Chapter 11

The Return Of The Rule 2019 Question: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Weighs In On Whether Creditor Groups Must Disclose Trading Data


It's been a few years since decisions from the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of New York, and later from the Southern District of Texas, examined whether hedge funds and other investors could be required to disclose the details of their trades when they form an ad hoc committee or group in a Chapter 11 case.  Last week, Judge Mary Walrath of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued a decision in the Washington Mutual, Inc.


Second Circuit Decides Whether Unsecured Creditors Can Recover Post-Petition Attorney's Fees


On November 5, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the second court of appeals to answer the question left open in the U.S. Supreme Court's March 2007 decision in Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. of America v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., 549 U.S. 443 (2007): Can unsecured creditors recover post-petition attorney's fees as part of their unsecured claims?


A Matter Of Time: Important Amendments To The Bankruptcy Rules Are Coming December 1st


Nearly every year, changes are made to the set of rules that govern how bankruptcy cases are managed -- the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. Normally, the changes address issues identified by an Advisory Committee made up of federal judges, bankruptcy attorneys, and others. This year, the amendments to the national bankruptcy rules are mainly the result of statutory changes enacted by Congress. The new amendments will take effect on December 1, 2009.


Major Amendments To The CCAA, Canada's Reorganization Law, Are Now In Force


In a post last year entitled "North Of The Border: Reorganization Under Canada's Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act," I discussed the various types of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings available under Canadian law. Included in the discussion was the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, known as the CCAA, used by many Canadian companies to reorganize.


Fall 2009 Edition Of Absolute Priority Now Available


The Fall 2009 edition of the Absolute Priority newsletter, published by the Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Bankruptcy & Restructuring group, of which I am a member, has just been released. The newsletter gives updates on current developments and trends in the bankruptcy and workout area.