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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 on August 14, 2018. In re Murray, 2018 WL 3848316, 7 (2d Cir. Aug. 14, 2018). In its view, the bankruptcy court “declined to serve as a ‘rented battle field’ or ‘collection agency’” for a single creditor. Id., at 7. The bankruptcy court had stressed that “bankruptcy is not a judgment enforcement device.” In re Murray, 543 B.R. 484, 494 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2016).
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.
By Howard C. Rubin and Deirdre M. Richards
When Entities May Not Have a Filing Choice and How Creditors Are Impacted
This article explores the difficulties some entities have encountered in filing bankruptcies and how one organization used extraordinary civil remedies in an attempt to accomplish what reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code would have provided.
By Adam L. Rosen
As widely reported, the downfall of Sears was a slow-motion train wreck. Despite its unique size and complexity, however, some of the strategies and techniques used by the stakeholders in Sears can be applied in cases of any size.
By Adam C. Rogoff
In today’s global economy, companies often have multiple business lines operating through separate entities. Outside of bankruptcy, these affiliated operations sometimes transact in a holistic — albeit legally distinct — debtor-creditor relationship with their counterparty. But, as this article discusses, the legal separateness of affiliates can hinder economic protections that a creditor might have otherwise when its counterparty files for bankruptcy.