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The Bankruptcy Code can be an effective tool for reducing liabilities and enhancing asset value for the benefit of creditors. One of the more important tools is the right not only to assume favorable contracts pursuant to Section 365, but also to reject those that are not. Section 365 allows a debtor to pick and choose those agreements that it believes provide the best opportunity to reorganize or alternatively, sell its assets. However, any agreement subject to assumption or rejection must be executory, i.e., both parties must have material unperformed obligations on the date of the bankruptcy filing.
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By Jack O’Connor
By further expanding access to a streamlined Chapter 11 process, the SBRA will ensure that a wider array of debtors have the ability of reorganizing themselves, when Chapter 11 was previously too cost-prohibitive for such debtors.
By Michael L. Cook
A lender’s state law tort claims against “non-debtor third-parties for tortious interference with a contract” were “not preempted” by “federal bankruptcy law,” held the New York Court of Appeals.
By Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr.
One of the most misunderstood areas of law for non-bankruptcy and bankruptcy attorneys alike is the attorney-client privilege, including the scope of the privilege, who holds it, and when and by whom it can be waived. As is often the case, in bankruptcy, additional complexities arise.
By Richard Levy Jr.
The economic impact of COVID-19-related shutdown orders, and the governmental directives, raise questions of how bankruptcy courts will respond.