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As we debate whether there will be a “soft” or “hard” landing of the economy and the resulting effect of different landings on the volume of bankruptcy filings, it is helpful to review how a bankruptcy filing affects not only rights between a creditor and the debtor, but also the respective rights of creditors against property held by the debtor. These rights may be determined by in what capacity the debtor is holding the property. For example, Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, which governs the disposition of executory contracts, has specific provisions regarding the disposition of commercial real estate leases in bankruptcy. These provisions address, among other things, the rights of a tenant to remain in possession of the leased premises when the landlord files a bankruptcy case and rejects the lease. But what rights does a tenant have with regard to the security deposit delivered by the tenant to the landlord to secure the tenant’s performance under the lease when the landlord files for bankruptcy and rejects the lease?
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Can a Debtor That Has No Ongoing Business Operations Reorganize Under Chapter 11 In Good Faith?
By Lawrence J. Kotler and Roxanne J. Indelicato
In a recent decision, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the court) addressed whether a debtor that has no independent assets or ongoing business operations can reorganize under Chapter 11 in good faith.
J&J Gets Stay In Talc Chapter 11 Dismissal
By Amanda Bronstad
Johnson & Johnson’s talc bankruptcy may be on its last legs, but it’s still standing — at least for a while. On February 13, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary LTL Management petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to rehear its Jan. 30 decision dismissing its Chapter 11 case
Fifth Circuit Adds Color to Abstention Issue
By Francis J. Lawall and Brenden Dahrouge
Rules Bankruptcy Court Lacked Jurisdiction to Decide State-Governed Question
Jurisdictional boundaries within the federal system as between bankruptcy and district courts as well as various federal agencies can be a maze that is at times nearly impossible to navigate. Further complicating matters are those cases involving state-regulated issues that add abstention to the mix.
Bankruptcy Veterans See Surge In Corporate Filings
By Everett Catts
Corporate bankruptcies have been a hot topic lately, with several businesses or their parent companies declaring bankruptcy, announcing they plan to do so or saying they may to do so soon. Two veteran bankruptcy attorneys in Georgia give their take on this and other bankruptcy topics.