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Bankruptcy Litigation United States Supreme Court

SCOTUS Passes on Bankruptcy Law Cases, Leaving Circuit Court Splits

‘Purdue Pharma’ Looms

Although four cases presenting important bankruptcy issues were teed up for the Supreme Court’s consideration this term, the Court denied certiorari for each. Each of these petitions involve splits among the circuit courts of appeals, influencing choice of venue and the extent to which bankruptcy decisions are subject to meaningful appeal.

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The U.S. Supreme Court began its 2021-2022 term this Fall with a schedule that includes no bankruptcy matters. Although four cases presenting important bankruptcy issues were teed up for the Court’s consideration this term, the Court denied certiorari for each. These petitions involved open questions on states’ powers to assert sovereign immunity in the bankruptcy arena, the extent to which federal bankruptcy law preempts certain state-law causes of action, and the judicially created doctrine of equitable mootness. Each of these areas involve splits among the circuit courts of appeals, influencing choice of venue and the extent to which bankruptcy decisions are subject to meaningful appeal.

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