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Delaware District Court Transfers Declaratory Relief Action Based on the Anticipatory Filing Exception to the First Filing Rule

Flintkote Co. v. Aviva P.L.C., No. 13-103-LPS, 2015 WL 1405922 (D. Del. Mar. 25, 2015)

This Memorandum Opinion stems from a Third Circuit reversal of a Delaware District Court ruling that granted a motion to compel arbitration and dismissed as moot a motion to dismiss or, in the alternative, to transfer filed by Defendant Aviva P.L.C. (“Aviva”).  Because the Third Circuit vacated the Order denying the motion to transfer as moot, Aviva renewed its motion.  Such renewed motion is the subject of this Memorandum Opinion.  In granting the relief requested, Chief Judge Stark ruled that the anticipatory filing exception… Read More

Court Interprets Section 502(b)(6)(A); Holds “15%” A Measure of the Remaining Lease Term and Not a Measure of the Remaining Rent Due Under the Lease

In re Filene’s Basement, LLC, et al., No. 11-13511 (KJC) (Bankr. D. Del. Apr. 16, 2015)

In this Opinion, Delaware Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Carey ruled on a question that has evenly divided courts nationwide and remained unanswered by the Third Circuit Court Appeals – namely, whether the “15 percent” referenced in section 502(b)(6)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code refers to the remaining term of a lease or the remaining rent due under a lease.  Section 506(b)(6), which places a statutory cap on a landlord’s claim resulting from the termination of a debtor’s lease of real property, provides in relevant part… Read More

Practice Point: Direct Appeals to the Third Circuit When A Majority Of Appellants And Appellees Agree

Stanziale v. Car-Ber Testing, Inc. (In re Conex Holdings, LLC), — B.R. —- (D. Del. Mar. 23, 2015)

This Memorandum involves a request for direct appeal from a Bankruptcy Court Order granting summary judgment in favor of Car-Ber Testing, Inc. (the “Appellee”) on its new value defense to certain preferential payments received from Conex Holdings, LLC (with its affiliated entities, the “Debtors”).  Delaware’s District Court denied the request of the chapter 7 trustee (the “Appellant”) despite Appellee joining in the request, ruling that Appellant had not shown that (i) no controlling authority or matter of public importance existed; (ii)… Read More

Automatic Stay Held Not Applicable to Shareholder’s Right to Compel Shareholder Meeting

In re SS Body Armor I, Inc., No. 10-11255 (CSS), 2015 WL 1523775 (Bankr. D. Del. Apr. 1, 2015)

In this Opinion, Delaware Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher S. Sontchi adopted previous holdings of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Delaware District Court to rule that the right of a shareholder to compel a shareholder meeting for the purpose of electing a new board of directors continues during a bankruptcy proceeding unimpaired by the automatic stay.  See Manville Corp. v. Equity Sec. Holders Comm. (In re Johns-Manville Corp.), 801 F.2d 60 (2d Cir. 1986); Official Bondholder Comm…. Read More

Court Addresses Standards for Insolvency, Piercing the Corporate Veil Under Delaware Law, Avoiding Alleged Fraudulent Transfers, and More

Burtch v. Opus, LLC (In re Opus East, LLC), Adv. Proc. No. 11-52423 (MFW), 2015 WL 1404959 (Bankr. D. Del. March 23, 2015)

In this Opinion, Judge Mary F. Walrath addressed 67 counts brought by a chapter 7 trustee (the “Trustee”) against former fiduciaries of the debtor and related business entities.  The Trustee alleged theories of piercing the corporate veil, breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, successor liability, avoidance of fraudulent and preferential transfers, unjust enrichment, disallowance and equitable subordination of claims, revocation of certificate of dissolution, imposition of constructive trust, tortious interference… Read More

Significant Headway Made Relating To EFH Make-Whole Dispute, But Stay Relief Motion And Make-Whole Liability Hang In The Balance

Delaware Trust Co. v. Energy Future Intermediate Holding Co. (In re Energy Future Holdings Corp.), Adv. Pro. No. 14-50363 (CSS), — B.R. — (Bankr. D. Del. Mar. 26, 2015)

On March 26, 2015, Judge Sontchi made a significant, but not entirely dispositive, ruling in the on-going make-whole litigation encompassed within the Energy Future Holdings Corp. (with its affiliates, the “Debtors”) bankruptcy proceedings.  In this Opinion, Judge Sontchi granted summary judgment for the Debtors in part, ruling that (i) the bankruptcy filing caused an automatic redemption and no “Applicable Premium” or make-whole was due; (ii) the EFIH Debtors’ did… Read More