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In a recent decision, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York held that claim disallowance issues under Section 502(d) of the Bankruptcy Code “travel with” the claim, and not with the claimant. Declining to follow a published district court decision from the same federal district, the bankruptcy court found that section 502(d) applies to disallow a transferred claim regardless of whether the transferee acquired its claim through an assignment or an outright sale. See, In re Firestar Diamond, 615 B.R. 161 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2020).
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By Marisa L. Byram
While commercial leases and the force majeure clauses contained in such leases vary widely, a recent decision from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois may provide guidance to parties and help them to resolve similar disputes without resorting to the courts.
By Dana Delman and John Vukmanovic
In attempts to alleviate the impact of job losses and business disruption due to COVID-19, state and local governments have passed emergency orders and regulations temporarily prohibiting evictions and extending deadlines to pay rent, among other restrictions. When those restrictions are lifted, there is no guarantee that they will have done more than delay the inevitable: eviction and bankruptcy.
By Francis J. Lawall and Marcy J. McLaughlin Smith
Under the Bankruptcy Code, not only can the initial recipient of a fraudulent conveyance be held liable, but so too can a subsequent transferee. However, there can be important nuances in the challenged transaction that may provide a subsequent transferee with a substantial defense.
By P.J. D’Annunzio
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled in a precedential decision that in cases where a trustee has abandoned a bankrupt entity, a creditor can nevertheless sue those who “plunder” a near-insolvent company of its remaining assets.