Large Cap

  • May 16, 2024

    DOL Unveils Long-Delayed Abandoned Retirement Plan Rules

    After being sidelined for more than a decade, a plan for expanding U.S. Department of Labor rules for terminating retirement plans abandoned by employers are moving forward again, the agency reported Thursday, along with a long-delayed role in the process for bankruptcy trustees.

  • May 15, 2024

    MLB, NHL, NBA Doubt Bally Sports Parent Can Reorganize

    The bankrupt parent of Bally Sports-branded regional sports networks touted the extension of a carriage contract with DirecTV Wednesday in Texas bankruptcy court, at the same time that the parent company's partners in major American sports leagues expressed skepticism about its ability to successfully reorganize.

  • May 15, 2024

    News Media Don't Want FTX Examiner's Report Sealed

    Major news media companies asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to ensure that an examiner's report into crypto giant FTX's downfall is not filed under seal, arguing that a proposed redaction process runs counter to the court's previous order, a Third Circuit decision and the public interest.

  • May 15, 2024

    Ollie's Can Make $14.6M Stalking-Horse Bid For 99 Cents Only

    Discount retail chain 99 Cents Only received approval Wednesday from a Delaware bankruptcy judge for a $14.6 million stalking-horse bid for 11 of its properties in Texas from Ollie's Bargain Outlet Inc., another discount retailer.

  • May 15, 2024

    NY Diocese, Abuse Claimants Sent To Ch. 11 Plan Talks

    A New York bankruptcy judge Wednesday sent the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and clergy sex abuse claimants back into mediation rather than grant the diocese's request to dismiss the case after the abuse claimants rejected its Chapter 11 plan.

  • May 15, 2024

    Celsius Data Leak Highlights Privacy Puzzle In Crypto Ch. 11s

    A recent phishing attack that exposed personal information of 104,000 creditors in Celsius Network's Chapter 11 case has thrown fresh light on a vexing question for bankruptcy courts across the country: how to balance cryptocurrency companies' insistence on anonymity with bankruptcy's principle of transparency.

  • May 15, 2024

    Ex-FTX Exec Seeks Leniency, Saying He Was Kept In The Dark

    A former top FTX official has asked a Manhattan federal judge for a lenient 18-month sentence, saying he was not part of company co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle and was as shocked as everyone else to learn that the crypto exchange was operating a fraud that siphoned billions in customer funds.

  • May 14, 2024

    5th Circ. Nixes Catholic Abuse Claimants' Ch. 11 Appeal

    Sex abuse claimants removed from a Catholic archdiocese's bankruptcy unsecured creditors committee don't have grounds for an appeal because they couldn't show the removal was a sanction on them that cost the claimants anything, the Fifth Circuit said.

  • May 14, 2024

    BlockFi Ch. 11 Judge Keeps Insurance Fight In State Court

    The judge overseeing the bankruptcy of cryptocurrency venture BlockFi Inc. ruled a fight over a $22.5 million premium for a directors and officers insurance policy should stay in New Jersey state court, saying the suit largely did not violate BlockFi's Chapter 11 plan.

  • May 14, 2024

    5 Retail Industry Questions For A Restructuring Expert

    Major headwinds have been hitting the retail industry for some time and have already blown major brand names like Express Inc., Joann Inc. and Sam Ash Music Corp. into Chapter 11.

  • May 14, 2024

    Stretto Says Data Leak Spread Beyond Celsius Case

    A New York bankruptcy judge expressed alarm Tuesday after Stretto disclosed that a data breach in the Chapter 11 of Celsius Network last month had affected creditors in additional cases, warning the claims agent he would bar it from working on cases he oversees if it fails to properly deal with the cyberattacks.

  • May 14, 2024

    FTX Wants Calif. Org To Return $5M In Donations

    FTX has filed an adversary claim in its Chapter 11 case seeking to claw back roughly $5 million in prepetition charitable donations given to a Berkeley, California, nonprofit, which the company said was supported by its founder Sam Bankman-Fried and other insiders of the onetime cryptocurrency giant.

  • May 14, 2024

    Sullivan & Cromwell Seeks To Ax Claims Of Aiding FTX Fraud

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP wants a Florida federal court to dismiss a proposed class action alleging the firm knew about and helped facilitate the massive fraud by FTX, saying customers of the cryptocurrency exchange platform fail to claim anything beyond a "series of speculative allegations with no factual basis."

  • May 14, 2024

    Jackson Walker Wants Out Of Texas Judge Romance Suit

    Law firm Jackson Walker told a Texas federal court it wants out of a lawsuit accusing it of harming a tug boat company whose case was pending before a bankruptcy judge engaged in a romantic relationship with a firm attorney.

  • May 14, 2024

    Frost Brown Gains V&E Bankruptcy Ace In Dallas

    Frost Brown Todd LLP has fortified its bankruptcy and restructuring practice with a partner in Dallas who came aboard after more than 16 years at Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • May 13, 2024

    Kabbage Inks 2 FCA Deals With Feds Totaling $120M

    Bankrupt online lender Kabbage Inc. has agreed to pay $120 million in two separate deals to resolve allegations it submitted thousands of false claims for loan forgiveness and operated without adequate fraud controls in place, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • May 13, 2024

    SVB's Bid To Recoup $1.9B Runs 'Counter To Law,' FDIC Says

    The bankrupt former parent company of Silicon Valley Bank can't sue to collect $1.9 billion in deposits held by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. when it took receivership over funds after the bank failed, the FDIC told a California federal judge, saying the majority of SVB's latest lawsuit over the funds should be thrown out.

  • May 13, 2024

    Giuliani Gag Suit, FTX To Pay Up, Victims Seek Sanctions

    Poll workers asked a bankruptcy court to bar Rudy Giuliani from making future defamatory statements like the ones that led to a $148 million judgment against him, while FTX said it plans to repay all customers in full in its proposed Chapter 11, and abuse claimants against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse are requesting sanctions for insurers that shared sensitive claims data.

  • May 13, 2024

    Binance Says Sullivan & Cromwell, FRA To Serve As Monitors

    Crypto exchange Binance said Monday that the federal government has selected a Sullivan & Cromwell LLP partner and a Forensic Risk Alliance founding partner to serve as independent third-party monitors overseeing its compliance with the terms of its $4.3 billion settlement and guilty plea over money laundering, bank fraud and sanctions violations.

  • May 13, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Seeks Expanded Role For BVI Law Firm

    The Chapter 11 trustee in Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's bankruptcy case has asked a Connecticut judge for permission to hire Harney Westwood and Riegels LP as Cayman Islands counsel, a move that would expand the firm's reach beyond its current status as British Virgin Islands counsel to the estate.

  • May 13, 2024

    Terraform Asks To Extend Coverage Of Worker Legal Fees

    Insolvent cryptocurrency startup Terraform Labs has urged a Delaware bankruptcy court to let it continue to cover legal bills its employees incurred while responding to a government investigation for another six months.

  • May 13, 2024

    Steward Health's Multifaceted Ride Into Bankruptcy

    By the time major U.S. hospital operator Steward Health Care fell into Chapter 11 on May 6, there were plenty of different places for critics to lay the blame: at the feet of its former private equity owners, its lender and landlord, its CEO, a stalled business deal, or the economy itself.

  • May 13, 2024

    Jackson Walker Seeks Sanctions Over Judge Romance Suit

    Jackson Walker LLP asked a Texas federal court Monday to sanction lawyers and their "disgruntled millionaire" client for leveling racketeering allegations in a lawsuit over a former bankruptcy judge's romantic relationship with a former firm lawyer, saying the claims are "frivolous" and "conclusory."

  • May 13, 2024

    Justices Won't Review Ch. 11 Stay In Asbestos Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't review lower courts' decisions allowing the paper-products company Georgia-Pacific to remain shielded from mass tort litigation by way of a subsidiary's Chapter 11 case.

  • May 10, 2024

    ABI Meeting Debates Purdue, DIPs, Data Breaches And Incora

    Lawyers met in Manhattan for the American Bankruptcy Institute's daylong New York City Bankruptcy Conference on Thursday, taking in a packed day of panels on subjects ranging from Purdue Pharma to debtor-in-possession financing trends and the increasingly complicated presumption of transparency in bankruptcy.

Expert Analysis

  • Charting The Course For Digital Assets In 2024

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    Although 2023 was a tough year for the digital asset industry, upcoming court decisions, legislation and regulatory action will bring clarity, allowing the industry to expand and evolve, and the government will decide what innovation it will allow without challenge, says Joshua Smeltzer at Gray Reed.

  • Del. Ruling Shows Tension Between 363 Sale And Labor Law

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    The Delaware federal court's ruling in the Braeburn Alloy Steel case highlights the often overlooked collision between an unstayed order authorizing an asset sale free and clear of successor liability under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and federal labor law imposing successor liability on the buyer, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Del. Insurance Co. Liquidation Reveals Recovery Strategies

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    Arrowood's recent liquidation in the Delaware Chancery Court offers a positive development for policyholders and claimants, providing access to guaranty association protections amid the company's demise, say Timothy Law and Ann Kramer at Reed Smith.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Navigating Asset Tracing Challenges In Bankruptcy

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    A Virginia court’s recent ruling in Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc.'s bankruptcy highlights the heightened demand for asset tracing and the strategic use of the lowest intermediate balance rule in recovering funds from commingled accounts, says Daniel Lowenthal at Patterson Belknap.

  • Lender Agreements And Unitranche Facilities: A Fresh Look

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    Unitranche facilities — which offer blended interest rates in a single loan document — are gaining prevalence, and lenders and borrowers should understand their advantages, as well as concerns over the enforceability of a unitranche-style agreement among lenders in bankruptcy, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • What Banks Should Know About FDIC Assessment Rule

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    Max Bonici at Venable answers questions banking organizations may have about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s recent approval of a rule implementing a special assessment on banks to recoup costs associated with protecting uninsured depositors after the bank failures earlier this year, and highlights other considerations for uninsured deposits.

  • Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Bankruptcy Must Be On The Table As A Student Loan Solution

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    Amid the ongoing discourse on student loan forgiveness, borrowers must have a deeper understanding of U.S. Departments of Justice and Education guidance regarding how the government will agree to discharge loans in bankruptcy, or miss a life-changing opportunity currently available to regain control over their financial condition, say Jonathan Carson and Eric Kurtzman at Stretto.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Rockport Ch. 11 Highlights Global Settlement Considerations

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    A Delaware bankruptcy court’s recent rejection of Rockport’s proposed settlement serves as a reminder that there is a risk that a global settlement executed outside of a plan may be rejected as a sub rosa plan, but shouldn’t dissuade parties from seeking relief when applicable case law supports approval, says Kyle Arendsen at Squire Patton.

  • How Purdue High Court Case Will Shape Ch. 11 Mass Injury

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent arguments in Harrington v. Purdue Pharma, addressing the authority of bankruptcy courts to approve nonconsensual third-party releases in Chapter 11 settlement plans, highlight the case's wide-ranging implications for how mass injury cases get resolved in bankruptcy proceedings, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

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