Bankruptcy Court Finds “Critical Vendor” Label Provides No Insulation from Preference Claims

Admin on September 15, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy News, Blog, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

In what could likely end up an influential ruling, a Delaware court recently held that securing a “critical vendor” status in Chapter 11 commercial bankruptcy case ultimately offers no defense in situations where the vendor later faces legal action for the recovery of preferential payments that the debtor recoups shortly before bankruptcy. The Role of […]

The Issuers of Stock Held Liable for Double-Pledge

Admin on August 30, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy News, Blog

A Louisiana bankruptcy court, in the Karcredit LLC case, recently considered a case involving two lenders and one stock certificate. At the heart of the Karcredit case was a party who relied on a stock certificate to satisfy loan duties owed to another party. After a replacement certificate was reissued, one party relied on this […]

Third Circuit Decides Bankruptcy Case Addressing Sovereign Immunity

Admin on July 31, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy News, Blog

Bankruptcy courts have long been overwhelmed with the question of how to apply sovereign immunity. The United States Supreme Court has issued some rulings about sovereign immunity, but has yet to write a definitive ruling about the issue. As a result, no definitive rulebook exists for how lower courts should interpret sovereign immunity issues. One […]

Third Circuit Issues Notice of Publication Decision in Bankruptcy Case

Admin on June 15, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy News, Blog

One fundamental aspect of bankruptcy law is that debtors can receive new starts on establishing good credit after emerging from the bankruptcy process. A company’s capacity to discharge liabilities is one of the primary motivators for pursuing protection under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that ensuring necessary steps are taken […]

Potential Changes Looming With How Student Loan Debt is Handled During Bankruptcy

Admin on May 30, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy News, Blog

Advocates are currently urging the United States Supreme Court to provide clarification about what debtors must establish to eliminate student loan debt in bankruptcy. Erasing student loan debt through bankruptcy is almost always difficult to do. Bankruptcy courts require a high standard of “undue hardship” to be established before student loan debt can be discharged.  […]

Court Rules Recoupment Requires Proof of Emotional Distress

Admin on May 15, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy News, Blog

In April, a bankruptcy court entered a judgment in favor of a national bank, determining that the plaintiff had failed to establish that he had experienced an injury involving economic or emotional distress damages due to the lender’s violations. During Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, the plaintiff initiated legal action against the bank and a loan […]

The Ninth Circuit Considers Permissible Non-Debtor Releases

Admin on April 29, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy Law, Bankruptcy News, Blog

Many reorganizations plan involve the release of non-debtor liability, but there are varied opinions about the role of these releases. While releases of non-debtor liability are attractive to parties like directors and officers, others argue that releasing non-debtor is against the intent of the Bankruptcy Code.  Due to these conflicting perspectives, a current split exists […]

Bankruptcy Trustee Powers Removed by Congress

Admin on April 15, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy Law, Bankruptcy News, Blog

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a large number of commercial tenants have to contend with the challenge of whether local or state regulations permitted their organization to remain open. Unfortunately, this means that many companies have been unable to generate revenue for the past year.  Given the financial hardships faced by many people […]

How In Re Shin Could Influence Which Bankruptcy Taxes are Dischargeable

Admin on March 30, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy News, Blog

In a recent bankruptcy case (In Re Shin), a court questioned whether the recapture obligation of the first-time homebuyer credit constitutes a “tax” that can be applied to the non-discharge provision of the bankruptcy code. This credit refers to a tax credit established by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The credit, which […]

Court Split Occurs Involving Whether Section 546(e) “Financial Participant” Excludes Debtors

Admin on March 15, 2021 Posted in Bankruptcy News, Blog

In December 2020, a Delaware bankruptcy court held that the term “financial participant” as used in the safe harbor provisions of Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code does not unequivocally exclude debtors. The Delaware court’s ruling is notable because it marks a split from a 2019 Southern District of New York court ruling. The Issue […]