Bankruptcy law and business expectations converged in the Residential Capital (“ResCap”) proceeding when the Bankruptcy Court confirmed that the third party release contained in ResCap’s plan of reorganization protected ResCap’s non-debtor parent from claims that were not known and did not exist at the time the plan was confirmed. The Bankruptcy Court reasoned that Section

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Bank of America v. Caulkett.[1] The Court’s unanimous opinion, which was written by Justice Thomas, established that junior mortgage lienholders maintain a “secured” claim against a bankrupt debtor even where the junior mortgage lien is completely underwater. Further, an underwater junior

As previously reported, on December 12, 2014, the Supreme Court granted certiorari on an appeal from the decision of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank, to resolve a circuit court split regarding whether an order denying confirmation of a bankruptcy plan is a final order appealable

On December 12, 2014, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the ruling in Bullard v. Hyde Park Savings Bank (In re Bullard), 752 F.3d 483 (1st Cir. 2014) to resolve a circuit court split regarding whether an order denying confirmation of a bankruptcy plan is a final order appealable as of

Earlier today, ABI issued its much-anticipated report regarding potential revisions to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.  As Reuters reports, ABI “formed the commission in 2012 amid concerns that rising costs of Chapter 11 were deterring companies from filing for bankruptcy.”

Stay tuned to the Hughes Hubbard Bankruptcy Report for updates on key takeaways in

The Fifth Circuit recently held that a debtor-in-possession (DIP) lender did not qualify as a “good faith” lender, overturning orders of the United States District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, including a final order approving DIP financing.  In re TMT Procurement Corp., 764 F.3d 512 (5th Cir. 2014).   Notably,

On November 5, 2014, the Second Circuit (Judges Winter, Droney, and Hellerstein) held oral arguments in In re Tribune Litigation (Case No. 13-3992) and Whyte v. Barclays Bank PLC (Case No. 13-2653).  As we outlined here, both cases consider the reach of the safe harbor provisions found in section 546 of the Bankruptcy Code