Bankruptcy

  • February 14, 2024

    Breast Implant Co. Wants Ch. 11 Sale Closed In 60 Days

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge granted breast implant manufacturer Sientra preliminary approval Wednesday to tap $22.5 million in Chapter 11 financing and start the process of selling its business within a two-month timetable.

  • February 14, 2024

    NY Objects To Rite Aid Bid To Close More Stores

    The state of New York asked a New Jersey bankruptcy judge Wednesday to keep two Rite Aid stores in Buffalo and Poughkeepsie, New York, out of the list of stores slated for closure in the pharmacy chain's Chapter 11 case, saying the closures would reduce pharmacy access for people in those communities.

  • February 14, 2024

    SmileDirectClub Trustee Wants To Cut Leases To Stop Losses

    The Chapter 7 trustee for dental care company SmileDirectClub Inc. submitted an emergency motion in a Texas court to end more than 100 active leases and discard related assets, aiming to slow the depletion of limited resources during the company's liquidation process.

  • February 14, 2024

    Perkins Coie Keeps Malpractice Win Over Trustee's Standing

    Perkins Coie LLP this week secured a Texas state appellate decision that upheld the dismissal of a malpractice lawsuit brought by a bankruptcy trustee for one of the firm's former clients, with the appellate panel concurring with a trial judge that the trustee lacked standing to pursue the claims.

  • February 14, 2024

    Genesis Gets Nod To Sell $1.6B In Grayscale Shares In Ch. 11

    Cryptocurrency lender Genesis Global won a New York bankruptcy judge's approval Wednesday to start selling more than $1.6 billion of shares in Grayscale Investments trusts to fund payouts to creditors, defeating an objection by Digital Currency Group over sale timing and the parent company's plea to consult on transactions.

  • February 14, 2024

    Genetic Testing Co. Invitae Files For Ch. 11 With $1.5B Debt

    California-based genetic testing company Invitae Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 protection in New Jersey with nearly $1.5 billion in debt and what it said is an agreement with senior noteholders to seek a buyer.

  • February 13, 2024

    ABA Asks Agency To End Use Of 'Master,' Citing Slavery Tones

    Calling someone a "court-appointed master" carries negative connotations due to the term's use during slavery, the American Bar Association's president wrote in a letter urging the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to adopt the term "court-appointed neutral" instead.

  • February 13, 2024

    NH Power Plant Says Electricity Deal Is Leaving It Broke

    The operator of a biofuel power plant in New Hampshire received the go-ahead from a Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday to keep the lights on for another week while it negotiates over a contract the debtor insists is forcing it to produce electricity for free.

  • February 13, 2024

    SAS Ex-Cabin Crew Defends Bid For Pension Pay In Ch. 11

    More than 40 pensioners of bankrupt Scandinavian airline SAS have told a New York bankruptcy court that their claims should not be thrown out, saying SAS cannot brush off its obligations by pointing the finger at the pension fund when the fund acts as its proxy.

  • February 13, 2024

    Voyager Investors Suing Mark Cuban Reach Deal With Gronk

    Investors suing billionaire Mark Cuban over his role in promoting now-bankrupt Voyager Digital Ltd. said Tuesday they had reached a tentative agreement with former NFL star Rob Gronkowski to stay claims tied to his social media posts and appearances boosting the cryptocurrency firm.

  • February 13, 2024

    Creditors Want Ch. 11 Trustee For NJ Defense Contractor

    Creditors of bankrupt defense contractor Marine Electric Systems Inc. asked a New Jersey court to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee, saying that one is needed to counter the "gross mismanagement" by the company's CEO and to save the company "from falling further into chaos and debt."

  • February 13, 2024

    US Asks Court To OK $1.4B Tax Claim Against SVB

    A D.C. federal court should step in and approve a $1.4 billion IRS tax claim against the shuttered Silicon Valley Bank, the U.S. government said Tuesday, saying the court has the authority to circumvent a rejection by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the bank's receiver.

  • February 13, 2024

    Fruit Co. Seeks $122M Private Sale To Avoid Ch. 11 Auction

    California stone fruit producer Prima Wawona has asked a Delaware bankruptcy court to approve a streamlined credit bid sale rather than force it to face the uncertainties of a Chapter 11 auction, given the company's urgent need to address its financial situation.

  • February 13, 2024

    Kidde-Fenwal Row Not For Bankruptcy Court, Insurers Say

    A group of insurers have asked that a Delaware federal court, rather than a bankruptcy court, handle their dispute with Kidde-Fenwal Inc. over whether they owe a defense in thousands of suits the fire-suppression company is facing over so-called forever chemicals.

  • February 13, 2024

    FDA, Creditors Oppose Drugmaker Humanigen's Ch. 11 Sale

    Biopharmaceutical company Humanigen faced fire on multiple fronts Tuesday after it asked the Delaware bankruptcy court to approve a $2 million stalking horse credit bid from its debtor-in-possession lender, an entity founded by the debtor's chief executive, that is opposed by the FDA and certain creditors.

  • February 13, 2024

    LaPierre Defends TV Spots, Celeb Ties As NRA Trial Nears End

    Former National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre told jurors in New York state court in the final week of trial Tuesday that he went on television and rubbed elbows with celebrities not out of a desire for the spotlight but to anchor the gun group in "mainstream American culture."

  • February 13, 2024

    Troika Strikes Ch. 11 Deal To Release $29M In Escrow

    The bankrupt marketing firm Troika Media Group told a New York court on Tuesday that it had settled a key dispute over its 2022 acquisition of another marketing agency, Converge Direct LLC, agreeing that $29 million being held in escrow should be released and paving the way for the Chapter 11 case to move forward.

  • February 13, 2024

    Santander Blasts Brazilian Airline's $950M DIP Request

    Spanish banking giant Santander, a creditor of GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, has asked a New York bankruptcy judge to reject the low-cost Brazilian airline's bid for $950 million in debtor-in-possession financing, alleging it would place new liens on funds on which the bank already has a claim.

  • February 13, 2024

    Troutman Pepper Faces One Of Kwok Trustee's Clawbacks

    The trustee overseeing Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's Chapter 11 case has filed an adversary complaint against Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP in a Connecticut bankruptcy court, saying Kwok transferred almost $2 million in prepetition funds and more than $80,000 in post-petition funds to the firm through his shell companies.

  • February 13, 2024

    McCarter & English Grows In Miami With Levine Kellogg Atty

    A former Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman LLP litigation and alternative dispute resolution attorney has joined McCarter & English LLP as a partner in Miami, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Breast Implant Maker Sientra Hits Ch. 11 With $82M In Debt

    Breast implant maker Sientra Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court with $82 million in debt, saying it is seeking a buyer for the business in the face of declining sales.

  • February 12, 2024

    WeWork Lenders Blast SoftBank, Ask For Ch. 11 Examiner

    An ad hoc group of WeWork noteholders have urged the bankruptcy court in New Jersey to appoint an examiner in the coworking space company's Chapter 11 proceedings, asserting that "things are not going as planned" due to "fundamental flaws" in the debtor's case and its ties to SoftBank.

  • February 12, 2024

    Aerospace Supplier Can Kick Gulfstream Supply Deal

    A Texas bankruptcy court has said bankrupt supply-chain management company Incora can ditch its contract to buy aerospace parts on behalf of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which would repurchase them for fixed prices.

  • February 12, 2024

    Rite Aid Seeks To Extend Ch. 11 Exclusivity To Late April

    Drugstore chain Rite Aid has urged a New Jersey bankruptcy judge to extend its Chapter 11 exclusivity period "out of an abundance of caution," explaining that although the company already filed its plan and disclosure statement, an extension would allow constructive mediation between parties.

  • February 12, 2024

    Katten Says It Can't Be Forced To Stay In Madoff Suit

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP told a New York bankruptcy judge that the difficulties the trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities may have in a suit to claw back $2 billion in transfers do not justify keeping the firm on the case for years with no prospect of pay.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • How Lease Obligations Can Affect Subchapter V Debt Cap

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    Two recent bankruptcy rulings in the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of New York take opposite positions on whether unmatured lease obligations are considered noncontingent debt for the purposes of calculating debtors' Subchapter V eligibility, say Joseph Orbach and Henry Thomas at Thompson Coburn.

  • NY CRE Lenders Need Clarity On Foreclosure Standing

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    Recent contradictory New York case law regarding issues of standing in commercial real estate litigation creates confusion for borrowers and lenders alike, and should be addressed by courts in advance of the anticipated onslaught of commercial mortgage-backed securities foreclosures, say Christopher Gorman and John Muldoon at Rosenberg & Estis.

  • Series

    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • Bill Could Pave Path To 'Safer' Banking For Cannabis Industry

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    The Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation, or SAFER, Banking Act, which was recently passed by a U.S. Senate committee, creates potential for financial inclusion of legally operating cannabis businesses and could promote recognition of the disconnect between federal laws and services unavailable to the industry, says Mark Bell at Stinson.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Key Issues When Navigating A Tenant's Bankruptcy

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    In light of recent Chapter 11 filings by Rite Aid and WeWork — companies with thousands of commercial leases — practitioners should review issues that can arise when bankruptcy is used to exit a lease, including the consequences of lease rejection and the statutory cap on landlord damage claims for a rejected lease, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling Seemingly Offers PTAB Deadline Immunity

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    The Federal Circuit's recent Purdue Pharma v. Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc. decision that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board had authority to issue a final written decision in a post grant review after the prescribed statutory deadline underscores how courts should consider the overall objective of the statutory scheme when balancing the classic conflict between bright-line rules and flexible standards, says Matthew Dowd at Dowd Sheffel.

  • Securing Financial Transparency In Chapter 11 Reporting

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    As we enter the new year, restructuring professionals would be wise to review Chapter 11 public reporting requirements to navigate what debtors may do to try to minimize public reporting, and what creditors can do to get the public reporting they deserve by striking a balance between financial transparency requirements and tactical moves, say Thomas Moers Mayer and Nancy Bello at Kramer Levin.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • Securities Question Stands After Contradicting Crypto Rulings

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    The debate about the regulation of crypto-assets came to a head in 2023 when two New York federal judges came to opposite conclusions about whether crypto-assets were securities by using the Howey test, highlighting the uncertainty facing the crypto industry as it seeks to resolve definitional questions, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

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