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Supreme Court Grapples with ‘Finality’ in Ritzen v. Jackson Masonry

Justices may narrow Bullard by drawing back from the requirement that finality requires a change in the status quo.

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Constitutionality of Puerto Rico’s Debt Restructuring

The justices recognized the practical effects of the decision they will make on Puerto Rico and precedent that could undermine the governance of territories and Washington, D.C.

BAP Decision Previews Issues Confronting the Supreme Court in Ritzen

Professing to follow Ritzen, Sixth Circuit BAP reverts to a more pragmatic approach to ‘finality.’

Supreme Court to Tackle a Bankruptcy Tax Refund Circuit Split

Circuits are split on whether a tax refund presumptively goes to the subsidiary that created the losses giving rise to the refund.

Supreme Court Denied ‘Cert.’ on Termination of Retiree Benefits

The Eleventh Circuit had held that coal producers can sell assets and insulate the buyer from liability for paying retirees’ health benefits.

Supreme Court to Say Whether Puerto Rico Oversight Board Was Constitutionally Appointed

The appeal to the Supreme Court may become moot if the Senate confirms the appointment of the existing members of the Puerto Rico Oversight Board.

Supreme Court Rejects Strict Liability for Discharge Violations

‘No objectively reasonable basis’ is the high court standard to find civil contempt for violating the discharge injunction.

Supreme Court Agrees to Rule on What Is or Is Not a ‘Final, Appealable’ Order

For now, the high court ducks an important automatic stay question for chapter 13 debtors.

Licensee May Continue Using a Trademark after Rejection, Supreme Court Rules

Supreme Court gets around to overruling Lubrizol almost 35 years later.

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Good Faith as Defense to Discharge Violation

In Taggart v. Lorenzen, the justices sounded largely noncommittal, except for the Chief Justice, who seemed in the debtor’s camp favoring a stricter standard for contempt of the discharge injunction.