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 the right to pursue fraudulent conveyance claims to third parties, pursuant to section 363 of […]

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Removed Divorce Action Remanded on More Rigorous Grounds

In Topfer v. Topfer (In re Topfer), Case No. 5-18-ap-00066 RNO (M.D. Pa. July 25, 2018), the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania remanded a three-and half year old divorce proceeding that had been removed to bankruptcy court. But, the remand became more complicated than it needed to be. The chapter 7 debtor […]

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Fourth Circuit Upholds Bank’s Disclaimer of Liability

Banks regularly enter into commercial relationships with their customers such as opening new depository accounts. These relationships are often contractual in nature and seem relatively straightforward until an unexpected incident occurs that causes the relationship to unravel. What then are the duties owed by each party to each another? The default rule seems to be […]

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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 that wants to ensure that its consent is obtained before any bankruptcy is commenced. Without […]

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Energy: Samson Resources’ Prenegotiated Reorganization Plan with Fulcrum Debt

As predicted at the Commercial Finance Association’s Fourth Annual Energy Summit on September 16th, we should start seeing more and more oil & gas companies struggle to survive in the wake of continued low commodity pricing.  While we witnessed some rebound in pricing towards the end of the summer, the price of oil again dipped […]

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Chapter 11 Plan Adequately Reserved Bankruptcy Rights Transferred to a Liquidating Trust

The United States Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Texas recently held that a confirmed chapter 11 plan of a liquidated company, R.L. Adkins Corp. (the “Corporation”), was not required to specifically preserve bankruptcy-created rights of the Corporation against its former principal.  See Harvey L. Morton v. Robert Lewis Adkins, Sr. (In re Robert Lewis […]

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