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A bankruptcy court properly denied a bank’s motion to compel arbitration of a debtor’s asserted violation of the court’s discharge injunction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held on March 7, 2018. In re Anderson, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 5703, 20 (2d Cir. Mar. 7, 2018). Finding a purported “inherent conflict between arbitration of [the debtor’s] claim and the Bankruptcy Code,” the Second Circuit reasoned that the bankruptcy court “properly considered the conflicting policies in accordance with law.” Id., quoting In re United States Lines, Inc., 197 F.3d 631, 641 (2d Cir. 1999).
By Joseph P. Briggett
When a creditor obtains a judgment against a debtor, the debtor’s assets are sometimes held in membership interests in an LLC, which presents challenges for the creditor seeking recovery. The Uniform LLC Law provided for a charging order in such instances. Although the precise terms of each state’s LLC laws vary, some version of the charging order procedure is available in all states.
By Dan T. Moss and Mark G. Douglas
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently ruled that choice of law and venue selection provisions in a contract between a U.S. creditor and Italian debtor did not trump the debt restructuring plan approved by an Italian bankruptcy court.
By Jacob H. Marshall and Randall Klein
As of Jan. 1, 2018, each jointly administered debtor with quarterly disbursements of at least $1,000,000 must pay a fee of 1% of all disbursements, up to $250,000 per quarter. Although this change in the law was only intended to address shortfalls in UST funding, it has taken a little-noticed component of bankruptcy and magnified it into a ticking tax-bomb for unsuspecting debtors and their lenders.
By Adam H. Friedman, Jonathan T. Koevary and Lauren B. Irby
In a case of first impression at the circuit level, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that section 1129(a)(10) of the Bankruptcy Code — which requires a favorable vote of at least one impaired class of creditors in order to confirm a Chapter 11 plan — applies on a “per-plan” basis, rather than a “per-debtor” basis.