Mid Cap

  • June 10, 2024

    Fish Taco Chain Rubio's Can Tap $4.5M Ch. 11 Loan

    Rubio's Coastal Grill received a Delaware bankruptcy judge's initial approval on Monday to borrow $4.5 million in Chapter 11 financing, starting the California-based fish taco chain on a road it hopes will lead to a sale of the debtor's remaining assets by the first week of August.

  • June 10, 2024

    Amid FBI Probe, Troubled Law Firm Gets Fees Win At 5th Circ.

    An embattled Texas law firm has won another shot to secure fees for its work on hurricane-related cases in Louisiana, the Fifth Circuit ruled, one day after the FBI revealed it was investigating the firm over its client solicitation practices.

  • June 10, 2024

    Paul Hastings Restructuring Pro Rejoins Arnold & Porter

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP announced on Monday the hiring of a former Paul Hastings LLP of counsel as a partner in its bankruptcy and restructuring practice out of Chicago.

  • June 10, 2024

    New 'Access DOJ' Aims To Nix Barriers, Boost Accessibility

    The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the launch of an initiative to improve access to its programs and services, including an upcoming project to make it easier to report tips about crime or other violations of law.

  • June 10, 2024

    Pharmacy Biz Files Ch. 11 With More Than $235M In Debt

    Illinois-based specialty pharmacy Optio Rx has filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court with more than $235 million in debt and an agreement with creditors for a partial debt-for-equity swap.

  • June 07, 2024

    11th Circ. Urged To Undo Exclusion Of $80M Asset Valuation

    A trustee for creditors of ATIF Inc. told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday that a trial judge erred in excluding an expert's $80 million valuation of the bankrupt title insurance underwriter's 2015 transfer of assets to Old Republic National Title Insurance Co.

  • June 07, 2024

    Brewery Wants Extra Damages For Co-Owner's 'Brazen' Theft

    A Colorado brewery accusing a former manager of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars has asked a state court for permission to seek exemplary damages, saying there's plenty of evidence the former manager willfully stole the money for himself and competing businesses he had a stake in.

  • June 07, 2024

    Allegiance Can Pay Professional Fees Over Creditor Objection

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge said Friday that bankrupt mining operation Allegiance Coal USA can begin to pay approximately $5.7 million in professional fees using cash left in its estate after its Chapter 11 reorganization bid flopped. 

  • June 07, 2024

    'Deceit On Deceit': 7th Circ. OKs Atty's Asset-Hiding Sentence

    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Chicago-area lawyer's three-year sentence for hiding over $350,000 in her brother's bankruptcy, finding two sentence enhancements were properly applied since she "layered deceit upon deceit" to try to conceal assets and cover her tracks.

  • June 07, 2024

    Judge Agrees To DQ Houston Firm In Fight Over MMA Law

    A Texas bankruptcy judge sided with troubled Houston firm MMA Law and agreed this week that another Houston firm, Okin Adams Bartlett Curry LLP, had received confidential information from MMA Law and should be disqualified from representing its creditors.

  • June 07, 2024

    Acorda Therapeutics Gets OK On $185M Ch. 11 Sale To Merz

    Drugmaker Acorda Therapeutics Inc. received a New York bankruptcy judge's approval Friday to complete a $185 million sale of its assets to a fellow pharmaceutical company, allowing Acorda to move ahead with a Chapter 11 plan to wind down its business.

  • June 07, 2024

    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices issued three opinions this week, including a split one over the government's responsibility for Native American healthcare costs, and unanimous rulings about who has standing to challenge a bankruptcy plan and whether stock redemptions should be treated as liabilities when calculating estate tax. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • June 07, 2024

    Meet The Attorneys In Rubio's Coastal Grill's Ch. 11

    A team of lawyers with experience in asset sales and restaurants from Raines Feldman Littrell LLP and Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP is helping steer fish taco chain Rubio's Coastal Grill, founded in San Diego in 1983, through its second Chapter 11 case in four years.

  • June 07, 2024

    Patent Firm Seeks To Ax Claim Over £1.5M Settlement Advice

    Patent solicitors Atkinson Wheller Ltd. asked a court Friday to throw out a negligence claim brought on behalf of a former client, because the deed transferring the claim to a law firm was "void and unenforceable."

  • June 06, 2024

    'Any Judge' Should Have DQ'd In Romance Case, Attys Told

    A Texas federal judge was adamant Thursday that a former bankruptcy judge should have recused himself from an engineering company's Chapter 11 proceeding because of his relationship with a then-Jackson Walker LLP partner, but seemed torn over whether a lawsuit from a former shareholder over the secret relationship had a leg to stand on.

  • June 06, 2024

    Justices' Standing Ruling May Embolden Carriers In Ch. 11

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that an insurer with a responsibility for its policyholder's Chapter 11 bankruptcy claims can intervene in those bankruptcy proceedings, potentially giving insurers greater leverage in reorganization negotiations and likely causing an influx of insurer objections in bankruptcy court, experts tell Law360.

  • June 06, 2024

    NRA Can't Undo $6.4M Misconduct Verdict In NY AG Case

    A New York judge on Thursday rejected a request by the National Rifle Association and its longtime executives to set aside a jury's $6.4 million verdict that found they misspent charitable funds, saying Attorney General Letitia James provided sufficient evidence for the jurors to rule in her favor.

  • June 06, 2024

    US Trustee Rolls Out New Rules For Banking In Bankruptcy

    The U.S. Trustee's Office announced Thursday the watchdog revised its procedures for financial institutions that hold bankrupt companies' funds, noting the changes were made in response to turmoil in the banking sector last year that jeopardized money some debtors needed to support their cases.

  • June 06, 2024

    Ambri Creditors Ask Judge To Nix DIP, Ch. 11 Bid Plans

    Ambri Inc.'s unsecured creditors asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to deny the company's proposed funding package and asset sale plan and undo a $3.75 million debt rollup, saying the requests amount to a secret scheme to hand assets to insiders who hold equity in the battery business.

  • June 06, 2024

    Alex Jones Abandons Ch. 11 Reorg Plan, Moves To Liquidate

    Right-wing radio host Alex Jones asked a Texas bankruptcy court to convert his bankruptcy case to a Chapter 7 liquidation, abandoning his proposed plan to reorganize his personal debts in the face of more than $1 billion in defamation claims from the families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims.

  • June 06, 2024

    Insurance Litigation Week In Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court allowed an insurer to intervene in policyholder bankruptcy proceedings, Liberty Mutual requested that a policyholder-judge be removed from a construction accident coverage dispute, and a Markel unit is attempting to skirt a $77.7 million auto accident judgment. Here, Law360 takes a look at the past week's top insurance news.

  • June 06, 2024

    Meet The Attys In Cloud Tech Co. CalAmp's Prepack Ch. 11

    A team of attorneys from Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP is representing California-based cloud technology developer CalAmp Corp. as it moves towards a prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization through a debt-equity swap.

  • June 06, 2024

    In Reversal, Justices Say Insurer Has Standing In Ch. 11 Case

    Truck Insurance Exchange can intervene in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of two manufacturing companies facing numerous asbestos injury claims, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in a reversal of the Fourth Circuit, finding Truck qualifies as a "party in interest" under the Bankruptcy Code.

  • June 05, 2024

    Solar Energy Co. iSun Gets Green Light For $4M DIP Package

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved solar energy firm iSun's $4 million debtor-in-possession funding package on an interim basis over an objection from the U.S. trustee, saying the company's precarious situation when it began negotiating its bankruptcy arrangement made an unusual roll-up provision palatable.

  • June 05, 2024

    Sam Ash Approved For Ch. 11 Sale Process With Baseline Bid

    Bankrupt music store chain Sam Ash Music Corp. received approval Wednesday from a New Jersey bankruptcy judge for procedures governing its Chapter 11 asset sale process after negotiating concessions with its lenders, the official committee of unsecured creditors and the U.S. Trustee's Office.

Expert Analysis

  • Cannabis Ruling Lights Path For Bankruptcy Protection

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    A recent Massachusetts bankruptcy appellate court ruling in Blumsack v. Harrington leaves the door open for those employed in the cannabis industry to seek bankruptcy relief where certain conditions are met, but rescheduling marijuana as a Schedule III drug may complicate matters, say Jane Haviland and Kathryn Droumbakis at Mintz.

  • What Bankruptcy Deadline Appeal May Mean For Claimants

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    If the Third Circuit reverses a recent appeal made in In re: Promise Healthcare, litigation claimants within the circuit will not be able to rely on the proof of claim process to preserve the claim — but if the court affirms, the U.S. Supreme Court may need to step in to resolve the circuit split on this issue, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Conn. Bankruptcy Ruling Furthers Limitation Extension Split

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    A recent Connecticut bankruptcy court decision further solidifies a split of authority on whether Bankruptcy Rule 9006(b) may be used to extend the limitations period, meaning practitioners seeking to extend should serve the motion on all applicable parties and, where possible, rely on the doctrine of equitable tolling, says Shane Ramsey at Nelson Mullins.

  • A 5th Circ. Lesson On Preserving Indemnification Rights

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    The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Raymond James & Associates v. Jalbert offers an important lesson for creditors and parties to indemnification agreements: If a debtor has indemnified a creditor, the creditor should consider participating in the bankruptcy case to avoid being deemed to have forfeited its indemnification rights, say Dania Slim and Alana Lyman at Pillsbury.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Del. Ruling Shows Tension Between 363 Sale And Labor Law

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    The Delaware federal court's ruling in the Braeburn Alloy Steel case highlights the often overlooked collision between an unstayed order authorizing an asset sale free and clear of successor liability under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and federal labor law imposing successor liability on the buyer, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Del. Insurance Co. Liquidation Reveals Recovery Strategies

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    Arrowood's recent liquidation in the Delaware Chancery Court offers a positive development for policyholders and claimants, providing access to guaranty association protections amid the company's demise, say Timothy Law and Ann Kramer at Reed Smith.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Navigating Asset Tracing Challenges In Bankruptcy

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    A Virginia court’s recent ruling in Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc.'s bankruptcy highlights the heightened demand for asset tracing and the strategic use of the lowest intermediate balance rule in recovering funds from commingled accounts, says Daniel Lowenthal at Patterson Belknap.

  • Lender Agreements And Unitranche Facilities: A Fresh Look

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    Unitranche facilities — which offer blended interest rates in a single loan document — are gaining prevalence, and lenders and borrowers should understand their advantages, as well as concerns over the enforceability of a unitranche-style agreement among lenders in bankruptcy, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • What Banks Should Know About FDIC Assessment Rule

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    Max Bonici at Venable answers questions banking organizations may have about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s recent approval of a rule implementing a special assessment on banks to recoup costs associated with protecting uninsured depositors after the bank failures earlier this year, and highlights other considerations for uninsured deposits.

  • Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

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