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Municipal bankruptcies under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §§ 901-946 (Chapter 9), are rare. These cases are often filed to adjust bonded indebtedness and pension obligations. Congressional authorization for Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities to file for bankruptcy under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) was similarly out of concern for excessive bond debt and pensions.
By Michael L. Cook
“Federal law does not prevent a bona fide shareholder from exercising its right to vote against a bankruptcy petition just because it is also an unsecured creditor,” held the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in In re Franchise Services of North America, Inc. According to the court, applicable Delaware law would not “nullify the shareholder’s right to vote against the bankruptcy petition.”
By Robert J. Stearn, Jr., Cory D. Kandestin and Christopher M. De Lillo
Delaware Bankruptcy Court Protects Communications with Financial Professionals Originating In Delaware
Because state law applies at the time the transaction is negotiated, the parties might assume — reasonably so — that state privilege law will govern communications with their attorneys and financial professionals. But what happens if, years later, a fraudulent transfer plaintiff files suit in federal court and brings claims under federal law? Does state privilege law still apply?
By Tinamarie Feil
This article reviews the detailed service basics of Rule 3017 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and relevant portions of Rule 2002. In addition, it provides some tips on how to save time and money when executing service.
Nineteen states currently allow government agencies to revoke the professional licenses — including law licenses — of student loan defaulters. But that may change.