Claims

5th Circuit Upholds Subordination of Deemed Dividends Under Section 510(b)

In In re Linn Energy, LLC, 2019 WL 4149481 (5th Cir. Sept. 3, 2019), the Fifth Circuit recently reminded us that if a debt instrument looks like a security and quacks like a security, it likely is a security for purposes… Read More ›

Court Denies AMR Union’s Rejection Damages Claims After Abrogation of Collective Bargaining Agreements

In November 2011, AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines, filed chapter 11 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  Through the bankruptcy, which was hugely successful, AMR was able to shed billions of dollars… Read More ›

Fifth Circuit Holds that Disguised Financing is not Entitled to Administrative Priority Claims

“To Lease or Not to Lease?” Whether an equipment lease is characterized as a true lease or a disguised financing in a bankruptcy setting determines what rights and remedies are available to the lessor. For example, if the lease is… Read More ›

Fifth Circuit Revives Warn Act Class Action in Bankruptcy

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently remanded a dismissed adversary proceeding where a former employee of a corporate debtor attempted to assert a class action on behalf of himself and 129 other employees for alleged violations of the Worker Adjustment… Read More ›

Third Circuit Clarifies How to Value Collateral

In In re Heritage Highgate, Inc., No. 11-1889 (3d Cir. March 20, 2012), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined how bankruptcy courts should value collateral retained by a chapter 11 debtor in order to establish the amount of the… Read More ›

Third Circuit Clarifies Treatment of Future Claims

In Patricia Wright, et al. v. Owens Corning, Case No. 11-2026 (3d Cir. May 18, 2012), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals undertook the challenge of administering unknown future claims in bankruptcy.  Future claims are generally known as claims that only… Read More ›