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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that a debt incurred as a result of a willful and malicious injury may nevertheless be dischargeable notwithstanding the provisions of 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(6). TKC Aerospace v. Muhs (In re Muhs), 923 F.3d 377 (4th Cir. 2019). The court found it to be of no consequence that a debtor’s conduct giving rise to the injury, without more, was shown to be intentional; rather, the debtor must also have intended to cause injury to the creditor. In so holding, the TKC court has issued guidance to creditors seeking recovery of high-dollar lawsuits; proceedings that oftentimes precipitate bankruptcy filings.
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By Hugh McDonald and Deborah Kovsky-Apap
The COVID-19 pandemic is already leaving its mark on the bankruptcy asset sale landscape. Despite the uncertainty — or even because of it — bankruptcy should still be viewed as a useful tool to effectuate the acquisition of assets. The current situation and anticipated distress across many industries presents opportunities for purchasers to acquire assets on favorable terms.
By Joseph H. Lemkin
With Uncertainty As to When the Pandemic Will Ease, Bankruptcy Courts Do Not Seem to Be a Panacea Leading to Successful Reorganizations or Orderly Liquidations for Troubled Companies
The impact of COVID-19 on efforts of businesses to reorganize or even orderly liquidate in bankruptcy has been swift and devastating
By Samantha Stokes
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By Rudolph J. Di Massa Jr. and Drew S. McGehrin
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