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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

Third Circuit’s Hypothetical Test Wins The Day As Bankruptcy Court Grants Donald And Ivanka Trump Relief From The Automatic Stay

In re Trump Entm’t Resorts, Inc., No. 14-12103 (KG), WL (Bankr. D. Del. Feb. 20, 2015)

On February 20, 2015, the Honorable Kevin Gross granted relief from the automatic stay so that Donald and Ivanka Trump (the “Trumps”) may continue their action against Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. and certain affiliated debtors (the “Debtors”) seeking to terminate a trademark license agreement (the “Trademark License Agreement”) and remove, among other things, the “Trump” name from the Debtors’ buildings.  Following Third Circuit precedent, Judge Gross ruled that under the “hypothetical test” the Trademark License Agreement could not be assumed or assigned by… Read More

Issue Of First Impression: Delaware Bankruptcy Court’s Jurisdiction Encompasses The Authority To Approve Rejection Of Expired Collective Bargaining Agreements

In re Trump Entm’t Resorts, Inc., No. 14-12103(KG) (Bankr. D. Del. Oct. 17, 2014)

In a sharply written Opinion, the Honorable Kevin Gross decided an issue of first impression in Delaware:  whether the Court has jurisdiction under Bankruptcy Code section 1113 to rule on a debtor’s motion to reject a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) that expired post-petition but its obligations continued status quo pursuant to Federal labor law.  Judge Gross found that the language and legislative purpose of section 1113 establishes the Court’s jurisdiction to enter an order approving rejection.  Applying the facts of the case, His Honor granted the… Read More

Coal Supply Agreement Held Executory; Pre-petition Payments Thereunder Not Recoverable As Preferences

Pirinate Consulting Group, LLC v. Avoca Bement Corp. (In re Newpage Corp.), Adv. No. 13-52196 (KG), 2014 WL 4948215 (Bankr. D. Del. Oct. 1, 2014)

In this short Memorandum Opinion, Judge Gross was called upon to determine the executory nature of a pre-petition coal supply agreement (the “Coal Supply Agreement”) in order to decide whether certain pre-petition payments to the non-debtor contract counterparty were preferential.  In rendering its decision, the Court relied heavily upon the principles set forth by the Third Circuit in Sharon Steel Corp. v. Nat’l Fuel Gas Distrib. Corp., 872 F.2d 36, 39-40… Read More

Delaware District Court Holds Subordination Agreements Enforceable to Subordinate Junior Secured Creditor’s Timely Filed Claim to Those Tardily Filed by a Senior Secured Creditor

Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. v. Miller (In re Franklin Bank Corp.), No. 13-1713-RGA, 2014 WL 3611596 (D. Del. July 21, 2014)

In this Memorandum Opinion, Judge Andrews of Delaware’s District Court vacated an order of the Bankruptcy Court and held that a secured creditor who tardily filed its claims years after the applicable bar date did not waive its ability to enforce subordination agreements to subordinate a junior secured creditor’s timely filed claims.  The District Court further held that, despite the Bankruptcy Court’s contrary ruling, the senior creditor’s failure to… Read More

Purchaser Cannot Escape Tax Lien Under Terms of Sale Order Despite Court’s Narrow Interpretation of “Permitted Encumbrances”

In re Joan Fabrics Corporation, No. 07-10479 (CSS) (Bankr. D. Del. May 5, 2014)

On May 5, 2014, the Honorable Christopher S. Sontchi issued an Opinion denying a purchaser’s motion to enforce a sale order and hold a North Carolina county in contempt for pursuing unpaid taxes.  In doing so, the Court considered specific circumstances of the sale and interpreted the terms of the asset purchase agreement under North Carolina law to conclude that the county’s actions did not violate the sale order.

On July 5, 2007, the Court approved a sale of several lots of… Read More

State Law Enforceability of Post-Confirmation Settlement Agreement Not Dispositive; Bankruptcy Court Considers Bankruptcy Rule 9019 Standard

In re Filene’s Basement, LLC, No. 11-13511 (KJC), 2014 WL 1713416 (Bankr. D. Del. Apr. 29, 2014)

On April 29, 2014, the Honorable Kevin J. Carey issued another Memorandum in connection with the on-going disputes in the bankruptcy proceedings of reorganized Filene’s Basement, LLC and its affiliated reorganized debtors (collectively, the “Reorganized Debtors”) regarding a lease of non-residential real property located in Secaucus, New Jersey (the “Lease”). Unlike Judge Carey’s prior decisions that determined a claim to percentage rent under the Lease (an analysis of which may be found here), the issues presented to His Honor in… Read More

Zero Purchase Price Repo Transactions Held to Qualify Under the Catchall Provision of Section 101(47)(A)(v); Liquidation of Disputed Securities Remanded to Bankruptcy Court for Further Review

George L. Miller, Chapter 7 Trustee for the Estate of HomeBanc Corp. v. Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. (In re HomeBanc Mortgage Corp.), No. 13-1064 (RGA) (D. Del. March 27, 2014)

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Bankruptcy Court Determines Multiple Agreements are Not Integrated; Allows Debtor-Licensee to Assume License Agreement Over Objection of Licensor

In re Physiotherapy Holdings, Inc., No. 13-12965 (KG), 2014 WL 1053117 (Bankr. D. Del. March 19, 2014)

When faced with the question of whether a debtor-licensee was entitled to assume a software license agreement (the “License Agreement”) while rejecting five other agreements with the licensor, the Honorable Kevin Gross held in the affirmative, relying upon the express language of the various agreements and the necessity of the License Agreement to the debtors’ ability to successfully reorganize.

Prior to the petition date, Physiotherapy Holdings Inc. and its various affiliates (together, the “Debtors”) entered into six agreements with Huron Consulting… Read More