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As we all expected, cases are being brought and decided on the issue of whether the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental shut down orders trigger force majeure clauses in commercial leases and operate to excuse the performance of commercial tenants. While commercial leases and the force majeure clauses contained in such leases vary widely, the recent decision from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois in In re Hitz Restaurant Group, 616 B.R. 374, 2020 WL 2924523 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2020) may provide guidance to parties and help them to resolve similar disputes without resorting to the courts.
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By Jonathan Friedland and Hajar Jouglaf
Using Subchapter V’s Unlimited Debt Limit & Confirmation Requirements to Eradicate Personal Guarantees
Limitations to Subchapter V suggest that it will be of no use to all but very small companies, but before turning completely away from the topic, there are other considerations in play.
By Francis J. Lawall and Patrick M. Ryan
In 2020, we’ve become all too familiar with the struggles of the gas and oil producers upon which many of our most popular industries rely. The resultant surge in restructuring activities, including Chapter 11 proceedings, among gas and oil producers is the highest in years.
By Charles M. Tatelbaum, Christina V. Paradowski and Brittany L. Hynes
A recent ruling in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit represents a significant departure from the generalized belief that student loan debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, and which, if followed by other circuit courts, could have a dramatic impact on bankruptcy law.
By Jeffrey T. Zaino
Bankruptcy courts are embracing virtual alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes to handle cases during this extraordinary period. Engaging in online mediation, and arbitration, can expedite Chapter 11 cases toward an equitable conclusion for the parties involved, while ensuring everyone can practice safe social-distancing.