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  • 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.

  • May 10, 2024

    Full 4th Circ. Urged To Settle Key 'Texas Two-Step' Questions

    A Fourth Circuit panel left critical issues open when it denied permission to an appeal challenging the so-called Texas two-step Chapter 11 of industrial equipment maker Aldrich Pump, asbestos claimants in two separate bankruptcy cases said, asking the full appeals court to reconsider hearing the case and settle questions that have plagued their own bankruptcies in the Western District of North Carolina.

  • May 10, 2024

    FTX Execs Find Order Amid Chaos To Make Creditors Whole

    When cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd. hit bankruptcy 18 months ago, its corporate records were a mess, its internal controls were non-existent and tens of billions of dollars in fiat and digital currency were scattered about the globe. Yet, efforts to straighten out the operation have led to a Chapter 11 plan where customers are slated to receive full recoveries.

  • May 10, 2024

    Baker Donelson Adds Bankruptcy Pro Amid High Demand

    Firms are still scouting bankruptcy talent throughout the U.S., with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC announcing Thursday that it has added a former Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard attorney focused on bankruptcy and workout law.

  • May 09, 2024

    V&E Defends Its Enviva Work From Trustee's Conflict Claim

    Vinson & Elkins LLP urged a Virginia bankruptcy court on Thursday to reject "outrageous claims" by the U.S. Trustee's Office that the law firm shouldn't be allowed to represent Enviva in the wood-pellet maker's Chapter 11 because the firm also works for one of the debtor's major equity holders, arguing that there is no conflict of interest.

  • May 09, 2024

    Bally Sports Parent Seeks OK For Renewed DirecTV Deal

    The parent company of sports network operator Bally Sports has asked a Texas bankruptcy judge to approve renewed multiyear contracts with DirecTV, saying the revenue from the deal is a "critical component" of its post-Chapter 11 business plan.

  • May 09, 2024

    Syracuse Diocese Creditors Urge Contempt On Insurer Leaks

    Unsecured creditors of the bankrupt Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse have asked a New York judge to hold insurers Interstate and an affiliate of Allianz in contempt for sharing confidential sex abuse survivors' claim information with third parties and failing to inform the debtor or the court.

  • May 09, 2024

    Five Retailers That May Face Bankruptcy In 2024

    Clothing stores, a discount retailer and a prominent fabrics business have already filed for bankruptcy protection this year, each struggling in their own way in the post-pandemic economy. Here are five more companies that may be at risk of filing for bankruptcy in 2024.

  • May 09, 2024

    Hospital REIT Sees $736M Loss After Tenant's Ch. 11 Filing

    Medical Properties Trust, a healthcare real estate investment trust, lost $736 million in the first quarter of the year from the financial collapse of Steward Health Care, a major tenant, and the write-off of an international joint venture, executives said on May 9.

  • May 09, 2024

    Texas Court Urged To Keep Alive Judge Romance Suit

    In a flurry of filings, a former shareholder in an engineering company has pushed a Texas federal court to reject bids to throw out his lawsuit over an ex-bankruptcy judge's secret relationship with a former Jackson Walker LLP attorney.

  • May 08, 2024

    NY AG Says $6M NRA Verdict Should Stand

    A New York state court should not undo a jury's finding that the National Rifle Association allowed its officers to misappropriate $6.4 million of donor money, the state's attorney general has argued, saying trial evidence abundantly laid out evidence of misconduct and organizational failures.

  • May 08, 2024

    FTX Says Full Recovery Coming Based On 2022 Crypto Price

    Bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd. has claimed its proposed Chapter 11 plan would be able to pay creditors in full with a $13 billion distribution that exceeds the estimated allowable $11.2 billion in claims, but the payout is based on the value of cryptocurrency in November 2022, when the exchange filed for bankruptcy protection. 

  • May 08, 2024

    Bill To Undo SEC Crypto Accounting Bulletin Passes House

    Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to overturn the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's controversial cryptocurrency accounting guidance despite protests from Democrats to take a more targeted approach to amend the directive and a White House pledge to veto the bill.

  • May 08, 2024

    99 Cents Beats Creditor Objection To Get OK On $61M DIP

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved discount store 99 Cents Only's full $60.8 million Chapter 11 financing deal after rejecting a group of noteholders' objection to the relief, finding an intercreditor agreement barred the group from blocking debtor-in-possession funding.

  • May 08, 2024

    FTX Spurs Corporate Sleuths Nardello Into Ch. 11 Probes

    Corporate investigations firm Nardello & Co. is known for probing corporate scandals and financial crime, but since being tapped in 2022 to investigate fraud at fallen crypto giant FTX, the firm has been expanding more into the potentially lucrative realm of bankruptcy.

  • May 08, 2024

    Rite Aid Can Sell Analytics Arm Health Dialog For $2.75M

    Pharmacy retail chain Rite Aid got the green light Wednesday from a New Jersey bankruptcy judge to sell most of its coaching and analytics division, Health Dialog, to healthcare technology firm Carenet Health for $2.75 million as it works towards confirming a Chapter 11 plan.

  • May 07, 2024

    Federal Courts Choosing To Stay Out Of Texas Grid Fights

    The Fifth Circuit has again refused to wade into fights over actions taken by Texas' grid operator during a 2021 winter storm, further underscoring federal courts' reluctance to disturb the historic independence of the Lone Star State's electricity sector, attorneys say.

  • May 07, 2024

    SEC Says Morrison Can't Save Terraform From Disgorgement

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said bankrupt crypto firm Terraform Labs should remain on the hook for potentially $3.6 billion in disgorgement over its fraud trial loss, saying any claims that its unregistered transactions took place beyond the court's reach are undermined by the agency's congressional authority.

  • May 07, 2024

    Gronk, Others To Pay $2.4M In Voyager Crypto Promoter Suit

    Retired football star Rob Gronkowski, NBA player Victor Oladipo and NASCAR driver Landon Cassill have agreed to collectively pay $2.4 million to settle allegations they helped promote failed cryptocurrency exchange Voyager Digital Holdings Inc.

  • May 07, 2024

    WeWork Wins Interim OK Of $50M New Money DIP In Ch. 11

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge said Tuesday he will approve $50 million of debtor-in-possession financing for WeWork, overruling objections from the office space provider's co-founder and ex-CEO Adam Neumann, whose lawyers alleged the financing agreement was actually an unfairly discounted asset sale in disguise.

  • May 07, 2024

    Celsius Judge Blasts Stretto's 'Inexcusable' Data Breach Delay

    A New York bankruptcy judge slammed claims agent Stretto on Tuesday in response to the company's failure to notify Celsius Network customers affected by a data breach last month, an incident that compelled the crypto lender to pause distributions to creditors.

  • May 07, 2024

    Meet The Weil Attys Guiding Steward Health's Ch. 11

    A team of attorneys from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP is representing Steward Health Care System LLC as the embattled hospital operator navigates Chapter 11 in a Texas bankruptcy court with more than $1 billion in debt.

  • May 07, 2024

    Steward Health Gets Ch. 11 Loan, Says It Plans Hospital Sales

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Tuesday allowed Steward Health Care to take out $75 million in Chapter 11 financing to meet its next-day payroll after being told the hospital chain plans to sell facilities to pay down its $9 billion in debt.

  • May 07, 2024

    Judge Rips 2nd Circ.'s 'Erroneous' Ruling In Sears Lease Spat

    A New York federal district judge ruled that Sears Holdings Corp.'s lease for the Mall of America in Minneapolis should be returned to the bankrupt retail chain's liquidating trustee, saying that the decision gives "scant comfort" as it removed from the books "an obviously outlier ruling" by the Second Circuit.

  • May 07, 2024

    Prepetition Waivers Sway Invitae Judge On Kirkland Hire

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge approved the retention of Kirkland & Ellis LLP as bankruptcy counsel for debtor Invitae Corp. Tuesday, the same day he approved a $239 million sale of its assets to Labcorp.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • How Cannabis Cos. Are Adapting In Shifting Bankruptcy Arena

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    Recent bankruptcy cases show that federal courts have begun to demonstrate more openness to downstream businesses in the cannabis industry, and that even though receivership can be a viable option for those denied access to the bankruptcy system, it is not without its own risks and complexities, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Pa. City Ch. 9 Ruling Raises Municipal Financing Concerns

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    A Pennsylvania district court’s recent ruling in a Chapter 9 case filed by the city of Chester, Pennsylvania, strengthens the foundations of the municipal bond market, but also demonstrates that bankruptcy courts continue to struggle with some of the features of municipal revenue bonds and issue rulings that contradict market expectations, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Pa. Ruling Shows Why Term Sheet Can Be Worth The Wait

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    A Pennsylvania bankruptcy court’s recent In re: Legarde ruling, holding that a settlement term sheet was enforceable, reminds litigants that it’s crucial to draft a written agreement before leaving mediation in order to resolve potential evidentiary issues and protect against buyer’s remorse, says Brian Shaw at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Asserting 'Presence-Of-Counsel' Defense In Securities Trials

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    As illustrated by the fraud trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, defense attorneys in securities trials might consider arguing that counsel had some involvement in the conduct at issue — if the more formal advice-of-counsel defense is unavailable and circumstances allow for a privilege waiver, say Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Crypto Has Democratized Trading In Bankruptcy Claims

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    Following the pandemic, there has been a wave of cryptocurrency bankruptcies and a related increase in access to information, allowing nontraditional bankruptcy investors to purchase claims and democratizing a once closed segment of alternative investing, says Joseph Sarachek at Strategic Liquidity.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • 5 Key Tips For Attorneys In The Subchapter V Arena

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    Subchapter V cases present unique challenges for the nondebtor parties-in-interest, and habits developed by attorneys in typical Chapter 11 cases do not necessarily translate, meaning creditors and their counsel should quickly take a proactive role in their cases to protect their interests, which can be done by attending the 341 meeting, analyzing the plan, and more, says Kelly Singer at Squire Patton.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

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