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The Court Adopts The “Receipt Date” For New Value Defense

Giuliano v. Innovative Nationwide Builders, Inc. (In re Ultimate Acquisition Partners LLP), Adv. No. 11-52633 (MFW) (Bankr. D. Del. Jan. 31, 2014)

In this Memorandum Opinion, the Honorable Mary F. Walrath denied the motion for summary judgment of defendant Innovative Nationwide Builders, Inc. filed in response to the Trustee’s preference complaint because material issues of fact existed as to the defenses it asserted.  Although denial of summary judgment on preference claims is routine, in rendering its decision, the Court in Innovativeopined on an unsettled issue within the Third Circuit – namely, how… Read More

Release Provision Interpretation Aggregates Claims in Preference Action

U.S. Bank N.A. v. DHL Global Forwarding (In re Evergreen Solar, Inc.), Adv. No. 13-50486 (MFW), 2014 WL 300965 (Bankr. D. Del. Jan. 28, 2014)

In this short Memorandum Opinion, the Honorable Mary F. Walrath denied the defendant’s motion for summary judgment over preference claims.  In so holding, the Court interpreted a release provision in a settlement agreement to allow the plaintiff to aggregate alleged preferential transfers and only release them, pursuant to the agreement, if the combined amount totaled less than $60,000.

The release provision provided that “all claims for the avoidance… Read More

Personal Injury Claims Arising from Wrongful Acts of a Debtor, Asserted Against a Third Party Purchaser Under a State Law Successor Liability Theory, Held by Third Circuit to be Property of the Estate

Aaroma Holdings, LLC v. Diacetyl Plaintiffs (In re Emoral, Inc.), No. 13-1467, 2014 WL 259870 (3d Cir. Jan. 24, 2014)

On January 24, 2014, in a precedential Opinion, the Third Circuit determined that personal injury causes of action, arising from wrongful conduct of a debtor, asserted against a non-debtor third party pursuant to a “mere continuation” theory of successor liability under state law, are “generalized claims” belonging to a bankruptcy estate rather than personal claims belonging to individual creditors.

Prior to the bankruptcy filing of Emoral, Inc. (“Emoral”), Aaroma Holdings LLC… Read More

District Court Affirms Bankruptcy Court’s Approval of a Settlement and Structured Dismissal in the Face of an Absolute Priority Challenge

Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. (In re Jevic Holding Corp.), No. 13-104 (SLR), 2014 WL 268613 (D. Del. Jan. 24, 2014)

On January 24, 2014, Judge Sue L. Robinson affirmed a Bankruptcy Court order approving a settlement and structured dismissal of the chapter 11 cases of Jevic Holding Corp. and its affiliated debtors (the “Debtors“) in the face of a challenge by certain appellants asserting WARN claims that such settlement, among other things, violated the absolute priority rule of section 1129 of the Bankruptcy Code.  The settlement, reached among the Debtors, the… Read More

Credit Bidding Limited For Cause Under Section 363(k)

In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc., et al., No. 13-13087 (KG), 2014 WL 210593 (Bankr. D. Del. Jan. 17, 2014)

In a ruling from the bench that was followed by this Memorandum Opinion, the Bankruptcy Court limited a secured creditor’s entitlement to credit bid for cause pursuant to section 363(k) of the Bankruptcy Code.  More specifically, the $75 million bid of Hybrid Tech Holdings, LLC (“Hybrid”), the debtors’ senior secured lender holding approximately $168.5 in claims, was reduced by the Bankruptcy Court to $25 million, the amount Hybrid purchased its claims… Read More

Motion for Reconsideration Denied: Bankruptcy Court Correctly Interpreted Lease

In re Filene’s Basement, et al., No. 11-13511 (KJC) (Bankr. D. Del. Jan. 15, 2014)

In a previous Memorandum issued on February 19, 2013, the Honorable Kevin J. Carey found that, inter alia, an amendment to a credit agreement providing for a $10 million working capital loan secured by a leasehold mortgage constituted a “permanent mortgage” under the terms of the lease.  This ruling, contingent on the Court construing the undefined lease term “permanent mortgage,” triggered significant percentage rent under the lease from the debtor, Syms Corp. (“Syms”), to the landlord.  Syms moved for reconsideration of such decision… Read More

Claimant Not Considered an “Employee” of the Debtor, Denied Administrative Claim for Severance

In re World Health Alternatives, Inc. et al., No. 06-10166 (PJW) (Bankr. D. Del. Jan. 14, 2014)

Despite a claimant’s assertion that he was entitled to an administrative expense claim against debtor World Health Alternatives, Inc. (“World Health“) for severance, the Court found, in this short letter 11 ruling, that the evidence did not support such a claim.  The claimant relied upon an alleged verbal employment agreement with World Health as a basis for his claim.  While the claimant testified that he worked for… Read More