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In U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. Village at Lakeridge, LLC, 200 L.Ed.2d 218 (U.S. 2018), the U.S. Supreme Court laid out the standard of review for appellate courts to apply when reviewing a bankruptcy court’s determination of a “mixed question” of law and fact. No doubt the decision provides valuable guidance for the lower courts and practitioners, but resolution of this technical procedural issue has garnered little excitement: as one commentator put it, the majority opinion authored by Justice Kagan represents “the smallest change in the law of any opinion the Supreme Court hand[ed] down this year.” Ronald Mann, Opinion Analysis: Justices Approve Deferential Review of Bankruptcy-Court Determinations on “Insider” Status, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 5, 2018, 4:34 PM).
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By Jonathan P. Friedland, Mark Melickian & Hajar Jouglaf
A large number of reported decisions interpreting Sub V have mostly addressed the eligibility threshold for a debtor to proceed under the new law. And legitimate questions will continue to present themselves. Such is the nature of most new (and even not-so-new) statutes.
By Alison D. Bauer
At present, there remains no avenue for Chapter 11 debtors to receive PPP Loans during the course of the bankruptcy case. The limitation on PPP availability notwithstanding, other legislative changes have greatly enhanced the eligibility for and efficacy of bankruptcy relief for many small businesses.
By Wendy Johnson Lario, Alan Brody and Scott Humphreys
This article addresses some of the relevant employment laws and litigation vulnerabilities that companies, including their owners, officers and directors, should consider before ceasing operations or filing for bankruptcy.
By Melissa Davis and Grace E. Robson
This article focuses on the basics of fraudulent transfer claims and solvency analysis in the context of lawsuits where a plaintiff is seeking to recover payments made prior to the bankruptcy case being commenced, sometimes referred to as “claw back” litigation.