Avoidance Actions

Delaware Court Holds Chapter 7 Trustee Can Sell Avoidance Claims

In Claridge Associates, LLC, et al. v. Anthony Schepis (In re Pursuit Capital Management, LLC), Adv. P. No. 16-50083 (LSS) (Bankr. D. Del. Nov. 2, 2018), the Honorable Laurie  Silverstein held that a chapter 7 trustee was authorized to sell… Read More ›

Is it Harder to Pierce the Corporate Veil of a Limited Liability Company?

Piercing the corporate veil (PCV) is a remedy often pursued by a creditor of an insolvent entity against the entity’s parent or principal. While the corporate veil generally shields a shareholder from the general obligations of his or her corporation,… Read More ›

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Finds Misappropriated Trade Secrets are Subject to Avoidance and Turnover

In Corporate Claims Management, Inc. v. Shapier, et al. (In re Patriot National Inc.), Adv. Pro. No. 18-50307 (Bankr. D. Del August 8, 2018), the Delaware Bankruptcy Court found that alleged misappropriation of trade secrets could constitute a violation of the… Read More ›

Could the “Collapsing Doctrine” be Used to Avoid an Extraterritorial Transfer?

In LaMonica v. CEVA Group PLC, et al. (In re CIL Limited), Adversary No. 14-02442 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y June 15, 2018), the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York was tasked with deciding whether the “collapsing doctrine” could be… Read More ›

Secured Transaction Avoided as Unauthorized Postpetition Transfer

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina recently avoided several secured financing arrangements, entered into by a debtor without court approval, as illicit transfers under section 549(a) of the Bankruptcy Code.  See James B. Angel v…. Read More ›

Tenth Circuit Upholds Recharacterization of Debt to Equity

While not expressly authorized by the Bankruptcy Code, it is generally well-established that a bankruptcy court, as a court of equity, is not bound by a party’s characterization of a transaction and, instead, may recharacterize the nature of the transaction, acknowledging the economic… Read More ›