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Third Circuit Approves of Structured Dismissals That Deviate From the Bankruptcy Code’s Priority Scheme – But Only in Rare Cases

Official Comm. of Unsecured Creditors v. CIT Group/Business Credit, Inc. (In re Jevic Holding Corp.), No. 14-1465, 2015 WL 2403443 (3d Cir. May 21, 2015)

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals (the “Third Circuit”) answered a novel question of bankruptcy law in the affirmative—whether a chapter 11 case can ever be resolved in a “structured dismissal” (a disposition that winds up the bankruptcy with certain conditions attached instead of simply dismissing the case and restoring the status quo ante) that deviates from the priority scheme of the Bankruptcy Code.  In rare cases, the Bankruptcy… Read More

Stern Dissent Takes Majority in Wellness, Holds Parties Can Consent To Bankruptcy Court Final Adjudication of Stern Claims

Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif, 575 U.S. —- (2015)

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court closed the loop on an issue left open by the High Court’s previous decisions in Stern v. Marshall, 564 U.S. ____ (2011) (holding that Article III prevents bankruptcy courts from entering final judgments on Stern claims (i.e., proceedings that are defined as core under 28 U.S.C. § 157(b) but that may not, as a constitutional matter, be adjudicated as such)) and Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, 573 U.S. ___ (2014) (permitting bankruptcy courts to submit proposed findings of fact and conclusions of… Read More

Bankruptcy Court Holds That Debtors May Use Their Setoff or Recoupment Rights (Whether Pre- or Post-Petition) to Reduce, At Their Election, A Creditor’s Secured, Administrative, or General Unsecured Claims

In re ADI Liquidation, Inc., (f/k/a AWI Delaware, Inc.), No. 14-12092 (KJC) (Bankr. D. Del. May 5, 2015)

In this Memorandum, Judge Carey answered an important legal question in the affirmative: whether a debtor can use its setoff or recoupment rights (whether pre- or post-petition) to reduce—at its election—the amount of a creditor’s allowed secured, administrative, or general unsecured claim.  In other words, a debtor may choose to apply a receivable against a creditor’s allowed administrative claim, which is entitled to full payment under a plan, and to preserve the creditor’s general unsecured claim, which may only receive… Read More

Continuous Insolvency Requirement and Irretrievable Insolvency Test Held By Delaware Chancery Court Inapplicable in Creditor-Derivative Claims

Quadrant Structured Prods. Co. v. Vertin, No. 6990-VCL, 2015 WL 2062115 (Del. Ch. May 4, 2015)

In this Opinion, Vice Chancellor Laster addressed two questions with respect to a derivative claim asserted by a creditor on behalf of a corporation – namely (1) whether such claims may be maintained only during the time that a corporation is actually insolvent and (2) whether to establish the insolvency of the corporation, such creditor must show that the corporation has “a deficiency of assets below liabilities with no reasonable prospect that the business can be successfully continued in the face thereof.” … Read More

“Ain’t Over Till It’s Over”: SCOTUS Holds Denial of Plan Confirmation Absent Dismissal of the Case Not a Final, Appealable Order

Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank, 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

On May 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States delivered a unanimous Opinion, penned by Chief Justice Roberts, holding that an order denying confirmation but not dismissing a bankruptcy case is not a “final” order that the debtor can immediately appeal.  In so holding, the Supreme Court held that the relevant “proceeding” is the entire process of considering plans for confirmation and if the debtor has the opportunity to propose another plan, the order denying confirmation is not final and not immediately appealable as a matter of… Read More