New York Southern District

Caymans Recognized as the ‘COMI’ for a Property Company Operating in China

A country that was ineligible to host a nonmain foreign proceeding was nonetheless held to have the foreign main proceeding.

Lender Defaulted on the Merits for ‘Prolonged, Extraordinary’ Discovery Violations

Despite contrary Second Circuit dicta, retiring Judge Robert Drain certified a nationwide class in a suit for violation of the discharge injunction.

Another New York District Judge Is Hostile to Nondebtor, Third-Party Releases

At the risk of committing error, a district judge in New York reads a third-party release to cover only derivative claims, not direct claims that a creditor may have against a nondebtor.

Rule 11 Sanctions Coming for Madoff Customers Refusing to Give Up ‘Fictitious Profits’

Two district judges are becoming incensed by ‘net winners’ in the Madoff Ponzi scheme who continue litigating and losing on the same issues.

Ordinary Excuses Won’t Justify Plan-Filing Delays in Subchapter V

A fight between creditors justifies granting a Subchapter V debtor more time to file a plan, Judge Lane says.

Chapter 15 Permits Discovery to Lay Groundwork for a Lawsuit, New York Judge Says

Judge Garrity wasn’t required to rule on whether Bankruptcy Rule 2004 applies in chapter 15 cases.

A Purdue Suit Against Insurance Carriers Stays in Bankruptcy Court, for Now

Insurance coverage disputes are ‘routinely resolved in summary judgment,’ counseling against immediate withdrawal of the reference of a non-core lawsuit, district judge says.

On Student Loan Discharge, District Judge Requires Responses to Unasserted Defenses

New York district judge requires a student loan debtor to prove the reasonableness of living expenses when the lender never objected.

Texas Judge Disagrees with Second Circuit on Sanctions for Violating Rule 3002.1

Bankruptcy Judge Eduardo Rodriguez explained why the Second Circuit was wrong in ruling that violators of Rule 3002.1 are only liable for compensatory damages.

Affirmance Shows that Merit Management Has Been Gutted in the Second Circuit

Properly structuring a leveraged refinancing in the Second Circuit can avoid attack as a fraudulent transfer despite the Supreme Court’s effort at narrowing the ‘safe harbor.’

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