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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.
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. See, Katy Stech Ferek, Companies Grapple with Rise in Bankruptcy Fees, Wall St. J. Sept. 6, 2018. In fact, several debtors and cases have already been disrupted by the abrupt change in the UST fee schedule, with one debtor being forced to relinquish control of its business to a Chapter 11 trustee after it couldn’t pay the increased fee (which was accruing at a faster pace than the interest on the debtor’s DIP loan). See, Order Directing Appointment of Trustee, In re Peninsular Airways, Inc., Case No. 17-00282, Docket No. 409.
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.
By Jeff J. Friedman
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently provided additional guidance to creditors seeking to block confirmation of a plan by…