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  • May 9, 2018

    Ybrant Must Give Up Lycos Shares In $37M Award Row

    A New York federal judge agreed Tuesday to allow a South Korean technology company to take over India-based Ybrant Digital's interest in the search engine and web portal Lycos Inc. to help pay $37 million in arbitral awards issued over a failed stock purchase agreement.

  • May 9, 2018

    Bankrupt iHeartMedia Seeks OK To Pay $108M In Bonuses

    Radio broadcast giant iHeartMedia Inc. Tuesday asked a Texas bankruptcy court to approve the payment of up to $108 million in bonuses to more than 700 employees, saying the incentive is required for its restructuring to succeed.

  • May 9, 2018

    Tops Grocery Chain Defends Bid To Pay Bonuses In Ch. 11

    Tops Markets LLC defended its request to include $3.2 million in employee retention bonuses in its Chapter 11 plan, telling a New York bankruptcy court that the employees in question are key to keeping the supermarket chain afloat.

  • May 9, 2018

    Hedge Fund Fights $2.5M Settlement In Petters Ponzi Scheme

    Hedge fund Ritchie Capital Management told a Minnesota federal judge Tuesday the district court's lack of jurisdiction to approve a $2.5 million settlement between J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and the receivership over the assets of fraudster Thomas Petters was one of several reasons to block the deal.

  • May 9, 2018

    Hedge Fund Boss Ran $200M Mismarking Scheme, Feds Say

    A hedge fund boss led a $200 million scheme to overstate the value of his now-bankrupt fund's residential mortgage-backed securities, the federal government said on Wednesday in a newly unsealed indictment that also charged two ​of his ​co-workers.

  • May 9, 2018

    McKinsey Critic Alleges False Ch. 11 Disclosures In RICO Suit

    A rival of McKinsey & Co. hit the global advisory firm with a lawsuit Wednesday in New York federal court for alleged racketeering violations, accusing McKinsey of intentionally failing to disclose disqualifying conflicts of interest in big bankruptcy cases.

  • May 9, 2018

    Ex-Pharmacist Denied Meningitis Acquittal Bid Amid Appeal

    A Massachusetts federal court reiterated Wednesday that a pharmacist convicted of 77 counts for manufacturing deadly drugs in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak cannot pursue an acquittal bid while simultaneously appealing the verdict.

  • May 8, 2018

    Bressler Amery Fined For Pursuing Client's Discharged Debt

    In a strongly worded opinion Tuesday, a New York bankruptcy judge slapped Bressler Amery & Ross PC with punitive fines and penalties for continuing to hound a former client for payments that were discharged through a Chapter 7 case, saying a firm with a bankruptcy department should have known better.

  • May 8, 2018

    Harvey Weinstein Fights Chubb For Payment Of Legal Defense

    Harvey Weinstein on Monday filed a counterclaim in New York federal court against the Chubb Group, alleging its refusal to defend or indemnify him for nearly a dozen sexual assault and harassment suits in the U.S. and abroad is a breach of contract.

  • May 8, 2018

    Bankrupt Westinghouse Seeks OK To Pay Worker Bonuses

    Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC asked a New York bankruptcy court Monday to let the nuclear power company provide several hundred employees with bonus payments totaling up to $19.6 million if it reaches certain performance milestones, adding that the incentives would help boost its performance.

  • May 8, 2018

    Paragon Trust $1.7B Clawback Suit Halted For Arbitration Bid

    Paragon Litigation Trust's $1.7 billion clawback suit against Noble Corp., the former parent of once-bankrupt oil explorer Paragon Offshore PLC, will have to wait for a decision on whether the trust’s claims are arbitrable after a Delaware bankruptcy judge stayed the case Tuesday pending argument on Noble’s arbitration motion.

  • May 8, 2018

    Weinstein Co. Ch. 11 Sale Gets Nod, Nets $260M In Cash

    The Weinstein Co., battered by a tidal wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations against its co-founder Harvey Weinstein, secured a Delaware bankruptcy judge’s approval Tuesday to sell most of its assets to an affiliate of private equity firm Lantern Capital for a diminished $260 million in cash.

  • May 8, 2018

    Applebee's Franchisee Moves 175 Locations Into Chapter 11

    One of the largest franchisees of casual dining chain Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar hit Chapter 11 on Tuesday, with its 175 restaurant locations listing debts of at least $100 million with plans to use existing lenders' cash collateral and a potential post-petition loan to fund its case.

  • May 7, 2018

    Patriarch Calls $10M TransCare Clawback Suit 'Nonsensical'

    Private equity fund Patriarch Partners asked a New York bankruptcy court on Friday to dismiss claims in a $10 million clawback suit over the private equity firm’s alleged role in bankrupting ambulance company TransCare Corp., calling the suit “nonsensical.”

  • May 7, 2018

    Puerto Rico Finance Monitor Can't Duck Journos' Bid For Docs

    A Puerto Rico district court has ruled that the island’s federally appointed oversight board must turn over internal documents to journalists, a move that severely undermines the board’s claims of broad constitutional immunity and could open the door to future lawsuits against it.

  • May 7, 2018

    EV Energy Investors Seek Appointment Of Ch. 11 Examiner

    A pair of equityholders of bankrupt oil and gas producer EV Energy Partners LP asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge Monday to appoint an examiner in the case to look into potential prepetition transactions that allegedly stripped the debtor of value.

  • May 7, 2018

    Nine West Creditors Warn Of Fight Over $50M DIP Term Loan

    The unsecured creditors of Nine West Holdings Inc. could make it more difficult for the bankrupt women’s shoe and apparel company to gain access to a proposed $50 million debtor-in-possession term loan, as an attorney for the creditors complained Monday that it seemed “exorbitantly expensive” and restrictive.

  • May 7, 2018

    Bertucci's Appeases Creditors With Extended Sale Timeline

    Bankrupt Italian eatery chain Bertucci’s resolved objections Monday in Delaware from the official committee of unsecured creditors in its Chapter 11 case by extending the deadlines for its asset sale procedures and increasing the committee’s budget.

  • May 7, 2018

    Weinstein Co. Says Creditors Trying To 'Sabotage' $310M Sale

    The Weinstein Co. and its unsecured creditors stepped up their feud Monday over an unofficial after-the-deadline bid for the bankrupt business, an offer that TWC said appeared to be a "coordinated effort to sabotage" a $310 million cash deal with Lantern Entertainment LLC.

  • May 7, 2018

    Lehman Deal's Terms Not So 'Plain Vanilla,' 2nd Circ. Hears

    A Korean bank that refused to honor an unsigned settlement after a judge ruled in its favor in a dispute with bankrupt lender Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. asked the Second Circuit on Monday to reverse a judge’s finding that the deal was binding, saying the “plain vanilla” terms that weren’t addressed in mediation were actually complex.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Bankruptcy Notice Lessons From Lyondell

    Robert Millner

    The Eighth Circuit’s decision in Dahlin v. Lyondell Chemical Co., addressing what a debtor needs to include in a claim bar date notice to unknown creditors, makes clear that due process in the notice context is rooted in reasonableness, say Robert Millner and Geoffrey Miller of Dentons.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Considerations For Appointing Equity Committees In Ch. 11

    Shivani Shah

    Equity security holders are increasingly requesting the appointment of official equity committees to represent their interests in bankruptcy cases. Shivani Shah of Norton Rose Fulbright examines the bases for such appointments and the standard that courts apply in evaluating such requests.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • New Bribery Suit's Implications For Venezuela Restructuring

    Richard Cooper

    The decision by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA to pursue claims in the U.S. over an alleged bribery scheme raises a number of legal and strategic issues not just for the defendants named in the suit, but also for PDVSA’s bondholders and creditors of the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • Bitcoin: A New, Volatile Asset In Bankruptcy

    Erin Jane Illman

    Given the mainstream use of bitcoin and the “staying power” of this cryptocurrency, bankruptcy practitioners need to prepare to see bitcoin as part of the assets in future bankruptcy cases. The volatility of bitcoin value, however, will require bankruptcy courts and parties to come up with creative solutions, say Erin Illman and Robert Cox of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.