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Nearly two decades ago, a dispute between J. Alix & Associates and the Executive Office of the United States Trustee (EOUST) over J. Alix’s proposed role in two turn-of-the-century restructuring cases (Harnischfeger Industries, Inc. and Safety-Kleen Corp.) led to détente, and a procedure that has generally governed the employment of chief restructuring officers (CRO) in bankruptcy cases since that time.
By Michael L. Cook
A bankruptcy court properly dismissed a creditor’s involuntary bankruptcy petition “for cause” when it “would serve none of the Bankruptcy Code’s goals or purposes … and [when] the sole [petitioning] creditor is not substantially prejudiced by remedies available under state law,” held the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in In re Murray.
By John A. Thomson, Jr.
The Supreme Court’s decision in Lamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLP v. Appling has significantly constricted the range and nature of statements that will support a successful objection by a creditor to the discharge of a debt that was obtained by the statements in question. This constriction could have a very real impact on how entities that loan money or provide services on credit review and collect information regarding a borrower’s creditworthiness.
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.