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Third Circuit Affirms Debtors’ Right to Reject Expired Collective Bargaining Agreement Under Section 1113

In re Trump Entm’t Resorts, Unite Here Local 54, Appellant, No. 14-4807, 2016 WL 191926 (3d. Cir. Jan. 15, 2016), aff’g In re Trump Entm’t Resorts, Inc., 519 B.R. 76 (Bankr. D. Del. 2014)

On direct appeal, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a Delaware Bankruptcy Court ruling (see previous post here) that debtors’ powers under section 1113 of the Bankruptcy Code to reject a collective bargaining agreement remain in effect even if the agreement has expired.

Under the facts of the underlying case, a collective bargaining agreement (the “CBA”) between the Trump Entertainment Resorts debtors (the “Debtors”) and their… Read More

Third Circuit Holds That Bad Faith Determined by the Totality of the Circumstances Provides an Independent Basis for Dismissing an Involuntary Petition

In re Forever Green Athletic Fields, Inc., No. 14-3906, 2015 WL 6080665 (3d Cir. Oct. 16, 2015)

Despite no dispute that the petitioning creditors satisfied the statutory requirements for commencing an involuntary chapter 7 proceeding under section 303(b)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code and that the putative debtor was not paying its debts as they came due, this precedential Opinion of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the “totality of the circumstances” standard for determining bad faith under section 303 and affirmed the decisions of the lower courts that dismissed the proceeding as a bad faith filing.

In ruling so,… 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

Third Circuit Allows 363 Purchaser’s Funds to Bypass IRS and Satisfy Certain Administrative and General Unsecured Claims

In re ICL Holding Company, Inc., No. 14-2709, 2015 WL 5315604 (3d Cir. Sept. 14, 2015), aff’g sub nom United States v. LCI Holding Co., Inc., Nos. 13-924 (SLR), 13-1188 (SLR), 2014 WL 975145 (D. Del. March 10, 2014)

As discussed by the Delaware Bankruptcy Insider in March of last year, in ruling on a motion for stay the Delaware District Court determined that the Delaware Bankruptcy Court did not err when it approved a sale of substantially all of the assets of LCI Holding Company, Inc. and its affiliated debtors (the “Debtors”) and a settlement between the purchaser (the Debtors’… Read More

No Direct Claims Asserted By Oklahoma Plaintiffs In SemCrude Bankruptcy, Third Circuit Reinstates Permanent Injunction

In re SemCrude L.P., 2015 WL 4635798, — F.3d —- (3d Cir. Aug. 5, 2015)

In a recent precedential Opinion, the Third Circuit reversed a Delaware District Court Opinion and reinstated the Bankruptcy Court’s original Opinion, holding that certain claims brought by a group of SemCrude’s former limited partners (the “Oklahoma Plaintiffs”) against Thomas L. Kivisto, co-founder and former President and CEO of SemCrude L.P. (together with its affiliates, the “Debtors”) were derivative of other claims already brought and settled.  As such, the Third Circuit directed the Bankruptcy Court to enter a permanent injunction against… Read More

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

Walking the Fine Line Between “Legitimate Zeal of Attorneys Representing their Client” and “Dilatory or Aggressive Litigation Practices” That May Lead to Sanctions

In re Prosser, No. 14-1633, 2015 WL 305523 (3d Cir. Jan. 26, 2015)

This precedential Opinion should serve as a warning to practitioners—a bankruptcy court can (and will) impose sanctions under 28 U.S.C. § 1927 for litigation tactics that rise to the level of bad faith.  On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Third Circuit”) reversed an order entered by the District Court of the Virgin Islands (the “District Court”) vacating the imposition of sanctions by the District Court of the Virgin Islands, Division of St. Thomas and St. John, Bankruptcy Division (the… Read More

What Does It Mean to “Recover” Property (or the Value Thereof) for the Benefit of the Estate?

In re Allen, No. 13-3543, 2014 WL 4783085 (3d Cir. Sept. 26, 2014)

The Third Circuit was recently given the opportunity to explore what is required for “recovery” of property for the benefit of an estate under section 550 of the Bankruptcy Code.  In its own Florida bankruptcy proceeding, Advanced Telecommunication Network (“ATN”) avoided a transfer to Daniel W. Allen, Sr. (“Allen”), one of its former owners, and obtained a recovery order pursuant to section 550.  ATN pursued collection in the Florida courts but Allen actively impeded ATN’s efforts by transferring funds to trust accounts located in the Cook… 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

Transferee’s Knowledge of Debtor’s Intent Not Relevant For Fraudulent Transfer Claim For Actual Intent To Defraud

SB Liquidation Trust v. Preferred Bank (In re Syntax-Brillian Corp.), Nos. 13-1373, 13-1959, 2014 WL 3893292 (3d Cir. Aug. 11, 2014)

In these consolidated appeals stemming from a 2011 Bankruptcy Court decision, the Third Circuit vacated the Bankruptcy Court’s dismissal of certain fraudulent transfer claims against appellee Preferred Bank because the debtor’s intent determines whether a fraudulent transfer claim may be maintained, not the transferee-defendant’s knowledge of the debtor’s intent.  However, the Court affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s dismissal of all other claims.

The Third Circuit and Bankruptcy Court Opinions detail an alleged fraudulent scheme by certain… Read More