Mid Cap

  • June 05, 2024

    Messy Breakup Left Romance Writers Group Bankrupt

    The Romance Writers of America's messy breakup with its membership — which began with an explosive fight over social media posts about racism — came to an unhappy end in a Texas bankruptcy court last week as the group sought to deal with hotel bills it can no longer pay.

  • June 05, 2024

    Ex-Sacks Weston Atty Blames 'Toxic' Firm For His Theft

    A Philadelphia attorney convicted of defrauding his former law firm told a state ethics panel Wednesday that he was remorseful for his deeds, but he noted he was driven to his crime by being owed money by his firm for too long.

  • June 05, 2024

    'Creditor-On-Creditor Violence' Gets Big Test In ConvergeOne

    Creditor infighting made famous by the bankruptcy case of Serta Simmons Bedding and a "drop down" deal by J. Crew is facing another legal test, as spurned ConvergeOne lenders battle breakaway members of their creditor class at a moment when bankruptcy judges appear split on questions of "creditor-on-creditor violence."

  • June 05, 2024

    'Le Penthouse' Owner Files For Ch. 11 With $66M In Debt

    The owner of "Le Penthouse," known as one of the most expensive New York City condominiums, filed for Chapter 11 protection in Manhattan bankruptcy court with $66.5 million in debt and a plan to sell off its properties including the penthouse.

  • June 05, 2024

    Fish Taco Chain Rubio's Files 2nd Bankruptcy In 4 Years

    The California-based fish taco-focused chain Rubio's Coastal Grill filed its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in four years on Wednesday in Delaware, saying it had between $100 million and $500 million of liabilities and plans for an asset sale.

  • June 04, 2024

    Regions Bank Escapes Ex-Ruby Tuesday Execs' Benefits Suit

    A Tennessee federal judge threw out a lawsuit lodged by former Ruby Tuesday managers alleging Regions Bank caused them to lose out on more than $35 million by inadequately protecting their pensions and breaching its duties as trustee, saying the retirement plans in question are exempt from federal benefits law.

  • June 04, 2024

    Cloud Tech Co. CalAmp Eyes July Approval For Prepack Plan

    California-based cloud technology developer CalAmp Corp. hopes to confirm its prepackaged Chapter 11 plan by the middle of July, its attorneys told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday.

  • June 04, 2024

    Rounding Up This Week's 4 New Midcap Bankruptcies, So Far

    Delaware's bankruptcy court has fielded a quartet of new midcap bankruptcy cases this week across a diverse range of industries from cloud technology company CalAmp Corp. to a solar energy provider and an agricultural services firm aimed at extending the shelf life of fresh produce.

  • June 04, 2024

    DMK Pharma Sues Drug Co. It Claims Helped Drive It To Ch. 11

    Drug developer DMK Pharmaceuticals has asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to award it $328.7 million from pharmaceutical company US WorldMeds LLC, saying USWM didn't properly market an opioid-overdose intervention product, resulting in slow sales and driving DMK to Chapter 11.

  • June 04, 2024

    Casa Systems Gets OK On $45.1M Cable Sale, Ch. 11 Plan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved communications equipment company Casa Systems Inc.'s $45.1 million sale of its cable assets and Chapter 11 plan, enabling the debtor to complete a wind-down process and end its bankruptcy case.

  • 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

    Icon Aircraft Gets OK For Creditor Vote On Ch. 11 Plan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has given Icon Aircraft permission to send its Chapter 11 plan out for a creditor vote after the light-aircraft maker said objecting shareholders have agreed to save their arguments against the plan until after the vote.

  • June 03, 2024

    Solar Energy Co. Files Ch. 11 After Executive Shuffle

    Vermont-based solar energy firm iSun Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday in Delaware bankruptcy court weeks after announcing the replacement of its chief executive officer and chief financial officer.

  • 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

    4 Mass. Rulings You Might Have Missed In May

    Massachusetts state court judges rejected a law firm's effort to fight malpractice claims by pointing the finger at a Rhode Island judge, and ruled that an online booking platform can boot the owner of Bali vacation villas from its site, among other under-the-radar decisions handed down in May.

  • 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

    Herrick Feinstein Guides Hotel From Lease Suit To $177M Sale

    What began as a simple commercial lease action tied to a swanky hotel in New York City morphed into a complex adversary proceeding, which a Herrick Feinstein LLP team recently brought to a close, paving the way for the property's $177 million sale to EOS Hospitality.

  • 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

    Common Co-Living Company Files For Ch. 7 Liquidation

    The co-living company Common, which aimed to modernize apartment rentals and merged with Germany's venture backed Habyt in January 2023, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in Delaware, listing between $10 million and $50 million of liabilities.

  • June 03, 2024

    Cloud Tech Co. CalAmp Hits Ch. 11 For Debt Equity Swap

    California-based cloud technology developer CalAmp Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying it entered a restructuring deal with lender Lynrock Lake Master Fund LP that would swap approximately $229 million of secured notes into equity interests in the reorganized business.

  • 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

    9th Circ. Affirms Toss Of Health Center's $8M Cigna Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday declined to revive a suit from a holding company for a drug and alcohol treatment center claiming Cigna forced it into bankruptcy by not paying more than $8 million in authorized claims, finding the health insurer did not abuse its discretion in denying the payments.

  • May 31, 2024

    Takeoff Technologies Seeks Customer Funds For Ch. 11 Case

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge told Takeoff Technologies on Friday that he was prepared to approve $9.6 million in Chapter 11 financing from customers trying to avoid losing support for the company's grocery inventory automation software.

Expert Analysis

  • Bankruptcy Must Be On The Table As A Student Loan Solution

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    Amid the ongoing discourse on student loan forgiveness, borrowers must have a deeper understanding of U.S. Departments of Justice and Education guidance regarding how the government will agree to discharge loans in bankruptcy, or miss a life-changing opportunity currently available to regain control over their financial condition, say Jonathan Carson and Eric Kurtzman at Stretto.

  • 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.

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