Bankruptcy Litigation News & Updates

Secured creditors have many choices when it comes to how to file a proof of claim in bankruptcies. Those choices should be weighed carefully, however, because certain choices can have important unexpected consequences that outlive the bankruptcy and affect a secured creditor’s subsequent rights in state court actions.

When a debtor files a bankruptcy in

The “COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act of 2021” was signed into law by President Biden on March 27, 2021, extending the key provisions of the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Act which was enacted in the CARES Act for another year.

Section 1113 of the CARES Act, which temporarily amended bankruptcy law to assist individuals and businesses

Interplay Between Subordination Agreements and Chapter 11 Cramdown Plans

The Bankruptcy Code provides that subordination agreements are enforceable in bankruptcy to the same extent that such agreements are enforceable under non-bankruptcy law.  11 U.S.C. § 510(a).  However, Section 1129(b)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code permits a Chapter 11 plan to be confirmed subject to certain requirements

In proceedings arising out of the Tribune Company chapter 11 bankruptcy and a decision in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sustained the dismissal of billions of dollars in alleged fraudulent transfer claims related to a failed leveraged buyout transaction (LBO), the U.S. Supreme Court has requested input from the

In an appeal arising out of a Ponzi scheme by the principals of two entities, the receiver sought to recover funds from a bank allegedly diverted as fraudulent transfers under the Florida Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (the “FUFTA”) and to collect damages for alleged aiding and abetting of other torts.  See Isaiah v. JPMorgan Chase

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion regarding appeals of orders denying relief from the automatic stay.  Generally, the automatic stay (section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code) prevents creditors from taking action against the debtor’s assets outside the bankruptcy process. In order to continue debt collection efforts, creditors can file a

In October of this year, Sears Holdings Corp and affiliated Debtors filed a Chapter 11 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in a case pending before Judge Drain. Since that time, the company has been reducing its debt and its physical footprint by closing stores.  After the bankruptcy

Additional developments have transpired in the the Imerys Talc bankruptcy proceedings since Imerys commenced an adversary proceeding in the Chapter 11 case against Cyprus Mines Corp. and Cyprus Amax Minerals Co. earlier this month over Cyprus’ right to use certain insurance policies in the defense of talc-related asbestos lawsuits.

On March 20, 2109, Cyprus went

As a follow-up to our recent post about the Imerys Talc bankruptcy proceedings (the chapter 11 cases filed by a supplier of talc to cosmetic and other companies, like Johnson & Johnson), last week the Imerys Debtors brought suit in their Chapter 11 cases against two affiliated coal companies.

The new adversary proceeding relates to

Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revived 88 fraudulent transfer cases that were consolidated on appeal.  In those actions, the trustee for the Liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC sought to recover billions of dollars in funds transferred out of the U.S. to foreign investors, called feeder