• March 12, 2018

    Drugmaker Orexigen Opens Del. Ch. 11 With $226M In Debt

    Obesity treatment maker Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. on Monday filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware, saying it is looking at a pending cash crunch and a likely near-term call to repay $165 million in debt.

  • March 12, 2018

    Capital One Sued For Checking Credit Info Post-Bankruptcy

    Capital One Auto Finance Inc. was hit with a putative class action in California federal court on Friday accusing it of obtaining a San Diego woman’s consumer credit report weeks after her debt with the lender was discharged through bankruptcy.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

  • March 9, 2018

    Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

    More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Far Right Can The President Pull The Courts?

    Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.

  • March 9, 2018

    Ex-Jevic Workers Argue For Liquidation Over Ch. 11 Deal

    A group of former employees of trucking firm Jevic Holding on Thursday asked the Delaware Bankruptcy Court to reject a proposed Chapter 11 settlement and instead send the company into Chapter 7 liquidation, saying an independent trustee is their best chance for collecting on their claims.

  • March 9, 2018

    Transmar Cocoa CEO, Son Plead Guilty To $400M Bank Fraud

    A father and son pled guilty Friday in New York federal court to defrauding a group of lenders through false “borrowing base” reports designed to secure a $400 million line of credit for their cocoa trading company, Transmar Commodity Group Ltd., and face a maximum of 30 years in prison.

  • March 9, 2018

    Appvion Creditors Say New DIP Loan Bid Ploy For Assets

    Specialty paper maker Appvion Inc.’s unsecured creditors have hit back against the debtor’s proposal to take out a new $100 million debtor-in-possession loan, telling a Delaware bankruptcy court that the loan is just a thinly veiled ploy by the lenders to lock down a $363 million stalking horse bid for the company’s assets.

  • March 9, 2018

    M&G Lienholders Say Plant Sale May Not Pay Them In Full

    Parties holding construction liens against plastics and resin maker M&G USA Corp objected Friday in Delaware bankruptcy court to the debtor’s planned sale of a Texas plant, saying the sale price may not be enough to satisfy their liens.

  • March 9, 2018

    BNP, Trustee Argue Due Diligence In Madoff Clawback Suit

    BNP Paribas SA and the bankruptcy trustee for Bernie Madoff’s investment company argued Friday before a New York bankruptcy judge over whether the French bank was a negligent steward or merely an innocent dupe as they contested an attempt to make BNP and its affiliates pay $156 million for accepting money from Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

  • March 9, 2018

    Ex-Sugar Felsenthal Bankruptcy Pro Joins Horwood Marcus

    Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered has hired the former chairman of the executive committee of Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP as its new bankruptcy chair in its Chicago office, whose experience includes representing the committee of equity holders in AgFeed’s Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • March 8, 2018

    Woodbridge Reaches DIP Deal With Noteholders

    Bankrupt luxury real estate developer The Woodbridge Group told a Delaware judge Thursday that it had reached agreements with its noteholder to provide additional adequate assurance for its potentially secured claims in a deal that allowed the debtor’s $100 million post-petition financing to be approved on a final basis.

  • March 8, 2018

    Lehman Gets $2.4B Value On RMBS Claims By Trustees

    Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. attorneys said it will pay just shy of $2.4 billion to cover investors’ claims over financial crisis-era residential mortgage-backed securities after a New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday sided with the defunct bank following a trial to determine the claims’ value.

  • March 8, 2018

    Speedy Class Cert. Rejected In Patriot National Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge rejected a request Thursday for a short-notice hearing on certification of a shareholder claim class in Patriot National Inc.’s Chapter 11, saying the issue was complex and the risks from following regular timetables were limited.

  • March 8, 2018

    Facing Contempt, Law Firm Founder Drops Bankruptcy

    A law firm founder facing an $18 million judgment over the marketing of mortgage relief legal services was punished Thursday by a California federal judge for filing a bankruptcy to keep assets away from a receiver tasked with recovering funds, the same day he relented and dismissed the bankruptcy.

  • March 8, 2018

    Bagel Chain Ex-CEO Wants Bankruptcy Court To Rule On Pay

    A man who led Boston’s square-bagel restaurant chain the two years before it filed for Chapter 11 insisted Wednesday that a bankruptcy judge in Massachusetts has the authority to — and should — order the company to prioritize his severance pay ahead of many other debts.

  • March 8, 2018

    CFPB Tweaks Mortgage Servicer Rule

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday it is tweaking its mortgage servicing regulation to help servicers communicate with certain consumers entering or exiting bankruptcy, issuing a final rule the day after seeking feedback on the way the bureau makes such rules in the first place.

  • March 8, 2018

    Chubb Units Don't Have To Cover IT Co. In Hawaii DOT Spat

    A bankrupt IT consultancy can’t use insurance policies with two Chubb units to pay for a suit over a “worthless” software system it built for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, a Colorado federal court has ruled, finding that the underlying suit’s allegations are strictly digital and therefore not “property damage.”

  • March 8, 2018

    Regulators OK $9.5B Oncor Sale, Capping EFH Bankruptcy

    A commission of Texas energy regulators on Thursday approved the $9.5 billion sale of most of power utility Oncor Electric to a California energy company, tying a bow on a central element of bankrupt Energy Future Holdings' recently approved reorganization plan.

  • March 7, 2018

    Consultant Targeted In NJ Water Agency Mismanagement Suit

    A defunct Newark water agency sought approval Tuesday from a New Jersey bankruptcy judge to add a political consultant and her firm as defendants in its lawsuit over unlawful and wasteful conduct at the organization, following her admission to taking part in a kickback scheme there.

Expert Analysis

  • Some Pointers For Stressed And Distressed Charitable Orgs

    James Vincequerra

    There is speculation that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have the unintended consequence of less charitable giving in 2018 and beyond. Administrators of not-for-profit charitable organizations may need to take a hard look at restructuring operations, say James Vincequerra and Gerard Catalanello of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Health Republic’s Curious Liquidation: Part 14

    James Veach

    On Feb. 14, Health Republic Insurance of New York's liquidator will ask the New York Supreme Court to approve its report on the present status of its liquidation, but it is what the report doesn't discuss that will be most revealing, says James Veach of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP in the final part of this series.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • When Blockchain Meets Article 9 And Bankruptcy

    Andrew Helman

    Blockchain cryptocurrencies have been touted as everything from a tool that will revolutionize commerce to the very worst of speculative capitalism. Less attention has been given to their practical application vis-a-vis commercial and insolvency law, say Andrew Helman of Marcus Clegg and Carl Wedoff of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • Another Bankruptcy Discharge Case Before High Court

    Thomas Byrne

    The government’s once-sterling record of victories in bankruptcy cases before the U.S. Supreme Court has been dinged in recent years, but the odds still would have to favor the government's side in Lamar Archer & Cofrin v. Appling, where the Supreme Court will weigh in again on one of the most litigated issues in bankruptcy, says Thomas Byrne of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Cook Inlet Decision Rightly Protects Deemed Consolidation

    Darren Azman

    The Alaska bankruptcy court's recent ruling in Cook Inlet Energy should give debtors confidence that consolidating for a limited purpose does not open them up to the liabilities associated with substantive consolidation. The ability to retain their preferred structure can have a profound impact on debtors, with far-reaching implications for financing and tax matters, say Darren Azman and Michael Galen of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.