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  • July 18, 2024

    5th Circ. Lifts Civil Rights Suit Stay In La. Diocese Case

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Louisiana bankruptcy court's decision applying the automatic stay of litigation to a group of children suing the bankrupt Archdiocese of New Orleans, saying the lawsuit arises from purely post-petition conduct and seeks only prospective injunctive relief.

  • July 18, 2024

    Atty Says Golf Malpractice Row Already Ran Its Course

    An attorney seeking summary judgment in a legal malpractice suit told a New York federal judge that, five years and three courts later, the owners of the Foothills Club West Golf Court have still failed to produce evidence to support their allegations.

  • July 18, 2024

    Red Lobster Angles To Keep More Than 100 Leases In Ch. 11

    Red Lobster's well-known Times Square location in New York City is off the chopping block of potential closures, for now, along with 112 other outposts of the casual dining seafood chain, after the troubled company said during a bankruptcy court hearing Thursday it is negotiating new agreements with landlords.

  • July 18, 2024

    New SDNY Bankruptcy Judge Brings Big-Case Experience

    The Southern District of New York's newest bankruptcy judge comes to the bench with experience working on some of the largest financial bankruptcy cases of the last 20 years and with the difficulties of keeping the district's courts running through a pandemic.

  • July 18, 2024

    Girardi Denied Bid To Delay Client Theft Trial To October

    A California federal judge rejected disgraced lawyer Tom Girardi's motion to have his closely watched wire fraud trial moved to October from its current August start date, determining that he was unable to provide a genuine reason as to why proceedings should be pushed back two months.

  • July 18, 2024

    Pool Co. Wants To Dig Into Rival's Alter Egos For $16M Verdict

    Pool supply company Hayward Industries Inc. is looking to force responses from the alter egos of bankrupt rival Blueworks Corp. regarding their assets, bank accounts and property so that Hayward can collect on its $16 million false advertising and unfair business practices judgment.

  • July 18, 2024

    UpHealth Pitches Ch. 11 Sale Of Behavioral Health Sub

    UpHealth Holdings Inc. has asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to approve proposed bidding procedures governing the sale of the debtor's equity in non-debtor subsidiary TTC Healthcare, a behavioral health company that offers drug detoxification treatments and other services, saying the sale will redound to the value of the estate.

  • July 18, 2024

    Tender Greens And Tocaya Hit Ch. 11 With Post-COVID Woes

    The Los Angeles-based casual restaurant chain that operates Tender Greens and Mexican eatery Tocaya, One Table Restaurant Brands LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday in Delaware bankruptcy court, with its CEO saying the COVID-19 pandemic was "catastrophic" to their business.

  • July 17, 2024

    1st Circ. Affirms SEC's $32M Win Against Investment Adviser

    The First Circuit upheld roughly $32 million in fees, disgorgement and interest the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won against a Nevada-based investment adviser, who was found to have defrauded clients about the track record of a once popular investment scheme, saying the adviser "acted with a high degree of recklessness" in promoting the strategy. 

  • July 17, 2024

    Christian-Based Senior Living Co. Hits Ch. 11 From COVID-19

    A healthcare nonprofit operating senior living facilities across 10 locations in the Midwest filed for Chapter 11 under $50 million in debt after COVID-19 induced increased costs for labor and supplies.

  • July 17, 2024

    Fight Over Liberace's Rhinestone Piano Reaches Boston Jury

    A lawyer for Gibson Guitars' charitable arm told a Boston federal jury Wednesday that a music store has refused to return a rhinestone-encrusted grand piano once used by Liberace, wrongly claiming it was given as a gift.

  • July 17, 2024

    Pioneer Health Creditors Want Trustee To Run Co.

    Creditors of orthopedic clinic operator Pioneer Health Systems asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to turn control of the business over to the Subchapter V Trustee in the Chapter 11 case, saying Pioneer is vying for a reorganization that would deprive unsecured creditors of millions of dollars.

  • July 17, 2024

    Giuliani's Ch. 11 Dismissal Held Up By Financial Opacity

    The dismissal of Rudy Giuliani's Chapter 11 case was held up Wednesday when the debtor and creditors couldn't agree on the terms of a dismissal order due to lingering questions about Giuliani's available cash and how the administrative costs of the case would be paid.

  • July 17, 2024

    High Court Rulings Don't Nix Judge Romance Suit, Court Told

    An investor suing Jackson Walker LLP over an ex-employee's secret romantic relationship with a former Texas bankruptcy judge told the court Tuesday that, despite what the firm says, recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on standing do not change the fact that he suffered real harm from the firm.

  • July 17, 2024

    Chief Deputy SDNY Bankruptcy Clerk To Be Bankruptcy Judge

    The chief deputy clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York — a former Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP attorney who served as the lead law clerk on the liquidation of Bernie Madoff's investment securities company — is set to become a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Poughkeepsie.

  • July 16, 2024

    Coach USA's DIP, Sale Plans Draw Judge's Criticism

    Proposals from bus line operator Coach USA for a $200 million debtor-in-possession financing package and for procedures governing a sale of the bulk of its operating assets drew warnings Tuesday from a Delaware bankruptcy judge, who said certain provisions of the proposals were unacceptable.

  • July 16, 2024

    'Excuse Me?': Judge Vexed By Defamation Claim In Ch. 7 Row

    A Connecticut bankruptcy judge on Tuesday appeared skeptical of defamation and tortious interference claims New York-based real estate investor EasyKnock Inc. filed against a trustee handling the Chapter 7 estate of a onetime homeowner, forcing company attorneys to at times to admit they cited no authority to support their case.

  • July 16, 2024

    Jackson Walker Urges Broad Questioning Of Ex-Judge Jones

    Jackson Walker and the U.S. Trustee's Office on Tuesday defended the questions they plan to ask former bankruptcy judge David R. Jones during a deposition over his concealed romantic relationship with an ex-partner of the law firm, telling a Texas bankruptcy judge the inquiries aren't barred by confidentiality protections.

  • July 16, 2024

    7th Circ. Says Foreign Retirement Not Shielded In Bankruptcy

    A professor who filed for bankruptcy in Illinois can't protect his Canadian retirement account from creditors because the account is ineligible under a state law shielding accounts that qualify as retirement plans under the Internal Revenue Code, the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • July 16, 2024

    Parler's Ex-Owner Can't Broaden Automatic Stay, Court Says

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge denied a bid by Parler's former owner to extend its bankruptcy stay to nondebtors in a lawsuit the company is facing, saying U.S. Supreme Court precedent barring certain third-party releases didn't apply but the company hadn't shown it was entitled to the request.

  • July 16, 2024

    Manhattan Property Co. Seeks Ch. 11 Protection

    A company tied to a four-story mixed-use building in Lower Manhattan's trendy NoHo neighborhood filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing as much as $50 million in liabilities and up to $500,000 in assets.

  • July 16, 2024

    California Atty Accused In $282M Theft Put On Inactive Status

    A California lawyer who's accused of stealing as much as $282 million from debt relief clients has been placed on involuntary inactive status, and bar discipline authorities say he deserves to lose his license permanently.

  • July 16, 2024

    States, Legal Orgs. Urge Justices To Halt Biden's Debt Relief

    A U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Biden administration's latest student debt relief program received backing from seven Republican-led states and a trio of legal groups that assert the estimated $475 billion plan exceeds the executive branch's authority.

  • July 16, 2024

    Crypto Bank Noble Talents Files Ch. 7 Liquidation In NY

    Cryptocurrency banking services provider Noble Talents filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in New York, listing up to $50 million of liabilities.

  • July 16, 2024

    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

Expert Analysis

  • What FTX Case Taught Us About Digital Asset Recoverability

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    FTX's Chapter 11 plan has drawn lots of attention, but the focus should be on the anticipated outcome for investors, which counters several myths about digital currencies, innovation and recoverability, says Kyla Curley at StoneTurn.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

  • Synapse Bankruptcy Has Ripple Effects For Fintech Industry

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    Synapse Financial Technologies’ recent bankruptcy filing marks a significant moment in the fintech industry's evolution, highlighting that stringent compliance and risk management in fintech partnerships are essential to mitigate risk and protect consumers, say Joann Needleman and Ryan Blumberg at Clark Hill.

  • Discount Window Reform Needed To Curb Modern Bank Runs

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    We learned during the spring 2023 failures that bank runs can happen extraordinarily fast in light of modern technology, especially when banks have a greater concentration of large deposits, demonstrating that the antiquated but effective discount window needs to be overhauled before the next crisis, says Cris Cicala at Stinson.

  • 2 Options For Sackler Family After High Court Purdue Ruling

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court recently blocked Purdue Pharma's plan to shield the family that owns the company from bankruptcy lawsuits, the Sacklers face the choice to either continue litigation, or return to the bargaining table for a settlement that doesn't eliminate creditor claims, says Gregory Germain at Syracuse University.

  • Revisiting Scalia's 'What's It To You?' After Kaiser Ruling

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser allows insurers to be considered "parties in interest" in Chapter 11 cases, they still need to show they would face an injury in fact, answering the late Justice Antonin Scalia's "what's it to you?" question, say Brent Weisenberg and Jeff Prol at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Florida Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q2

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    The second quarter of 2024 brought two notable bills that will affect Florida's banking and finance community across many issues, including virtual currency abandonment, cancellation of financial services on the basis of political opinions, and the exemption amount of motor vehicles, say Joshua Prever and Andrew Balthazor at Holland & Knight.

  • How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

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    As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

  • Purdue Ch. 11 Ruling Reinforces Importance Of D&O Coverage

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Harrington v. Purdue Pharma, holding that a Chapter 11 reorganization cannot discharge claims against a nondebtor without affected claimants' consent, will open new litigation pathways surrounding corporate insolvency and increase the importance of robust directors and officers insurance, says Evan Bolla at Harris St. Laurent.

  • Atty Well-Being Efforts Ignore Root Causes Of The Problem

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    The legal industry is engaged in a critical conversation about lawyers' mental health, but current attorney well-being programs primarily focus on helping lawyers cope with the stress of excessive workloads, instead of examining whether this work culture is even fundamentally compatible with lawyer well-being, says Jonathan Baum at Avenir Guild.

  • Parsing Justices' Toss Of Purdue's Controversial Ch. 11 Plan

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent nixing of OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 proposal prevents the Sackler family from settling thousands of civil opioid lawsuits without the consent of all of the plaintiffs, and holds profound implications for bankruptcy cases, say attorneys at MoloLamken.

  • Del. Bankruptcy Ruling Will Give D&O Insureds Nightmares

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    In Henrich v. XL Specialty Insurance, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court recently found that a never-served qui tam claim had been "brought" before a D&O policy's retroactive date, thereby eliminating coverage, and creating a nightmare scenario for directors and officers policyholders facing whistleblower claims, says David Klein at Pillsbury.

  • No Matter The Purdue Ruling, Mass Tort Reform Is Needed

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    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon issue its opinion in the bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma LP, and regardless of the outcome, it’s clear legal and policy reforms are needed to address the next mass tort, says William Organek at Baruch College.