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To Ship or Not to Ship: 3 FAQ’s for Creditors Seeking Guidance Before or During a Retail Bankruptcy

COVID-19 has impacted an already shaky retail industry and pushed some of its participants into a rapid-fire series of bankruptcy filings. Although there was already a long list of prominent retail bankruptcies over the past several years prior to “shelter at home” orders – e.g. Toys “R” Us, Gymboree, Payless (twice), Forever 21, Barneys, Brookstone, Sears, Pier 1 (the list goes on) – it is unlikely that we have...
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The Ninth Circuit Loosens the Cap on Landlord Damages in In re Kupfer

Any property owner which has experienced the bankruptcy of a tenant is doubtless keenly aware of the limitation on damages which the Bankruptcy Code imposes on the landlord. A new decision by the Ninth Circuit bolsters the position of landlords in this long-running tussle. Section 502(b)(6) Cap Refresher Before...
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November Surprise? Ninth Circuit Resurrects Post-Default Interest

The additional “default interest” owed when a borrower defaults under a loan agreement is a technical but highly critical part of any lending arrangement. This important “default interest” was the subject of a recent Ninth Circuit decision in which the Circuit made a nearly 180-degree u-turn away from its...
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Who Says There Are No More Big Los Angeles Chapter 11 Cases?

On July 30, 2015, Relativity Media, along with 144 of its affiliates, filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The multi-million dollar entertainment company, which produced films such as  The Social Network ,  The Fighter ,  Limitless , and others, is headquartered on Beverly Blvd. in Beverly Hills.  As of the...
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As Retail Bankruptcies Rise, Landlords Must Prepare

Commercial landlords should take notice. Within the last several months, one women’s clothing retailer after another has gone out of business. On Dec. 4, 2014, Philadelphia-based  Deb Shops  filed Chapter 11. Next came  Delia’s , based in New York, which filed bankruptcy only four days later. On Jan. 9...
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Retail Chapter 11 Filings Up, Bucking Bankruptcy Trends In Economic Recovery

The economy is humming along and bankruptcy filings are at historic lows. Nevertheless, a recent trend in retail may suggest that the times, they are a-changing. Radio Shack, the 95-year-old national chain that for many years was the “go-to” store for consumer electronics, has been in the headlines as a...
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When Things Do Not Go As Planned In A Bankruptcy Sale

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared in Law360 . Buying distressed assets is big business.  Many distressed assets are acquired through the seller’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.   In those instances, a buyer will enter into a purchase and sale agreement with the seller/debtor and the agreement is generally subject to notice...
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When One Solution Is Better Than Two

Over the years, clients have sought my advice after they have obtained a judgment against a limited liability company or a corporation and after they have tried, without success, to collect on that judgment.  All of the typical judgment enforcement methods have already failed.  Because judgment debtors generally do...
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To Stalk Or Not To Stalk? — That is the Question in a 363 Sale

The biggest trend in Chapter 11 bankruptcies over the past 10 years is to sell assets through a “Section 363 sale,” named for Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, which describes the standards for sales in bankruptcy court.   Previously, in most Chapter 11 cases, the debtor would propose a...
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