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Law Firm Bankruptcies: The “Unfinished Business” Doctrine and the Jewel Waiver

The Finishing of the “Unfinished Business” Doctrine and the Jewel Waiver One of the interesting aspects of business bankruptcy cases is that both the businesses and the issues their bankruptcy proceedings present can differ so much. In recent years, for example, we have seen department stores (Macy’s, Federated), toy retailers (Toys R Us), bookstore chains […]


Consolidated Appropriations Act

What Distressed Businesses and Their Counsel Should Know About the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 and Its Effect on the Bankruptcy Code

What is the Consolidated Appropriations Act? Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 on December 21, 2020, and President Trump signed the massive act into law six days later, when it became effective. The act includes several changes to title 11 of the United States Code, which is usually called the “Bankruptcy Code,” and most […]


Lender liability and overreach

Lender Liability Claims are Alive and Well: A Case Study

Lender Liability Law Protects Distressed Borrowers from Unfair Practices The relationship between a lender and borrower can be complex. The borrower wants capital to run and grow its business, and the lenders want to earn a return and eventually get their principal back. If the borrower complies with the terms of the loan, all is […]


Bankruptcy Filings Mounting

“Bankruptcy filings are mounting. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg” – – – A Dissection & Analysis

[Editor’s Note: This is a republished article. The original article was published on LinkedIn on September 20, 2020.]   There has been a significant uptick in the number of articles appearing in mainstream media (e.g. newspapers) about the wave of bankruptcies that has already started to appear. One article (linked here), authored by Matt Egan […]


Discharging student loan debt in bankruptcy

How to Discharge Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy – Yes, It’s Possible!

The Complexity of Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy… Demystified   Student loan debt has hit a record $1.6 trillion. This number is staggering on its own, but as millions of Americans lose their jobs and source of income during the COVID-19 pandemic, student loan borrowers have to look at their options for repayment.  The U.S. […]


Attorney-client communication is not always secret in bankruptcy

Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege is in the Hands of the Bankruptcy Trustee

When is Your Company’s Attorney-Client Communication No Longer a Secret?   Imagine if every secret and strategy that you had ever shared with your attorney were laid open for the world to see. A trustee in a business bankruptcy case may well have the power to review, publish, and wield all of the debtor’s attorney-client […]


Collected money over time

Bankruptcy Considerations in a Collections Action

A Summary of Consumer Bankruptcy for Collecting Creditors Understanding what can occur during a collection action can be vital in determining which accounts to pursue. One common occurrence is that the debtor files for bankruptcy. So, what exactly is bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a procedure that allows debtors to reorganize their debts and potentially liquidate certain […]


A candle glowing in the dark, symbolizing investors dealing with corporate distress

Dealing with Corporate Distress 01: Hello Darkness, Our Dear Friend

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency Greetings, dear reader: It seems you’re interested in learning how to deal with corporate distress, and we’re glad you’re here. But let’s first make sure you got on the right plane. Maybe you . . . Are a C-suite executive of a business […]


90 Second Lesson: If I File a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Are the Assets of My Single-Member LLC Safe From the Trustee?

QUESTION: A small business owner emailed us, on behalf of a friend, to ask whether assets in a single-member LLC could be used by a Chapter 7 Trustee in the LLC member’s personal bankruptcy case to satisfy creditors’ claims against the member. ANSWER: We can imagine this question arising where the member’s business is owned […]


Ponzi Scheme Lender May Be On The Hook, After All!

The Skinny The Sixth Circuit recently revived a trustee’s $17 million avoidance and claw-back suit against a lender, finding that the lender’s existing security interests could have been extinguished via novation. Impact: secured lenders entering into amended and restated loan documents should adopt definitive and irrefutable language demonstrating that the parties do NOT intend for the new […]


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