When we last reported on In re Loop 76, the case was on appeal with the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP). In a lengthy decision that one could argue expanded the bankruptcy court’s ruling on classification, the BAP has since affirmed the bankruptcy court’s decision permitting separate classification of unsecured deficiency claims.
In order to confirm a chapter 11 reorganization plan, a debtor must satisfy all of the provisions of § 1129(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, except for § 1129(a)(8), which requires that each class of creditors either (1) accept the proposed plan or (2) is unimpaired under the proposed plan. When a debtor fails to meet § 1129(a)(8), the debtor can “cram down” a dissenting unimpaired secured creditor pursuant to § 1129(b), but only if the plan is “fair and equitable” with respect to that creditor.
Two recent decisions have provided guidance concerning the scope of a lender’s right to collect “rents” generated by a debtor in possession, and the debtor’s corresponding ability to use those “rents” in furtherance of its restructuring efforts: In re Ocean Place Development LLC and In re Soho 25 Retail LLC.
Two sections of the Bankruptcy Code seemingly stand at odds regarding the protections offered to lessees of real property owned by a bankrupt debtor. Section 365(h) strongly protects a lessee’s right to possession of real property in the face of debtor’s rejection of the lease.
Although a wealth of case law has found pre-petition bans on bankruptcy filings to be unenforceable as a matter of public policy, a recent unpublished decision from the Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) upheld a pre-petition ban included as an amendment to an operating agreement.  The debtor, DB Capital Holdings LLC, was
A potential conflict among circuit courts regarding § 1129(b)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code may soon exist. In a recent decision, Hon.
To confirm a chapter 11 plan under the so-called "cramdown option," at least one impaired class of creditors must accept the proposed plan.  To accept a plan, more than one half (in number) of the voting claimants in a class, representing at least two-thirds of the total dollar amount of voting claims in such class, must vote to accep
When a retail company enters bankruptcy, its most valuable asset routinely includes its interest as a tenant in unexpired commercial-space leases. Subject to certain limitations, the Bankruptcy Code permits the debtor-tenant to continue its operations in the profitable locations and “reject” the unprofitable stores, which are effectively abandoned back to the landlords.
In a case of first impression in the circuit, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has applied Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) to revoke a bankruptcy trustee's "technical" abandonment of property. LPP Mortgage Ltd. v. Brinley, 547 F.3d 643 (6th Cir. 2008).
Historically, a credit bid in a chapter 11 sale has frequently been viewed as a "non-sale" event, and the parties did not feel an obligation to pay an investment banker, business broker, real estate broker or auctioneer (the professional) a commission for the result.
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