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Post date: Monday, August 03, 2020

For the last 25 years, third-party releases in chapter 11 plans were thought to be categorically prohibited in the Ninth Circuit. With its recent decision in Blixseth v.

Post date: Monday, June 01, 2020

One thing that Toys “R” Us, Sears and Forever 21 have in common is that all three cases are administratively insolvent.[1] Vendors who extended credit to the debtor after the petition date in reliance on the debtor’s assurances that it had adequate “DIP” financing to justify new credit terms got stuck a second time when there were inad

Post date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

In Devices Liquidation Trust v. KMT Wireless LLC (In re Pers. Commc’ns Devices LLC), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York denied a critical vendor’s motion for summary judgment that advocated for a “hindsight extrapolation” approach to the critical-vendor defense.[1]

Post date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The value of the legitimate cannabis industry in the U.S. (measured by annual sales) is rapidly approaching $10 billion and is expected by some to exceed $20 billion within the next five years. As the market grows, companies that do not grow or sell cannabis are nonetheless doing business with some that do.

Post date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bankruptcy attorneys are familiar with the statutory defenses to preferences and fraudulent transfers. Less familiar is the so-called “contract assumption defense.” Courts have employed that non-statutory defense to bar preferences and fraudulent transfers based on three primary arguments:

Post date: Monday, March 04, 2019

Setoff is a valuable state law remedy for trade creditors with a claim against, and an obligation owing to, an insolvent customer. The right of setoff allows a creditor to “net” or cancel mutual debts to avoid having to pay its debt to a debtor in full while standing in line to recover its claim against the debtor.

Post date: Monday, March 04, 2019

Bankruptcy Judge Brendan L. Shannon recently confirmed the chapter 11 plan of RMH Franchise Holdings, Inc. and its affiliated debtors, notwithstanding that the plan proposed significantly better treatment for unsecured trade creditors than for other general unsecured creditors.

Post date: Monday, March 04, 2019

With apologies to Twain and Disreali,[1] the title quote may come to mind when, in response to a defense letter outlining an ordinary course of business (OCB) defense comparing consistent and without-undue-collection-effort billing and payment practices in the “preference period”

Post date: Monday, September 24, 2018

The U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Louisiana recently affirmed the U.S.

Post date: Monday, September 24, 2018

Most oil and gas-producing states have oil and gas mineral lien statutes (similar to what many lawyers know as mechanic’s and materialman’s lien statutes) that grant automatically arising liens in favor of vendors that provide services in connection with oil and gas well operations.


Thu, 2018-10-04

Join the Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee to discuss recent hot topics and important developments in preference law. The discussion will include cutting-edge issues regarding the “ordinary course” and “new value” defenses, as well as developing issues regarding the interplay of preference law with § 503(b)(9) and “critical vendor” programs. Ensure that your preference toolkit is up to date with the latest tricks of the trade by listening in.

Wed, 2018-01-10

The UTC Committee hosted their January call on Thursday, the 10th, where speakers discussed (1) what to do when you get wind that your customer could be days or weeks away from a bankruptcy filing; (2) your customer files, so what first day motions should you focus on and be concerned about; and (3) you are "lucky" enough to be invited to serve on the creditors' committee - should you accept the invitation.

Sat, 2017-12-02

Hosted by the Secured Credit and Unsecured Trade Creditors Committees. Unsecured trade creditors and secured creditors confront similar plan analysis issues, including gerrymandering, vote incentivization schemes, drop dead provisions, and golden shares. The panel will discuss some of those “creative” plan provisions and interesting confirmation issues that impact both secured and unsecured creditors.

Fri, 2017-09-08

The panelists for this webinar will discuss the various types of health care cases and the competing interests that arise from a number of perspectives, including debtor, creditor, and provider-side interests. The panel will provide an overview of the uniqueness of bankruptcy health care cases and identify proven strategies to assist practitioners to guide unsecured creditors through these difficult and often complex reorganizations.

Tue, 2017-05-30

The Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee's May Tips of the Trade call featured Neil Steinkamp of Stout Risius Ross, LLC, who discussed the ordinary course of business defense in the context of preference analysis.

Thu, 2017-02-23

The ABI Unsecured Trade Creditors’ Committee (UTC) hosted a Tips of the Trade Call titled Involuntary Petitions – Issues to Consider before Pulling the Trigger.

Tue, 2016-09-13

The ABI Unsecured Trade Creditors’ Committee held their most recent Tips of the Trade Call to cover bankruptcy procedure in the country’s busiest business courts. Professionals who represent unsecured trade creditors inevitably find themselves practicing from time to time in the country’s busiest bankruptcy courts, the District of Delaware and the Southern District of New York.

Fri, 2016-04-15

Beware of the Traps: Ethical and Fiduciary Issues for Committee Members and Professionals

Wed, 2016-03-30

The Unsecured Trade Creditors' Committee's call discussed  “gifting” and other recent developments regarding application of the absolute priority rule.

Thu, 2015-07-16

While lenders have relied on the protections of make-whole provisions in their loan agreements in the voluntary redemption context for years, what happens when a borrower files for bankruptcy and challenges the enforceability of such provisions in the bankruptcy context? This teleseminar explored these questions in light of the recent important decisions in Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. and Energy Future Holdings. Corp, et al.


Mr. Grant L. Cartwright, Esq.
May, Potenza, Baran & Gillespie, P.C.
Phoenix, AZ
(480) 299-2313

Mr. Simon E. Fraser
Cozen O'Connor
Wilmington, DE
(302) 295-2000

Ms. Demetra L. Liggins
Communications Manager
Thompson & Knight LLP
Houston, TX
(713) 951-5884

Mr. Eric J. Monzo
Education Director
Morris James LLP
Wilmington, DE
(302) 888-5848

Ms. Lauren Dorsett
Membership Relations Director
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Seattle, WA
(206) 622-3150

Ms. Kathleen L. DiSanto
Newsletter Editor
Bush Ross, PA
Tampa, FL
(813) 204-6409

Mr. Eric S. Chafetz
Special Projects Leader
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Westfield, NJ
(646) 345-1466

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