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Stern Requires More Than Subject Matter Jurisdiction, Bankruptcy Court Must Also Have Constitutional Adjudicatory Authority to Approve Nonconsensual Third-Party Releases in a Plan

Opt-Out Lenders v. Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC, No. 16-110-LPS, — F.Supp.3d —, 2017 WL 1032992 (D. Del. Mar. 17, 2017) corrected and superseded by 2017 WL 1064997 (D. Del. Mar. 20, 2017)

In this Opinion, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (the “District Court”) examines the bankruptcy court’s authority post-Stern v. Marshall, 131 S. Ct. 2594 (2011), to enter a final order releasing and permanently enjoining a non-debtor’s state law fraud and federal RICO claims against non-debtors absent consent.  Following two recent United States Supreme Court cases—Stern and Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v…. Read More

“One Nortel” Inches Closer to Final Adjudication of the Allocation Decision—Direct Certification to the Third Circuit Granted

In re Nortel Networks Inc., No. 15-624 (LPS), 2016 WL 2899225 (D. Del. May 17, 2016)

After the Court of Appeal for Ontario denied any further appeal of the Allocation Decision in the Canadian proceeding as a “barrier to progress”, the Delaware District Court, acting sua sponte, directed the parties to submit letter briefs on the issue of whether the District Court should grant direct certification to the Third Circuit.  Having both the benefit of the Ontario Court’s denial of further appeals, and the appeals themselves, Chief Judge Stark granted certification of an appeal of the Allocation Decision to… Read More

Non-Consensual Third Party Releases Certified Directly to the Third Circuit

In re Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC, No. 15-12284 (LSS), 2016 WL 155500 (Bankr. D. Del. Jan. 12, 2016)

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court has granted direct certification of a hot-button issue surrounding confirmation of plans in bankruptcy to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals—namely, whether a bankruptcy court has the authority to release a non-debtor’s direct clams against other non-debtors without the consent of… Read More

District Court Grants Direct Certification on Question of Whether Bankruptcy Courts Have Power to Transfer Cases under 28 U.S.C. § 1631

Troisio v. Erickson (In re IMMC Corp.), Civ. No. 15-1043 (GMS), 2016 WL 356026 (D. Del. Jan. 28, 2016)

The District of Delaware in this case granted direct certification to the Third Circuit on the question, “whether bankruptcy judges have the authority to order a transfer of an adversary proceeding pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1631.”  Op. *4-5.  The issue is whether a bankruptcy court is a “court” as defined in 28 U.S.C. § 610 that is authorized under 28 U.S.C. § 1631 to transfer a civil action to another court for want of jurisdiction.  Determining that the definition… Read More

Third Circuit Takes Rare Opportunity to Explore the Four Factors Balanced When Ruling on a Stay Pending Appeal Request

In re Revel AC, Inc., No. 15-1253, 2015 WL 5711358 (3d Cir. Sept. 30, 2015)

Although seemingly clear cut and established under controlling law, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently took the opportunity it is so seldom given to focus on how to balance the four factors that determine whether to grant a stay pending appeal under Bankruptcy Rule 8007.  See Fed. R. Bankr. P. 8007.  As a reminder to our readers, the four factors relevant to a stay pending appeal analysis are:  (1) whether the stay applicant has made a strong showing that it is likely to succeed on the… 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

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

Equitable Subordination Relief Granted; Recharacterization Relief Denied

U.S. v. State Street Bank and Trust Co., as Trustee for Junior Subordinated Secured PIK Notes, et al. (In re Scott Cable Communications, Inc.), Adv. Proc. No. 01-4605 (KJC), 2014 WL 5298031 (Bankr. D. Del. Oct. 15, 2014).

This recent and lengthy 90-page Opinion by the Honorable Kevin J. Carey arises from the chapter 11 proceedings of Scott Cable Communications, Inc. (“Scott Cable” or the “Company”) and concerns an adversary complaint in which the United States of America, on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service (the “Government” or the “IRS”), sought to recharacterize or equitably subordinate… Read More

Don’t Forget To File An Appeal If You Wish To Take Advantage Of One

In re Visteon Corp., Nos. 12-3352, 12-3353, 2014 WL 4244022 (3d Cir. Aug. 28, 2014)

In this Opinion, filed on August 28, 2014, the Third Circuit reaffirmed a general legal principle:  with limited exception, in order to reap the benefit of a favorable appeal, you must first file one.  Additionally, the Third Circuit reiterated the principle that “changes in the law after settlement do not affect the validity of the agreement and do not provide a legitimate basis for rescinding the settlement.”

Two unions, the UAW and IUE, represented retirees at the Visteon Corporation’s (“Visteon”)… Read More

Third Circuit in SCH Corporation and Delaware District Court in Tribune Emphasize the Importance of Examining the Relief Sought by Appellants When Deciding An Appeal Equitably Moot

In re SCH Corp., 2014 WL 2724606 (3d Cir. June 17, 2014); Wilmington Trust Co. v. Tribune Co. (In re Tribune Co.), 2014 WL 2797042 (D. Del. June 18, 2014) (consolidated appeals)

In In re Semcrude, L.P., 728 F.3d 314 (3d Cir. 2013), the Third Circuit discussed the analytical framework for evaluating the well-known equitable mootness factors: “(1) whether the reorganization plan has been substantially consummated, (2) whether a stay has been obtained, (3) whether the relief requested would affect the rights of parties not before the court, (4) whether the relief requested would affect the… Read More