Large Cap

  • June 04, 2024

    'Miles Guo Stole My Money': NY Jury Hears Of Alleged Fraud

    A former supporter of exiled Chinese billionaire Miles Guo testified in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that the purported billionaire conned her into investing more than $100,000 in the media company he founded alongside former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon, describing Guo's interrelated business ventures as a "mafia."

  • June 04, 2024

    Bally Sports Parent Reaches Multiyear Fubo Carriage Deal

    The bankrupt owner of Bally Sports-branded regional sports networks told a Texas judge Tuesday that it has reached a multiyear agreement with fuboTV to continue that company's carriage of the debtor's channels on its streaming platform, adding to its roster of new distribution deals as a hearing on its Chapter 11 plan nears.

  • June 04, 2024

    Anderson Kill Adds Leaders For Financial Litigation Team

    Anderson Kill PC has found the leaders of its financial litigation and complex disputes practice group in two attorneys from BraunHagey & Borden LLP.

  • June 04, 2024

    Widow's 'Elderly' Claim For Atty Fee Can't Stand, Trustees Say

    A coal company executive's widow can't demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees over a dismissed suit seeking $6.5 billion, United Mine Workers of America pension plan trustees argued, knocking her claim that the trustees are seeking funds from an "elderly woman."

  • June 03, 2024

    FTX, IRS Propose Settling $8B Tax Fight For Just $885M

    FTX and the Internal Revenue Service have reached a proposed settlement worth roughly $885 million that would resolve the agency's contention that the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange operator owes $8 billion in taxes, according to a motion filed Monday in Delaware federal bankruptcy court.

  • June 03, 2024

    Cruise Co.'s Ch. 11 Confirmation Tripped Up By Surety Debate

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday put off confirming the Chapter 11 plan of sightseeing cruise business Hornblower Holdings LLC in order to address the remaining objection against the plan brought by a company backing Hornblower's refunds.

  • June 03, 2024

    Hello Judges, Goodbye Refs: 1970s Changes To Bankruptcies

    Imagine taking your client's insolvent company to a referee instead of a judge, or not having creditors grill you in a 341 meeting — or not having a creditors committee at all. That was the case before the 1970s ushered in the most sweeping changes to U.S. bankruptcy law and practice in 80 years.

  • June 03, 2024

    Sandy Hook Families Seek To Liquidate Alex Jones' Media Co.

    Creditors of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' media company Free Speech Systems have asked a Texas bankruptcy judge to convert its Chapter 11 to a Chapter 7, saying liquidation is the only realistic route for creditors to get paid as the separate bankruptcies of the InfoWars parent and Jones near their close.

  • June 03, 2024

    Yellow Corp. Gets Another 3 Months To Control Ch. 11 Case

    Trucking firm Yellow Corp. received a new 90-day extension of the period during which it has the exclusive right to file a Chapter 11 plan, with a Delaware bankruptcy judge ruling Monday the debtor should be given more time to pursue its reorganization goals, which have thus far resulted in the full repayment of its funded debt.

  • June 03, 2024

    Judge Says It's Time For DIP Deal For Steward Healthcare

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday gave Steward Health Care permission to offer a commitment fee to induce a lender to provide it with the financing to see the hospital chain through its Chapter 11 case, while saying the company needs that final commitment soon.

  • June 03, 2024

    WeWork Plan Approval, Crypto Update, Giuliani Creditor Fight

    Office space provider WeWork's plan to wipe out $4 billion in debt and end its Chapter 11 case was approved, defunct crypto lending platform Genesis Global Holdco LLC expects to exit bankruptcy in July and the official committee of unsecured creditors in Rudy Giuliani's Chapter 11 has asked a New York bankruptcy judge to hand control of the Republican firebrand's estate to a trustee.

  • June 03, 2024

    Rite Aid Says Elixir Buyer On Hook For $225M In Liabilities

    Rite Aid alleged the buyer of its prescription benefits subsidiary is trying to dodge $225 million of liabilities that were part of the sale closed in February, and asked a New Jersey bankruptcy judge to find that the stalking-horse bidder agreed to take on the disputed debt as part of their $577 million deal.

  • June 03, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery pushed out tons of decisions last week, along with a second round of new rules and letters of concern over pending changes to the state's corporate law code. The court's docket was as busy as ever, with new cases involving Tesla CEO Elon Musk, FTX cryptocurrency claims, and more. In case you missed it, here's the latest from Delaware's Chancery Court.

  • June 03, 2024

    Nursing Home Co. LaVie Hits Ch. 11 In Ga. With $1.1B Debt

    Nursing home operator LaVie Care Centers LLC hit Chapter 11 on Monday in Georgia with $1.1 billion in debt, saying it has not been able to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 03, 2024

    High Court Won't Hear Arguments On Madoff Clawback Math

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear arguments by an investor in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme for overturning a Second Circuit decision on how to calculate the amount of investor withdrawals that can be clawed back to the Madoff bankruptcy estate.

  • June 03, 2024

    Paul Hastings Adds 11-Partner King & Spalding Finance Team

    Continuing its hiring in the finance and restructuring space, Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that it is bringing on a team of 11 partners from King & Spalding LLP, including the co-head of the global finance and restructuring practice.

  • May 31, 2024

    Girardi Not Famous Like Avenatti, Feds Say In Panning Jury Form

    Prosecutors pushed back Friday on Tom Girardi's request to ask prospective jurors in his California federal fraud trial if they have seen his wife's television show or reports about his law firm's scandal, saying Girardi's fame is not similar to convicted attorney Michael Avenatti's, whose case included a written juror questionnaire.

  • May 31, 2024

    Clothing Retailer Express Delays Speedy Ch. 11 Auction

    Clothing retailer Express Inc. said Friday that it will delay a Chapter 11 auction it was hoping to host next week after a Delaware bankruptcy judge said she couldn't sign off on a speedy auction timeline or give final approval to the company's connected debtor-in-possession package until she saw more evidence to back them up.

  • May 31, 2024

    Jilted FTX Claim Buyer Sues Crypto Trader In Chancery

    An affiliate of Connecticut hedge fund Silver Point Capital has sued a crypto trading firm and a buyer of FTX bankruptcy claims in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging that they breached a sale agreement for "a highly unique and lucrative customer claim" with a face value of $10 million in the FTX bankruptcy case.

  • May 31, 2024

    Byju's Seeks $10K Sanctions For Ex-Exec Found In Contempt

    The bankrupt U.S. affiliate of Indian education tech giant Byju's told a Delaware judge that a former executive should face $10,000 in daily sanctions until he shares information about the location of $533 million in debtor funds.

  • May 31, 2024

    Beasley Allen Wants J&J Subpoenas Nixed Amid Ethics Fight

    The Beasley Allen Law Firm and a plaintiff steering committee in the Johnson & Johnson talc litigation blasted subpoenas directed at the firm and others aimed at turning up evidence of an alleged scheme to muster opposition to J&J's latest $6.5 billion bankruptcy plan.

  • May 31, 2024

    Spencer Fane Adds Minneapolis Bankruptcy Partner

    Spencer Fane LLP has added a bankruptcy partner from Stinson LLP to its Minneapolis office.

  • May 31, 2024

    WeWork's Winding Road Through Bankruptcy Court

    Office space provider WeWork won approval for its $4 billion Chapter 11 reorganization plan Thursday, overcoming opposition from landlords, unsecured creditors and its own founder to emerge debt-free under new equity ownership. 

  • May 31, 2024

    Disbarring Giuliani Would 'Protect The Public,' DC Panel Says

    A Washington, D.C., attorney ethics panel agreed Friday that Rudy Giuliani's role in former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn Pennsylvania's presidential election in 2020 amounted to misconduct "of the utmost seriousness," and that disbarring him would "protect the public, the courts, and the integrity of the legal profession."

  • May 30, 2024

    5 Facts To Know As Alex Jones' Ch. 11 Reckoning Approaches

    Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his media company Free Speech Systems will be seeking approval of their respective Chapter 11 plans in mid-June, and the Texas judge overseeing the proceedings has said the cases could also face conversion to Chapter 7 liquidation or outright dismissal.

Expert Analysis

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Rockport Ch. 11 Highlights Global Settlement Considerations

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    A Delaware bankruptcy court’s recent rejection of Rockport’s proposed settlement serves as a reminder that there is a risk that a global settlement executed outside of a plan may be rejected as a sub rosa plan, but shouldn’t dissuade parties from seeking relief when applicable case law supports approval, says Kyle Arendsen at Squire Patton.

  • How Purdue High Court Case Will Shape Ch. 11 Mass Injury

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent arguments in Harrington v. Purdue Pharma, addressing the authority of bankruptcy courts to approve nonconsensual third-party releases in Chapter 11 settlement plans, highlight the case's wide-ranging implications for how mass injury cases get resolved in bankruptcy proceedings, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • How Cannabis Cos. Are Adapting In Shifting Bankruptcy Arena

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    Recent bankruptcy cases show that federal courts have begun to demonstrate more openness to downstream businesses in the cannabis industry, and that even though receivership can be a viable option for those denied access to the bankruptcy system, it is not without its own risks and complexities, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Pa. City Ch. 9 Ruling Raises Municipal Financing Concerns

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    A Pennsylvania district court’s recent ruling in a Chapter 9 case filed by the city of Chester, Pennsylvania, strengthens the foundations of the municipal bond market, but also demonstrates that bankruptcy courts continue to struggle with some of the features of municipal revenue bonds and issue rulings that contradict market expectations, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Pa. Ruling Shows Why Term Sheet Can Be Worth The Wait

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    A Pennsylvania bankruptcy court’s recent In re: Legarde ruling, holding that a settlement term sheet was enforceable, reminds litigants that it’s crucial to draft a written agreement before leaving mediation in order to resolve potential evidentiary issues and protect against buyer’s remorse, says Brian Shaw at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Asserting 'Presence-Of-Counsel' Defense In Securities Trials

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    As illustrated by the fraud trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, defense attorneys in securities trials might consider arguing that counsel had some involvement in the conduct at issue — if the more formal advice-of-counsel defense is unavailable and circumstances allow for a privilege waiver, say Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Crypto Has Democratized Trading In Bankruptcy Claims

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    Following the pandemic, there has been a wave of cryptocurrency bankruptcies and a related increase in access to information, allowing nontraditional bankruptcy investors to purchase claims and democratizing a once closed segment of alternative investing, says Joseph Sarachek at Strategic Liquidity.

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