Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Fifth Circuit Restricts Double Recovery in Fraudulent Transfer Action

The laws of preferential and fraudulent transfers under the Bankruptcy Code can often seem theoretical and formulaic. When certain boxes are checked, it appears, at first blush, that a pre-bankruptcy transfer can be avoided, regardless of any intent or surrounding… Read More ›

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… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

Wow! Fifth Circuit Eases Standard for Awarding Professional Fees

In a long-awaited opinion, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed its ruling in Pro-Snax Distributors, Inc., 157 F.3d 414, 426 (5th Cir. 1998), providing that a bankruptcy professional can only collect fees for services provided to a bankrupt debtor that “resulted… 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 ›