Large Cap

  • May 06, 2024

    Kwok Ch. 11 Trustee Pounces On Co-Defendant's Guilty Plea

    The Chapter 11 trustee seeking to wrangle a company from an individual who allegedly received it from Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's former chief of staff Yanping "Yvette" Wang says Wang's guilty plea in New York criminal court negates her attempt to slow-walk a Connecticut bankruptcy court adversary proceeding.

  • May 06, 2024

    FCC Only Commits To Normal Review Of Soros-Audacy Deal

    The FCC has informed two Republican lawmakers worried about Soros Fund Management's acquisition of an ownership interest in radio station owner Audacy that it will conduct a regular license review, but stopped short of promising the foreign ownership review that the legislators want due to their concerns about the fund's "deeply partisan" billionaire owner.

  • May 06, 2024

    WeWork Advances Plan, J&J's Third Filing, More Jones Drama

    WeWork Inc. pushed forward a reorganization plan despite its former CEO's objections, Johnson & Johnson disclosed plans for a prepackaged bankruptcy case supported by a $6.5 billion settlement, and an appeals court upheld more than $400,000 in sanctions as part of bankruptcy proceedings for Georgia-Pacific's asbestos unit.

  • May 06, 2024

    Aircraft Parts Co. Incora Blasted Over Releases In Ch. 11 Plan

    Bankrupt aircraft component supplier Incora's amended Chapter 11 plan was opposed by the Office of the U.S. Trustee and a group of its noteholders in a Texas bankruptcy court on the grounds that its scope of claims releases is too broad.

  • May 06, 2024

    Hospital Chain Steward Health Hits Ch. 11 With Over $1B Debt

    Embattled hospital operator Steward Health Care filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday in a Texas bankruptcy court with more than $1 billion in debt, blaming rising costs and falling government reimbursement rates.

  • May 03, 2024

    Harvey Weinstein Denied Win In $1M Fee Fight With Jose Baez

    A New York state judge on Friday denied an early win to Harvey Weinstein in his $1 million fee dispute with criminal defense attorney Jose Baez, saying the incarcerated former media mogul produced nothing but a "self­-serving affidavit" and "haphazard printout" to make his arguments. 

  • May 03, 2024

    9th Circ. Orders 2nd Look At Stay In PG&E Wildfire Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday told a lower court to reconsider its order staying claims PG&E investors brought against officers, directors and others over wildfire liability, saying more factors should have been considered before the stay was granted.

  • May 03, 2024

    Judge OKs Syracuse Diocese Ch. 11 Plan Disclosures

    A New York bankruptcy judge has approved the disclosure statement for the Chapter 11 plan of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, New York, and set a confirmation hearing on the plan in September.

  • May 03, 2024

    Keeping Track Of The Catholic Diocese Bankruptcy Cases

    New federal legislation that aims to bolster protections for sex abuse victims in bankruptcy has put renewed focus on the more than dozen Catholic dioceses that have turned to Chapter 11 to manage their liability for alleged child abuse crimes.

  • May 03, 2024

    Tech Co. ConvergeOne Can Tap Final $70M Leg Of $215M DIP

    A Texas bankruptcy judge has given final approval to information technology company ConvergeOne's two debtor-in-possession loans, letting the company access $70 million of new money as it works to confirm a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan to clear $1.6 billion of debt.

  • May 03, 2024

    SVB Seeks Exit Fee For $340M Brookfield, Sequoia JV Sale

    SVB Financial Group has urged a New York bankruptcy court to sign off on protections for a joint venture of Brookfield and Sequoia that is offering $340 million to purchase its investment platform, explaining that a $15.1 million break-up fee provision is necessary to secure the bid.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ohio Atty Gets 3rd Suspension After Not Reporting Conviction

    A Cleveland-area attorney trying to get reinstated after neglecting bankruptcy cases was suspended yet again by the Ohio Supreme Court, which said he failed to report a drug conviction to his county bar association for almost eight months.

  • May 03, 2024

    Kwok's Ex-Chief Of Staff Pleads Out Before $1B Fraud Trial

    The former chief of staff to exiled Chinese billionaire Ho Wan Kwok pled guilty in Manhattan federal court on Friday to participating in a $1 billion investor fraud, less than three weeks before she was scheduled to go to trial alongside her erstwhile boss.

  • May 02, 2024

    US Trustee Says Celsius Committee Member Overstepped

    The U.S. Trustee is fighting a bid by a Celsius Network creditor to "clear his name" after the bankruptcy watchdog accused him of overstepping his bounds by representing and counseling the unsecured creditors committee without permission.

  • May 02, 2024

    Comcast Dispute Adds Wrinkle To Diamond Sports Ch. 11

    A carriage dispute between Bally Sports and Comcast has thrown a wrinkle into Diamond Sports Group's Chapter 11 case, knocking its regional sports networks off the air with less than 45 days until its plan confirmation hearing.

  • May 02, 2024

    Ex-FTX Boss Ryan Salame To Give Up $5.9M Bahamas House

    Ryan Salame, the former co-chief executive of FTX Digital Markets, an affiliate of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd., has agreed to transfer a $5.9 million house he owns in the Bahamas to FTX in lieu of paying the firm restitution over fraudulent political donations, according to a Wednesday motion.

  • May 02, 2024

    Office Snapshot: Lewis Brisbois' Delaware Digs

    Since opening its Delaware office at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has steadily grown its attorney roster in Wilmington, including some recent hirings.

  • May 02, 2024

    InfoWars Discharge Fight Delayed Until Ch. 11 Plan Hearings

    A dispute between Alex Jones and his InfoWars radio show business on one side, and the families of Sandy Hook shooting victims on the other about whether defamation judgments can be discharged in bankruptcy will be pushed until after Chapter 11 plan proposals are heard by the court.

  • May 01, 2024

    Enviva's $500M DIP Approved With Shareholder Rights Intact

    Enviva Inc. received permission Wednesday from a Virginia bankruptcy judge to tap a $500 million debtor-in-possession financing package that includes a provision allowing existing shareholders to chip in up to $100 million to help fund the wood pellet maker's Chapter 11 case.

  • May 01, 2024

    Madoff Investor Asks High Court To Overturn Clawback Math

    An investor in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to overturn a Second Circuit decision on how to calculate the amount of investor withdrawals that can be clawed back to the Madoff bankruptcy estate, saying the panel misquoted a prior circuit ruling.

  • May 01, 2024

    5 Key Moments In Vice Media's Bankruptcy

    Once valued at $5.7 billion, Vice Media Group on Tuesday took an important step towards a bankruptcy exit as a smaller, more streamlined company when a New York judge said he would approve the company's liquidation plan, following a nearly year-long spell in Chapter 11.

  • May 01, 2024

    99 Cents Pursues $2.5M Store Leases Sale To Dollar Tree

    Discount retail chain 99 Cents Only urged a Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday to let it accept a $2.5 million offer from Dollar Tree to potentially take over the debtor's leases at 58 recently closed stores, as it works to quickly wind down in Chapter 11.

  • May 01, 2024

    Judge Enjoins Baseball Bat Cos. In Fla. Trademark Fight

    A pair of companies owned by ex-MLB player Yoenis Céspedes have won a preliminary injunction against several businesses in an intellectual property dispute in Florida federal court over baseball bats, saying the former New York Mets outfielder's companies are likely to succeed on a trademark claim.

  • May 01, 2024

    Kirkland Rips 'Tortured' Theory In Texas Judge Romance Suit

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's inclusion in a Texas federal suit accusing it of conspiring with Jackson Walker LLP, a disgraced Texas bankruptcy judge and a former Jackson Walker partner who was his romantic partner to oust a CEO is based on "a tortured theory" and "flimsy facts," the firm declared.

  • May 01, 2024

    J&J Proposes $6.5B Deal To End Ovarian Cancer Claims

    Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it is proposing a prepackaged reorganization plan for its talc unit that will pay out $6.5 billion to resolve claims that its talc-based baby powder caused ovarian cancer, if a supermajority of claimants agree to the plan.

Expert Analysis

  • Why The Debt Maturity Wall Is Still A Figment, For Now

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    While the phenomenon of the debt maturity wall — a growing wall of staggered corporate debt maturities — has been considered a looming problem since the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, it’s unlikely to have significant consequences before 2025 due to factors such as quantitative easing and evolved lending practices, says Michael Eisenband at FTI Consulting.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • 10 Essential Bankruptcy Litigation Tips For In-House Counsel

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    Bankruptcy litigation is a complex and multifaceted area of law that poses unique challenges for in-house counsel, and there are several tools at legal professionals' disposal, like appraisals and understanding jurisdictions, to stay well-informed and protect their companies' interests, says Alison Ashmore at Dykema.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Sellers Seeking Best Deal Should Focus On Terms And Price

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    Rising interest rates and a decline in the automotive mergers and acquisitions market mean that a failed deal carries greater stakes, and sellers therefore should pursue not only the optimum price but also the optimum terms to safeguard their agreement, says Joseph Aboyoun at Fox Rothschild.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Rite Aid's Reasons For Ch. 11 Go Beyond Opioid Suits

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    Despite opioid-related lawsuits being the perceived reason that pushed Rite Aid into bankruptcy, the company's recent Chapter 11 filing reveals its tenuous position in the pharmaceutical retail market, and only time will tell whether bankruptcy will right-size the company, says Daniel Gielchinsky at DGIM Law.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • A Look At DOJ's New Nationwide Investment Fraud Approach

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    Investment fraud charges are increasingly being brought in unlikely venues across the country, and the rationale behind the U.S. Department of Justice's approach could well be the heightened legal standards in connection with prosecuting investment fraud, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • Decoding The Digital Asset Landscape In Bankruptcy

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    Recent cases show the explosion of cryptocurrency as an asset class has created new challenges for debtors-in-possession, bankruptcy trustees, and federal and state receivers, and fiduciaries will have to consider a number of legal and practical considerations when determining how to manage these assets in insolvency, say David Castleman at Otterbourg and Anthony Facciano at Stretto.

  • How Fla. Bankruptcy Ruling May Affect Equity Owners

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    A Florida bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in Vital Pharmaceuticals — which rejected the Third Circuit’s Majestic Star decision that determined a bankrupt corporation’s flow-through status was not protected by the automatic stay — may significantly affect how equity owners can mitigate the impact of flow-through structures in bankruptcy, say Eric Behl-Remijan and Natasha Hwangpo at Ropes & Gray.

  • Calif. Ruling May Open Bankruptcy Trustees To Tort Liability

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    In Martin v. Gladstone, a recent California appellate court decision, the application of tort concepts to bankruptcy trustees could pose a new concern for trustees and federal receivers when controlling and maintaining commercial property, says Jarrett Osborne-Revis at Buchalter.

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