5th Circuit

Judge Gargotta Splits with the Fourth Circuit on Nondischargeability in Subchapter V

The Fourth Circuit had recently held that both individuals and corporations in subchapter V of chapter 11 are barred from discharging debts that are nondischargeable under Section 523(a).

‘Economic Unit Approach’ Best Fixes the Size of a ‘Household,’ Judge Larson Says

The IRS and Census methods for determining the size of a ‘household’ undercount or overcount economic realities, judge says.

Fifth Circuit Interprets Section 363(m) More Broadly than Other Circuits

Anything that is ‘integrally related’ to a sale is moot in the Fifth Circuit, according to a New Orleans district judge.

Judge Grabill Imposes $400,000 in Sanctions for Violation of Confidentiality Order

Subjectively laudable reasons for violating a confidentiality order didn’t absolve the lawyer of sanctions.

Possibly Dicta, the Fifth Circuit Disallows Make-Wholes

Creating a circuit split, the Fifth Circuit holds that the solvent-debtor exception to the allowance of post-petition interest survived adoption of the Bankruptcy Code.

Another Court Holds that a Debtor Has a Property Interest in Contracts, Not Customers

Once the debtor loses the right to do business, taking customers for no consideration isn’t a fraudulent transfer, Judge Isgur holds.

To Be Nondischargeable, Debtor Must Have Violated Securities Laws, Another Judge Says

Texas judge rules in favor of the debtor on an issue similar to the question coming before the Supreme Court in Bartenwerfer.

Being Tossed Off a Committee Doesn’t Confer Appellate Standing, District Judge Says

Being removed from an official committee doesn’t harm the former member’s pecuniary interests and therefore doesn’t confer appellate standing.

Fifth Circuit Permits Gatekeeping to Serve the Function of Third-Party Releases

Adhering to the categorial prohibition of nondebtor third-party releases, the Fifth Circuit now allows a workaround to protect principal participants in chapter 11 cases.

Fifth Circuit Holds that Surety Bonds Are Not Executory Contracts

The Fifth Circuit said in dicta that courts might apply the ‘functional approach’ rather than the Countryman test in deciding whether a triangular contract is executory.