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  • 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.

  • June 28, 2024

    Girardi's Ch. 7 Evidence Fight May Raise Novel Issues

    Tom Girardi told a California federal judge that FBI agents violated his constitutional rights by obtaining evidence from his law firm's bankruptcy trustee without a search warrant, an argument that, if successful, could hamstring prosecutors in his upcoming wire fraud trial and shake up law enforcement's dealings with trustees.

  • June 28, 2024

    US Logistics Liquidation Comes Amid Industry Headwinds

    A lender cutting off funding may have been the direct cause of trucking company U.S. Logistics Solutions Inc. filing for Chapter 7 liquidation in Texas, but it came amid a challenging environment for truck carriers.

  • June 28, 2024

    Telecom Co. Airspan Cleared For $200M Equity Swap

    Wireless telecommunications equipment maker Airspan Networks received court approval for its prepackaged Chapter 11 plan Friday in Delaware, paving the way for a $200 million debt-for-equity transaction that the company's attorney said will give it sure financial footing for the future.

  • June 28, 2024

    Lincoln Logs Maker Basic Fun Inc. Files For Ch. 11

    Basic Fun Inc., the toy-maker behind Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday in a Delaware bankruptcy court, listing less than $100 million in assets and liabilities each. 

  • June 28, 2024

    Nixed Purdue Ch. 11 Plan May Leave States Ready For A Fight

    State attorneys general across the country could be gearing up for more opioid-related litigation against the Sackler family after the U.S. Supreme Court wiped out a $5.5 billion third-party release for the owners of bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma LP, experts told Law360.

  • June 28, 2024

    Estate Owes $4.9M For Son-Of-Boss Scheme, US Says

    An estate owes $4.9 million in tax liabilities for a couple's scheme to artificially cancel out their capital gains, the federal government said in a complaint in Michigan federal court, arguing that the Son-of-Boss scheme constitutes fraud and its proceeds aren't entitled to bankruptcy protection.

  • June 28, 2024

    Manolete Sues MSR Partners For £15.6M Over Audit Failure

    Manolete Partners PLC has sued MSR Partners LLP for £15.6 million ($19.7 million), alleging that the accounting firm failed in auditing a peer-to-peer lending platform that went into administration in 2019.

  • June 27, 2024

    Credivalores, Lender's Noteholders Tussle On Ch. 11 Plan Vote

    Colombian consumer lending giant Credivalores-Crediservicios and an ad hoc group of noteholders on Thursday disputed the legitimacy of a vote count that would determine whether the lender's prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization plan goes forward, leaving a New York bankruptcy judge to mull what must be done.

  • June 27, 2024

    Purdue Ruling Reshapes Conn. Catholic Diocese's Ch. 11 Plan

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday banning bankruptcy judges from forcing non-debtor third parties to release claims against other non-debtors quickly reshaped a proposed Chapter 11 plan for a Connecticut Roman Catholic diocese, as a creditors committee withdrew a $32 million abuse victim trust proposal and proffered an immediate replacement.

  • June 27, 2024

    Kavanaugh Rips 'Ruinous' Decision To Kill 3rd Party Releases

    In a fiery dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court's split ruling Thursday that eviscerated Purdue Pharma LP's reorganization plan and, along with it, nonconsensual third-party releases in Chapter 11 cases, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh became the champion of the bankruptcy system, defending its practicality — especially in mass tort cases.

  • June 27, 2024

    Ch. 7 Can't Free PE Firm From Suit, Diamond Polisher Says

    A Canadian diamond polisher urged a Michigan federal judge to keep alive its suit alleging that a lab-grown diamond company's private equity owner knew it couldn't make good on its promise to fund new facilities to process the gemstones, saying the fact that the company is going through bankruptcy can't shield the PE firm from liability for using its alter ego to make fraudulent statements.

  • June 27, 2024

    Sandy Hook Families Can't Seize Funds From Alex Jones' Co.

    A group of families looking to collect a $50 million defamation verdict against Alex Jones' media business can't seize its bank accounts, a Texas bankruptcy judge ruled Thursday, questioning why they asked a state court for control of the accounts hours after the bankruptcy court ordered a Chapter 7 trustee to take over the assets.

  • June 27, 2024

    Titanic Purdue Ruling Shifts The Balance Of Power In Ch. 11

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Sackler family's liability shield in the Chapter 11 plan of Purdue Pharma LP not only eliminates a key tool to resolve mass tort liabilities through bankruptcy, it gives claimants more leverage and fundamentally changes the insolvency landscape in future cases, experts tell Law360.

  • June 27, 2024

    Justices Nix 3rd-Party Liability Releases In Purdue Ch. 11 Plan

    The U.S. Supreme Court shot down the validity of nonconsensual third-party releases in an opinion issued Thursday in the case of bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma LP, potentially exposing the Sackler family members who own the company to personal liability for the company's role in the opioid crisis.

  • June 26, 2024

    Eiger Gets OK On Ch. 11 Drug Sale After Tripling Initial Bid

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved Eiger BioPharmaceuticals' $35.1 million sale of its Avexitide product, after the drug company more than tripled an initial bid for the metabolic-disease treatment during a recent auction.

  • June 26, 2024

    Commitment Issues Raise Questions On Biotech's DIP Loan

    Synthetic biologics maker Solar Biotech Inc.'s proposed Chapter 11 loan hit a roadblock Wednesday when a Delaware bankruptcy judge balked at approving the financing package without a firm commitment from the lender, who is also serving as a stalking horse bidder for the debtor's assets.

  • June 26, 2024

    Cleaning Products Co. Supply Source Cancels Ch. 11 Auction

    Cleaning products company Supply Source Enterprises Inc. told the Delaware bankruptcy court it wouldn't go through with a planned auction of all its assets because only its stalking horse bidder made a satisfactory offer.

  • June 26, 2024

    Small Biz Ch. 11s Soared Before Sub V Liability Limit Lapsed

    U.S. bankruptcies under Subchapter V of Chapter 11 surged to a single-day record last week, as small businesses including packaged waffle maker Julian's Recipe rushed to file before the expiration of a key provision that would have made some of them ineligible.

  • June 26, 2024

    Sleep Tech Co. ProSomnus Can Seek Votes For Ch. 11 Plan

    ProSomnus, a developer of devices aimed at preventing sleep apnea, can solicit its creditors' votes on the company's Chapter 11 plan after it made revisions responding to objections raised by the U.S. Trustee's Office, a Delaware bankruptcy judge said Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2024

    Tech Co. GigaMonster Seeks Vote For Ch. 11 Wind-Down Plan

    Defunct internet service provider GigaMonster asked for the Delaware bankruptcy court's sign-off to send its Chapter 11 liquidation and wind-down plan out for a vote by creditors, following a settlement in which the company's unsecured creditors agreed to drop a lawsuit against its controlling investors.

  • June 26, 2024

    Pricey Chapter 11 Process Fuels Rise In Prepack Filings

    Companies that go bankrupt are increasingly opting to first negotiate restructuring deals out of court so they can enter Chapter 11 toting a turnaround plan already accepted by creditors, saving potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs and dodging some of the stigma that bankruptcy attracts.

  • June 26, 2024

    Calif. Atty Won't Contest Claim He Stole Up To $282M

    A California lawyer has stopped defending himself against bar discipline charges that accuse him of stealing as much as $282 million from clients, and his posture has forced the cancelation of a trial that was scheduled for this week and makes his disbarment almost certain.

  • June 26, 2024

    Pharma Co. PhaseBio Can Exit Ch. 11 With Wind-Down Plan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday gave her blessing for pharmaceutical developer PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals Inc. to liquidate its assets and wind down after settlement agreements with creditors and a business partner cleared a path for it to exit Chapter 11 after roughly 19 months.

  • June 26, 2024

    Ex-BHS Director Ordered To Pay £50M Over Firm's Collapse

    A London judge has ordered a former director of the now-defunct British Home Stores to pay £50 million ($63.2 million) in damages after concluding he had committed trading misfeasance and wrongful trading during the company's high-profile downfall.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • 3 Cases Show Tensions Between Arbitration And Insolvency

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    The intersection of international arbitration and insolvency may influence the formulation of litigation strategy on a global scale, and several recent cases illustrate the need for counsel to understand how courts are varying in their approaches, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Air Ambulance Ch. 11s Show Dispute Program Must Resume

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    Air Methods’ recent bankruptcy filing highlights the urgent need to reopen the No Surprises Act’s independent dispute resolution program for air ambulances, whose shutdown benefits insurance companies and hurts providers, says Adam Schramek at Norton Rose.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Why Delaware ABCs Are No Longer As Easy As 1-2-3

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    In light of the Court of Chancery's recent focus on additional disclosures, the assignment for the benefit of creditors process in Delaware may no longer be as efficient as it once was, and companies should be prepared to provide significantly more information leading up to an ABC, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Diamond Sports Cases Shed Light On Executory Contracts

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    Recent Texas bankruptcy cases involving telecast fees payable by Diamond Sports to certain Major League Baseball teams provide a window into the dynamic relationship that can develop between debtors and counterparties under some executory contracts, say Joseph Badtke-Berkow and Robin Spigel at Allen & Overy.

  • Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Balancing Justice And Accountability In Opioid Bankruptcies

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    As Rite Aid joins other pharmaceutical companies in pursuing bankruptcy following the onslaught of state and federal litigation related to the opioid epidemic, courts and the country will have to reconcile the ideals of economic justice and accountability against the U.S. Constitution’s promise of a fresh start through bankruptcy, says Monique Hayes at DGIM Law.

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