and sent the company to file Chapter 7, ruling a lower court rightly found a global settlement eclipsed the need for a jury trial.

  • June 12, 2024

    Cancer Claimants Say J&J Talc Unit Ch. 11 Belongs In NJ

    Cancer patients with talc damage claims against Johnson & Johnson are asking a New Jersey federal judge to bar the company's talc liability spinoff from filing its third attempt at a Chapter 11 reorganization outside the state.

  • June 12, 2024

    Directors Of Defunct Med Tech SPAC Seek Toss Of Del. Suit

    Directors of a special purpose acquisition company that merged with now-defunct medical technology company Better Therapeutics Inc. urged Delaware's Court of Chancery on Wednesday to toss a shareholder's suit about the $15 million de-SPAC merger, saying it wasn't like other problematic SPAC deals.

  • June 12, 2024

    Restaurant Co. Rubio's Seeks July Auction In Del. Ch. 11

    Fast-casual seafood dining chain Rubio's Coastal Grill asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to sign off on its Chapter 11 auction plans, noting the company hopes to hold an auction July 30 and expects a $45 million stalking-horse credit bid from a lender will reel in competing offers for the California-based business as a going concern.

  • June 12, 2024

    Money Fight Between Trustee, Law Firm Goes To Mediation

    A money conflict between a Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee and an outside law firm is going to mediation, the parties announced in a court filing this week. It's the latest move in the saga of Litigation Practice Group, the failed California debt relief law firm that was secretly run by a disbarred lawyer.

  • June 12, 2024

    US Trustee Fights Appgate Ch. 11 Plan's Opt-Out Releases

    The Office of the United States Trustee objected on Wednesday to the Chapter 11 plan proposed by tech firm Appgate Inc., saying it would seek to impose an "opt-out only release" on equity holders that would extinguish their potential claims against non-debtors.

Expert Analysis

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • 9th Circ. Clarifies ERISA Preemption For Healthcare Industry

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in Bristol SL Holdings v. Cigna notably clarifies the broad scope of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's preemption of certain state law causes of action, standing to benefit payors and health plan administrators, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • NY Combined Hearing Guidelines Can Shorten Ch. 11 Timeline

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    The Southern District of New York’s recently adopted guidelines on combining the processes for Chapter 11 plan confirmation and disclosure statement approval may shorten the Chapter 11 timeline for companies and reduce associated costs, say Robert Drain and Moshe Jacob at Skadden.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • 5th Circ. Bond Claim Ruling Shows Creditors Must Be Vigilant

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    In Raymond James & Associates v. Jalbert, the Fifth Circuit recently held that the bankruptcy debtor's indemnification obligations were discharged by the confirmed plan because the indemnified party failed to speak up, demonstrating that creditors must proactively protect their rights, says Joshua Lesser at Bradley Arant.

  • Bankruptcy Courts Have Contempt Power, Del. Case Reminds

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    A Delaware bankruptcy court recently held Camshaft Capital and its principal in contempt, serving as a reminder to bankruptcy practitioners and anyone else that appears before a bankruptcy judge that there are serious consequences for failing to comply with court orders, say Daniel Lowenthal and Kimberly Black at Patterson Belknap.

  • What Lies Behind Diverging US And UK Insolvency Trends

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    Contrasting U.K. and U.S. insolvency trends highlight the importance of policy interventions in shaping consumer financial outcomes and economic recovery, and while the U.K.'s approach seems to have mitigated issues, the U.S. faces challenges exacerbated by economic conditions and policy transitions, says Thomas Curran at Thomas H. Curran Associates.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • How Banks Can Preserve Value Amid Corporate Default Surge

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    Amid a busy time for corporate bankruptcies, banks need a nuanced understanding of contractual rights, regulatory frameworks and evolving legal developments to protect and preserve their rights and interests, say attorneys at Phelps Dunbar.

  • A Look At Subchapter V As Debt Limit Expiration Looms

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    If proposed legislation to extend Subchapter V’s debt eligibility ceiling sunset date in June is passed, bankruptcy professionals can seek ways to work with their local jurisdictions to advocate for code changes and guidance that bring more efficiencies and clarity to the process, say Matthew Brash at Newpoint Advisors and Melinda Bennett at Stretto.

  • The Art Of Asking: Leveraging Your Contacts For Referrals

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    Though attorneys may hesitate to ask for referral recommendations to generate new business, research shows that people want to help others they know, like and trust, so consider who in your network you should approach and how to make the ask, says Rebecca Hnatowski at Edwards Advisory.

  • Ch. 11 Case Shows Why Plan Acceptance Procedures Are Key

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    Sunland Medical's recent liquidation plan proposal is an important example of how top-notch judges and attorneys propose and analyze complex issues during the confirmation process, and the bankruptcy court was forward-thinking to consider the implications of such proposed treatment in the face of the Bankruptcy Code, says Kyle Arendsen at Squire Patton.

  • Risks Of Rejecting Hotel Mgmt. Agreements Via Bankruptcy

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    In recent years, hotel owners have paid a high price when they attempted to use bankruptcy proceedings to prematurely terminate their hotel management agreements, highlighting that other options may be preferable, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.