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Earlier this year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit explored the application of the equitable lien doctrine after a secured equipment lender sought to recover directly from its borrower’s insurance company once the borrower filed a Voluntary Petition under Chapter 11. The court affirmed the district court’s denial of relief to the lender. This reinforces the importance that a secured lender protect itself when entering a transaction with a borrower or lessee to avoid a total loss if the borrower or lessee files a bankruptcy petition or if the leased equipment is damaged, missing or both.
By Michael L. Cook
“A … transferee [who] received fraudulent transfers with actual knowledge or inquiry notice of fraud or insolvency” loses any “good faith” defense available under the Texas version of the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (TUFTA), held the Fifth Circuit in Janvey v. GMAG, LLC
By Matthew Gold
It has been nearly two years since the Supreme Court upended the world of the Bankruptcy Code securities safe harbor with its decision in Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc.. For all of the speculation regarding its consequences, there have been few subsequent lower court decisions applying Merit Management, however those cases provide valuable guidance to practitioners facing safe harbor litigation as well as transactional lawyers looking to take advantage of safe harbor protections.
By Albena Petrakov
With the recent carnage in the retail industry, a lot of attention goes to the fate of landlords when their tenants seek bankruptcy protection. A recent case that brings balance is Revel AC Inc. v. IDEA Boardwalk, LLC.
By Paul A. Rubin and Hanh V. Huynh
Employees of a troubled company who stay on as consultants to assist in liquidating its assets or preparing the company for a bankruptcy filing may later be disappointed to face claims to claw back their prepetition compensation.