Mid Cap

  • July 03, 2024

    Takeoff Seeks To Alter Ch. 11 Loan To Avoid Liquidation

    Bankrupt grocery automation company Takeoff Technologies was unable to reach a deal with creditors to transfer a software license and instead plans to remove the transfer from its debtor-in-possession loan, in a bid to avoid a conversion to a Chapter 7 liquidation.

  • July 03, 2024

    Purdue Ruling Threatens To Limit Broader Bankruptcy Powers

    The U.S. Supreme Court's narrow read of a bankruptcy statute in its decision to reject nonconsensual third-party releases in the Purdue Pharma case could curb courts' power to authorize a range of Chapter 11 requests that aren't explicitly allowed under the law.

  • July 03, 2024

    Giuliani Creditors Say Conversion Motion 'Just Games'

    A New York bankruptcy judge will hear arguments next week over whether to convert Rudy Giuliani's Chapter 11 to a liquidation, a move his creditors denounced as gamesmanship with the bankruptcy system.

  • July 03, 2024

    Steward Health Downfall Prompts Calls For Tighter Regs

    The magnitude of the financial troubles plaguing bankrupt hospital operator Steward Health Care has turned the Chapter 11 case into a flash point that should prompt a regulatory overhaul, according to a new report released by advocacy group Private Equity Stakeholder Project.

  • July 02, 2024

    Purdue Sets Stage For Boy Scouts Equitable Mootness Fight

    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week in the Purdue Pharma case, the Boy Scouts' bankruptcy plan is back in focus before a federal appeals court, potentially reigniting a heated debate over equitable mootness, a doctrine courts have long used as grounds to avoid reopening and tinkering with already-consummated bankruptcy plans.

  • July 02, 2024

    Sens. Urge Synapse Partners To Free Up Customer Funds

    A group of Democratic senators led by banking committee chair Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, called on the owners and banking partners of bankrupt fintech intermediary Synapse Financial Technologies to restore customers' access to their deposits.

  • July 02, 2024

    Toys R Us Failure Started Toymaker Basic Fun On Ch. 11 Road

    Basic Fun, a company that picked up such iconic toy brands as Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys and Uncle Milton Ant Farm in distress sales, was itself started on the road to its Chapter 11 filing by the bankruptcy of toy retail giant Toys R Us, according to court filings.

  • July 02, 2024

    Ex-Bankruptcy Judge Will Be Deposed Over Atty Romance

    The former Texas bankruptcy judge whose secret relationship with a Jackson Walker LLP attorney ignited a major judicial ethics scandal has agreed to sit for a seven-hour deposition to answer questions about the episode.

  • July 02, 2024

    Toymaker Basic Fun Says It's Close To Deal With Lenders

    Counsel for toymaker Basic Fun told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday the company is close to an agreement with secured creditors on a plan to restructure $65.7 million in funded debt and emerge from Chapter 11.

  • July 02, 2024

    Giuliani Disbarred In New York Over Election Falsehoods

    A New York appellate court Tuesday barred Rudolph Giuliani from practicing law in New York, citing ample evidence that the former New York City mayor made repeated false statements about the 2020 presidential election.

  • July 01, 2024

    Giuliani Wants Bankruptcy Converted To Allow For Liquidation

    Rudy Giuliani on Monday asked a New York federal bankruptcy judge to convert his voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 proceeding, which would allow him to liquidate his assets to pay his debts.

  • July 01, 2024

    NJ Hospital Dodges $14.7M In Damages Over Audits

    An accounting firm for the former operator of Hoboken University Medical Center has dodged more than $14.7 million in malpractice liability damages even though a New Jersey federal jury found it had violated professional accounting standards in audits of the financially struggling hospital.

  • July 01, 2024

    How We Got To Purdue: From Johns Manville To The Sacklers

    The U.S. Supreme Court upended years of bankruptcy practice last week when it definitively barred nonconsensual releases of nondebtors in the Chapter 11 case of Purdue Pharma, saying no authority exists to extinguish claims that creditors of a bankrupt entity may have against related entities that themselves did not file for bankruptcy.

  • July 01, 2024

    Takeoff Ch. 11 Loan Delayed As Creditors Seek Liquidation

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge indicated Monday that he wouldn't give final approval to the debtor-in-possession loan in Takeoff Technologies' Chapter 11 bankruptcy in its current form, giving the grocery automation business more time to negotiate a solution and avoid conversion of its case to a Chapter 7 liquidation.

  • July 01, 2024

    Purdue Ruling Fallout, Rite Aid Confirms Ch. 11 Plan

     A long-awaited decision by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down nonconsensual third-party releases in the bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma LP, sending the bankruptcy bar toward a rethinking of the entire process of resolving mass torts through bankruptcy; pharmacy chain Rite Aid confirmed its Chapter 11 plan; and FTX Trading got court approval for its disclosure statement.

  • July 01, 2024

    Optio Rx Scores Final Green Light On $10M DIP Deal

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday gave Illinois-based specialty pharmacy chain Optio Rx final approval for a $10 million debtor-in-possession financing package to fund its Chapter 11 case after hearing issues regarding it had been resolved.

  • July 01, 2024

    Justices Told Clarity Needed On Ch. 11 Exculpations

    Highland Capital and parties opposed to the venture capital firm's Chapter 11 plan asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clear up how the high court's recent rejection of third-party claims releases in the Purdue Pharma reorganization applies to Chapter 11 exculpations.

  • July 01, 2024

    Talc Victims Can't Block J&J From Filing For Ch. 11 Outside NJ

    A New Jersey federal judge has denied a bid for a restraining order from a group of patients suing Johnson & Johnson over claims they were injured by its talc products, saying their concern that the company would try to file for bankruptcy outside the Garden State is based on speculation and not ripe for litigation.

  • July 01, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Two multimillion-dollar settlement approvals, a $25 million fee-shifting demand, and a biotech merger spoiled by murder: This was just the beginning of the drama last week in the nation's preeminent court of equity. Shareholders in satellite companies filed new cases, a cannabis company headed toward trial, and there were new developments in old disputes involving Tesla and Truth Social.

  • July 01, 2024

    Clothing Maker Delta Apparel Hits Ch. 11 With Sale Plans

    Delta Apparel Inc., a Georgia-based clothes manufacturer, and six affiliates filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware with around $250 million in debt and plans to sell the lifestyle and clothes brand Salt Life while in bankruptcy.

  • June 28, 2024

    Chevron's End Is Just The Start For Energized Agency Foes

    By knocking down a powerful precedent that has towered over administrative law for 40 years, the U.S. Supreme Court's right wing Friday gave a crowning achievement to anti-agency attorneys. But for those attorneys, the achievement is merely a means to an end, and experts expect a litigation blitzkrieg to materialize quickly in the aftermath.

  • June 28, 2024

    In Chevron Case, Justices Trade One Unknown For Another

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule a decades-old judicial deference doctrine may cause the "eternal fog of uncertainty" surrounding federal agency actions to dissipate and level the playing field in challenges of government policies, but lawyers warn it raises new questions over what rules courts must follow and how judges will implement them.

  • June 28, 2024

    Problems Linger Amid Efforts To Clean Up Debt Firm's Mess

    After the collapse of a California debt relief firm last year amid allegations of fraud, a bankruptcy judge signed off on a plan to allow a new firm to begin providing services for thousands of affected clients. While the new firm has promised to clean up its predecessor’s mess, some consumers say little to nothing has changed, and now enforcement agencies including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have started asking questions.

  • June 28, 2024

    Mercon Coffee Given More Time To Explain Insider Releases

    At its confirmation hearing Friday, Mercon Coffee Corp. said it needs more time to brief a New York bankruptcy judge on why certain employees are eligible for releases that were meant to keep them at the company.

  • June 28, 2024

    Ex-NS8 Exec Was 'Willing Participant' In Fraud, Trustee Says

    The litigation trustee in defunct cybersecurity startup NS8's Chapter 11 said co-founder David Hansen must return over $5 million to the bankruptcy estate, alleging in a lawsuit in the Delaware bankruptcy court that Hansen knew about and helped cover up years of fraud by the firm's former CEO that cost investors more than $100 million.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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