Fifth Circuit Holds that Chapter 11 Plan Does not “Impair” Claimants by Denying Make-Whole Rights and Contractual Interest

In Keystone Gas Gathering, L.L.C. v. Ad Hoc Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Ultra Resources, Incorporated (In re Ultra Petroleum Corporation), Case No. 17-20793, –F.3d–, 2019 WL 237365 (5th Cir. Jan. 17, 2019) (Oldham, J.), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a class of creditors is not “impaired” by a reorganization plan simply […]

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Illinois Court Holds Standby Clause Precludes Discovery by Subordinated Lender

In In re Argon Credit, LLC, et al., Case No. 16-39654 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. Jan. 10, 2019), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that a standby clause in a subordination agreement prevented a subordinated lender from conducting discovery on the senior lender’s claim, pursuant to section 510 of the Bankruptcy Code. […]

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Creditors with Partially Disputed Claims Have Standing to File an Involuntary Bankruptcy

Section 303 of the Bankruptcy Code provides a unique remedy to unsecured creditors seeking to collect their debts against an insolvent entity.  A careful look at this remedy is contained in an earlier post, entitled Creditors’ Strategic Use of Involuntary Bankruptcy.  In summary, pursuant to section 303, three unsecured creditors, with claims in the aggregate of […]

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Single Asset Real Estate Case Dismissed for “Bad Faith” Under Fourth Circuit Precedent

In In re Fairfield TIC, LLC, Case No. 18-73744-VJ (Bankr. E.D. Va. Nov. 20, 2018), the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a single asset real estate case, pursuant to section 1112(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, on “bad faith” grounds, based on the holding in Carolin Corp. v. Miller, 886 F.2d 693 […]

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Third Circuit Enforces Tenant’s Rights After Debtor’s Sale of Real Property and Rejection of Lease

In IDEA Boardwalk, LLC v. Revel Entertainment Group, LLC (In re Revel AC Inc.), Case No. 17-3607, –F.3d–, 2018 WL 6259316 (3rd Cir. Nov. 30, 2018), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently enforced a tenant’s right to offset rent under a rejected lease of real property, pursuant to section 365(h) of the Bankruptcy Code […]

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Texas Court Holds Third-Party Claims “Related to” Bankruptcy Case

In Lone Star State Bank of West Texas v. Waggoner, et al. (In re Waggoner Cattle, LLC), Adv. P. No. 18-02003 (RLJ) (Bankr. N.D. Tex. Nov. 19, 2018), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas reminded us that creditor’s claims against third parties can confer jurisdiction on a bankruptcy court when […]

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