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Bankruptcy Litigation

Acquisition of Claims for Plan Control

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently provided additional guidance to creditors seeking to block confirmation of a plan by…

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently provided additional guidance to creditors seeking to block confirmation of a plan by acquiring claims against the debtor. In Pacific Western Bank, et al. v. Fagerdala USA-Lompoc, Inc. (In re Fagerdala USA-Lompoc, Inc.), 891 F.3d 848 (9th Cir. 2018), the court held that a bankruptcy court may not designate claims under section 1126(e) of the Bankruptcy Code for bad faith simply because a creditor offers to purchase only a subset of available claims to block confirmation of a plan or because blocking confirmation will adversely impact the remaining creditors.

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