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In In re Tempnology, the First Circuit held that the debtor’s rejection of a trademark license strips the nondebtor licensee of any right to continue to use the trademarks. In so doing, the court takes the same approach as the Fourth Circuit and rejects the approaches advocated by the Third and Seventh Circuits.
In In re Tempnology, LLC, 879 F.3d 389 (1st Cir. 2018), the First Circuit held (in a 2-1 decision) that the debtor’s rejection of a trademark license strips the nondebtor licensee of any right to continue to use the trademarks. In so doing, the court takes the same approach as the Fourth Circuit in its controversial Lubrizol decision and rejects the approaches advocated by Judge Ambro of the Third Circuit in his Exide concurrence and the Seventh Circuit in its Sunbeam decision. Tempnology thus deepens the circuit split between the Fourth and Seventh Circuits over this issue, and highlights the general confusion that still remains 40 years after enactment of the present Bankruptcy Code over the effect of rejection.
By Jacob H. Marshall
How Lenders and Debtors can Minimize UST Fees and Maximize Creditor Recoveries
As predicted in the first part of this article (May, 2018), the new United States Trustee (UST) fee has had a disproportionate effect on middle-market, high-velocity cash flow companies. The best solution is for Congress to revisit the fee structure and refine it to reflect the realities of particular cases and the actual burden on the UST.
By Michael L. Cook
A defendant creditor in a preference suit may offset 1) the amount of later “new value” it sold to the Chapter 11 debtor against 2) the debtor’s earlier preferential payment to the creditor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held.
By Daniel A. Lev
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
The ability of a debtor to reject a restrictive covenant under Section 365 or to sell free and clear of a covenant under Section 363(f) is limited and the obstacles are difficult to surmount. A possible solution, however, may surface if a debtor can demonstrate a change of circumstances under state law.
By Tom McParland
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Sept. 13 upheld a Delaware Bankruptcy Court’s decision to block a Florida-based energy company from collecting a $275 million merger termination fee against the bankruptcy estates of Energy Future Holdings Corp. and a subsidiary.