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It has been nearly two years since the Supreme Court upended the world of the Bankruptcy Code securities safe harbor with its decision in Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc., 583 U. S. ____, 138 S.Ct. 883, 200 L.Ed. 2d 183 (2018). For all of the speculation regarding its consequences, there have been few subsequent lower court decisions applying Merit Management, and the courts of appeal have yet to make rulings in the pending cases dealing with some of the major safe harbor issues. However, those cases provide valuable guidance to practitioners facing safe harbor litigation as well as transactional lawyers looking to take advantage of safe harbor protections.
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By Jeffery Lula
In today’s volatile economic climate, companies need to be more creative to find ways to mitigate risk. Litigation finance is one of those out-of-the-box solutions that can provide benefits.
By Michael L. Cook
The Second Circuit, on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, further remanded to the district court the key issue of whether the Chapter 11 debtor gave “adequate assurance of future performance of” a commercial real property shopping center lease “as required by [Bankruptcy Code] §365(b)(3)(A),” after the debtor’s assignment of its lease.
By Lawrence J. Kotler and Ryan Spengler
While this case does not fully open the courthouse doors to cannabis-related businesses and seemingly grants the bankruptcy courts a great deal of discretion when ruling on similar cases in the future, cannabis-related businesses may now have a roadmap to pursue reorganization.
By Francis J. Lawall and Brenden S. Dahrouge
In upholding the bankruptcy court’s determination that the payment of insurance proceeds could be such a transfer, the Fifth Circuit underscored the complex interplay between state law, bankruptcy law and the rights of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.