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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

90 Second Lessons: Working for a Struggling Business: Can this Car Be Turned Around?

Editor’s Note: this is part of our irregular series in which we answer readers’ questions. If you have a question, submit it to [email protected] and we will try to answer it. Question Howard S. writes, I work for a company that is struggling and I’ve been offered a position at a competitor. I’d like to stay, but […]


90 Second Lessons: Nothing in Life is Certain but Death and Taxes: Cancellation of Debt Income

Editor’s Note: this is part of our irregular series in which we answer readers’ questions. If you have a question, submit it to [email protected] and we will try to answer it. Question Robin T. wrote in asking, I own a small retail chain that has been struggling. I hired a lawyer to negotiate with my creditors, and […]


90 Second Lessons: The Mindset of a Real Estate Workout Lender

Editor’s Note: this is part of our irregular series in which we answer readers’ questions. If you have a question, submit it to [email protected] and we will try to answer it. Question Russell S. wrote in asking, “I have a real estate portfolio that consists of several commercial buildings, and my loans are badly in default. My […]


Bankruptcy venue

What is Venue, and When Is Venue Transfer Permissible in Bankruptcy Litigation?

A Panel Discussion on the Choice and Challenges of Bankruptcy Venue and Venue Transfers In bankruptcy litigation, the venue can have a major influence on an outcome. We selected expert panel members—each a partner or managing director in the restructuring industry—to discuss why venue fights occur and how business owners (and their advisors) should approach […]


Law firm

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. government […]


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 […]


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