In Asarco, LLC v. Noranda Mining, Inc., the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held that representations made to the bankruptcy court that the Debtor’s settlement of environmental claims reflected only the Debtor’s share of the cleanup costs did not judicially estop the Debtor from brining a contribution claim against another potentially responsible party for those same costs.
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Background: Professionals’ Fees in Chapter 11 cases Chapter 11 reorganizations are a complex affair. They often require various professionals – attorneys, accountants, investment bankers, appraisers and other professionals – to represent and assist the trustee or debtor in possession in carrying out its duties under the Bankruptcy Code. Section 327 […]
Good news: structured dismissals have survived Supreme Court scrutiny. Bad news: dismissals may be harder to structure, given yesterday’s 6-2 decision overruling the Third Circuit in Jevic narrowing the context in which they can be approved. We now have guidance on whether or not structured dismissals must follow the Bankruptcy Code’s […]
In a recent decision by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, In re Hercules Offshore, Inc., et al., Judge Kevin J. Carey confirmed Hercules Offshore’s plan over objections by the Equity Committee—including an objection to allegedly impermissible plan releases and exculpations.
LBOs can get messy. Such was the case for the Tribune Company, which, in conjunction with its private equity investor, borrowed approximately $10.7 billion in 2007 to finance its buyout. Soon after the LBO was completed, Tribune experienced financial difficulties that made it unable to service its new debt, and, […]
Introduction In today’s global economy, transfers and payments by U.S. companies occurring outside the United States are commonplace. At the same time the avoidance provisions of the Bankruptcy Code are an important remedy for recovery of transfers made without adequate consideration or fraudulently, or that preferred certain creditors. Do the […]
Given the prevalence of cross-border restructurings, the Weil Bankruptcy Blog periodically brings our readers interesting restructuring law updates from around the world. This blog entry describes a development that could have an impact on restructurings in Germany. Cancellation of debt – a key element of most restructurings – generally triggers taxable […]