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What 2017 May Bring for the Restructuring Community

We asked some of our financial advisor colleagues to give us brief readouts on what they felt 2017 has in store for us now that we have gotten beyond the inauguration and into the first weeks of the Trump administration.  Their thoughts follow: We have been seeing a lot...
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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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December 1, 2016 Revisions to the FRBPs: Taking the Bite Out of the Core-Noncore Distinction

On December 1, 2016, something extraordinary happened. No, it was not president-elect Trump visiting another Carrier air conditioning factory in Indianapolis. It was an event that made no headlines and caused no stir.  The Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure were silently amended to remove all references to “core” and...
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What Might a Trump Administration Mean for Bankruptcy Lawyers?

Inauguration is still about 2 months away, but it is not too early to begin thinking about what the Trump Administration will mean for commercial lawyers in general and bankruptcy lawyers in particular. Bankruptcy Reform? We are not hearing anything about a push for bankruptcy reform as part of...
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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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Producers Beware: What happens when your movie distributor files bankruptcy?

The Issue There has been written a plethora of articles about Bankruptcy Code §365(n) regarding the rights of parties to license agreements when the licensor files bankruptcy and rejects a license agreement. Generally, Code Section 365(n) allows the licensee to “accept” a rejection of a license agreement by the...
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Litigation Funders Find Opportunity in Bankruptcy

Published in the Daily Journal on January 27, 2016 Greenberg Glusker partner Brian Davidoff, was quoted in a January 27, 2016, article by Daily Journal reporter Steve Creighton on the opportunities for litigation funding of adversary cases in bankruptcy.  The article discusses the current bankruptcy climate, the looming increase of bankruptcies and how...
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Greenberg Glusker Guides Imaging3, Inc. Through Multiple Bankruptcy Appeals

Published in the Los Angeles Business Journal on January 18, 2015 Imaging3, Inc., a Burbank-based medical technology developer, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2013 after the reorganization plan that would convert the company’s debt to equity was approved by the court. The company faced several setbacks when a...
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New Year, New Fraudulent Transfer Law

It’s a new year, and we have a new law affecting debtors and creditors in California.  Effective January 1, 2016, California’s Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) has replaced California’s Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA). While the UVTA is similar to the UFTA in most respects, certain important changes and key...
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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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Golf Channel to Get a Mulligan?

In a surprise move, the Fifth Circuit vacated its recent, controversial  Golf Channel  opinion, potentially giving the Golf Channel a second chance in a case that seemed lost.  As I discussed in my previous post, the Fifth Circuit recently held that the Golf Channel had to return over $5.9 million...
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Experts: Drought Could Reverse Downturn in Bankruptcies

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP partner Brian Davidoff was quoted in an article that ran in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on July 31 st  about current predictions that the bankruptcy industry will soon see a spike in bankruptcy cases as a result of the state’s ongoing...
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50 Cent Files for Bankruptcy, Trades In Da Club for In Da Courthouse

The rapper Curtis James “50 Cent” Jackson III filed a voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in Connecticut bankruptcy court on Monday, July 13, 2015.  Jackson rose to prominence with songs like In Da Club and P.I.M.P. from his 2003 album  Get Rich or Die Trying  (also the name of...
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$5.9 Million in Payments to Golf Channel Declared Out of Bounds

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision that should make defendants in Ponzi cases shiver in their boots.  The court said that the defendant, the Golf Channel, had to return nearly $6 million and that it could not take advantage of a commonly-invoked “reasonably equivalent value&rdquo...
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“Wellness” Has Made Us Better

On Thursday I published a blog article entitled Will “Wellness Make Us Better?, in which I posed the question of whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court would finally rule on whether or not bankruptcy courts can, in  Stern  type cases, enter a final judgment with the consent of the...
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Will “Wellness” Make Us Better?

The United States Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the next few weeks in the case of  Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif (“Wellness”) , 727 F.3d 751 (7th Cir. 2013) regarding bankruptcy courts’ jurisdiction.  The jurisdictional quagmire is a major and growing virus in the bankruptcy...
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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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9th Circ. Panel Bolsters Trustees’ Reach-Back Powers

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared in Law360 . In a recent decision, the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit resolved what it described as an issue of “first impression” in the Ninth Circuit — whether or not the two-year statute of limitations provided by Section 546(a...
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Local Bar Association Files Amicus Brief in Baker Botts v. ASARCO Case

Baker Botts L.L.P. et al. v. ASARCO L.L.C. , currently pending before the Supreme Court of the United States, is of particular interest to bankruptcy practitioners because this decision will have far-reaching effects regarding attorney’s fees in bankruptcy.  Specifically, the Supreme Court will determine whether Section 330(a) of the...
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Law Firm “Clawback” Suit Goes to Ninth Circuit

Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali in San Francisco said last week that he will allow a direct appeal to the Ninth Circuit from one of his rulings in the bankruptcy of Howrey LLP, skipping an intermediate appeal to the U.S. District Court.  The judge relied on  Jewel v. Boxer  — 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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Escaping Taxes in Bankruptcy Through S Corporations

Editor’s note: this blog post was recently published in Law360. Shareholders of financially troubled S corporations may now be able to avoid the flow-through of taxes when the S corporation or its subsidiary files bankruptcy.  In  In re Majestic Star Casino, LLC , 716 F.3d 736 (3rd Cir. 2013), the Third...
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Mind the Statutory Gap (aka A Jurisdictional Mess)

As we all know, on June 9 of this year, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in  Executive Benefits Ins. Agency vs. Arkison , 134 S. Ct. 2165, 189 L. Ed. 2d 83 (2014), which we had hoped would resolve the open questions arising from  Stern v. Marshall...
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Security Interests in Intellectual Property and Related Issues in Bankruptcy

Intellectual property (“IP”) can act as collateral to be pledged to secure an extension of credit.  For example, a company that borrows money from a bank can pledge its patents as collateral for the loan.  The bank (referred to as the “secured creditor”) in this case will of course...
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Report from the BHBA’s Review of the Three Bankruptcy-Related Supreme Court Decisions

The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section recently held a program discussing the three recent bankruptcy-related Supreme Court decisions:  Law v. Siege l ,  Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison (In re Bellingham)  (redux of  Stern v. Marshall ), and  Clark v. Rameker  (regarding inherited IRAs and exemptions).  The program was...
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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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Why Aren’t There More Chapter 9 Bankruptcies?

After the housing market collapse, many cities and towns fell on hard times and have yet to recover.  In quite a few communities, housing prices remain low, municipal debt levels are unsustainable, and attempts to raise revenue have been rejected by voters—who are often cash-strapped themselves.  Bankruptcy offers breathing...
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