A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday denied a group of construction worker unions effort to elevate to priority status $13 million in unpaid wage claims in a Chapter 11 case for contractor Navillus Tile Inc., finding the lack of an “employee-employer” relationship instructive.
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Unions Lose Priority Wage Claim Bid In Navillus Ch. 11

A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday denied a group of construction worker unions effort to elevate to priority status $13 million in unpaid wage claims in a Chapter 11 case for contractor Navillus Tile Inc., finding the lack of an “employee-employer” relationship instructive. Read more »

Venoco Gets Court Approval For Ch. 11 Liquidation Plan

Oil driller Venoco LLC won confirmation from a Delaware bankruptcy court on Wednesday to move forward with a Chapter 11 plan to liquidate what remains of its estate and effect an orderly wind-down of operations after reaching a consensus with key creditors over drilling site decommissioning liabilities. Read more »

Addiction Rehab Network Hits Ch. 11 With $207M In Debt

A network of addiction rehabilitation facilities hit Chapter 11 on Wednesday in Delaware with $207 million in debt and plans to sell its assets to a prepetition secured lender also serving as a stalking horse bidder in the case. Read more »

Necco Nets $18.8M In Bankruptcy Sale To Spangler Candy

The company that makes Necco Wafers has a new owner, according to an order in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday showing that Spangler Candy Co., the maker of Dum Dums lollipops, shelled out $18.8 million to buy its fellow candy maker out of bankruptcy. Read more »

CHAPTER 11

Gibson Brands To Alter DIP Provisions After Court Comments

Bankrupt guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. told a Delaware judge on Wednesday that it will resume discussion with its senior lenders and noteholders on the terms of its debtor-in-possession financing package after the judge offered some insights as to how he would likely rule on certain provisions. Read more »

IHeartMedia Gets OK To Secure Citibank Loan, Notes

A Texas bankruptcy court Tuesday granted bankrupt radio giant iHeartMedia Inc. permission to secure its pre-Chapter 11 debt to priority noteholders and Citibank. Read more »

CFPB Fights Think Finance's 'Meritless' Dismissal Bid

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday defended its suit alleging Think Finance duped borrowers and used sham tribal payday lenders to collect money it was not owed, telling a Montana federal judge that other courts have already approved substantially identical claims and calling the company's April dismissal motion "meritless." Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Should Sovereign Immunity Shield IRS In Section 544 Suits?

A bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in April that sovereign immunity does not bar a fraudulent transfer suit against the IRS. In doing so, she noted a split between the Seventh and Ninth Circuits and elected to follow the Ninth. With the IRS continuing to raise this defense to Section 544 fraudulent transfer claims, it is possible the Supreme Court will be called upon, says Scott Grossman of Greenberg Traurig LLP. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

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Foreign Lobbyists Step Into Light After Manafort Downfall

“Ridiculous” is how Paul Manafort's attorney has described his client's charges under a loosely followed foreign lobbying law, but a Law360 analysis shows that throngs of Washington influencers are now emerging from the shadows to comply. Read more »

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BigLaw Feels The Heat In FARA Enforcement Push

Behind the scenes, law firms are scrambling to stay in the government’s good graces after the Foreign Agents Registration Act was used to indict President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. Read more »

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As Foreign Agent Disclosure Soars, Reform Efforts Bog Down

With the Foreign Agents Registration Act in the spotlight, some members of Congress are facing big challenges in their quest to add teeth to the law. Read more »

Akin Gump Partner To Testify At Manafort Trial

Attorneys for Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed Wednesday in D.C. district court that they intend to call Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Melissa L. Laurenza to testify at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Read more »

Ex-BigLaw Atty Who Shot Wife Sentenced To Life In Prison

A Georgia judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Fisher Phillips LLP partner who fatally shot his wife to life in prison, after an Atlanta jury rejected the attorney’s contention that the shooting was an accident and convicted him of felony murder. Read more »

BigLaw Too Focused On Legal Fallout In #MeToo: ABA Panel

Too many BigLaw leaders are focused on sexual harassment in the workplace and the #MeToo movement as a legal risk rather than a solvable cultural problem, legal industry and employment experts said Wednesday. Read more »

Trump's 11th Circ. Pick Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

President Donald Trump's choice for an Eleventh Circuit seat faced few questions in her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday and no opposition from Republicans who control whether Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant's nomination advances. Read more »

DC Circ. Votes To Livestream Audio For Oral Arguments

The judges on the D.C. Circuit have voted to begin streaming live audio in nearly all oral arguments after it started doing so on a case-by-case basis last fall, the powerful U.S. appeals court said Wednesday in a victory for judicial transparency supporters. Read more »

Courtroom Cackles Get Farm Co. A Fed. Circ. Redo In IP Suit

While not as noisy as a barnyard, the chatter and laughter heard during attorney presentations led the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to grant a North Dakota farm equipment company a rehearing in its patent infringement case against a rival. Read more »

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