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Beginning in late March with In re Modell’s Sporting Goods, Inc., No. 20-14179 (Bankr. D.N.J.), some bankruptcy courts in retail Chapter 11 cases have been allowing debtors to suspend post-petition rent payments to their landlords, in contravention of the long-accepted practice, based on Bankruptcy Code Section 365(d)(3), that such payments must continue to be made as they come due in the ordinary course of business.
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By Daniel Coyle
Foreign Representatives in Chapter 15 petitions are specifically permitted to conduct discovery to locate the debtor’s assets within the United States to increase estate and creditor recoveries in the overseas proceedings and to probe the debtor’s affairs, rights, obligations or liabilities.
By Michael L. Cook
Judicial hair-splitting, when applying state law to federal bankruptcy cases, creates only uncertainty.
By Francis J. Lawall and Marcy J. McLaughlin Smith
The common interest doctrine can be a powerful tool when used to block discovery of relevant and sometimes critical evidence. However, a determination of when it can be invoked requires a highly fact-intensive analysis.
By Earl M. Forte
Chapter 11 work can be episodic and uneven, and while litigation skills are essential, it is also quite specialized. So, given these qualities, how does a bankruptcy litigator go about moving from one law firm to another, and what are the pitfalls?