Recent Case Law

Third Circuit Upholds Implied Consent to Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

Federal bankruptcy judges, who are not appointed under Article III of the Constitution, do not have the power to enter a final judgment in all matters that come before them. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 157(b)(2), they generally may enter… Read More ›

Eleventh Circuit Holds that Paid “New Value” can Still Support a Preference Defense

Joining the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Eleventh Circuit recently held that new value does not need to remain unpaid in order to support the subsequent new value defense in a preference action. See Kaye… 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 ›

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 ›

Can Golden Shares Block a Bankruptcy Filing?

The term “golden shares” is often referred to equity interests held by a specific party—commonly a lender or investor—that authorize such party to block or prevent a corporate entity from filing bankruptcy. Such shares are often negotiated by a party… Read More ›

Does the Bankruptcy Code Adequately Protect Lessors?

The Bankruptcy Code often instructs a trustee or debtor to perform an act or make an election within a certain time. Sometimes the relevant provisions are intended to benefit a party in interest who is affected by a debtor’s or… Read More ›