The Valuation Paradox


In the program Who Killed the Company? Tips and Trends in Claims and Defenses, Judge Marvin Isgur and his fellow panelists confronted issues such as in pari delicto, insurance coverage and waiver of fiduciary duties. However, one discussion led by Judge Isgur focused on whether solvency should be determined based on what was known at the time of the valuation or what was known at a later date. The discussion highlighted that valuation can be a moving target based on what is known at a given point in time. 


Valuing Assets in Chapter 13


While many people only see the glamorous, large Chapter 11 cases filed in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, the Court still handles individual bankruptcies – treating them with just as much respect as any other case.  On July 8, 2016, the chief bankruptcy judge, Brendan L. Shannon, issued an opinion valuing the mobile home of Ms.


Texas Judge Says You Don't Have to Act Rashly to Value a Truck

Western District of Texas Bankruptcy Judge Tony Davis has written a very helpful opinion on valuing a truck in a chapter 13 case.   The ten page opinion is packed with extensive footnotes as well as practical guidelines.   In the end, the valuation issue depended on burden of proof and the relatively weak evidence offered by the debtor prevailed.    In re Solis, No. 15-11181 (Bankr. W.D. Tex.

Third Circuit Opinion Creates Precedent Important for Secured Creditors


The Third Circuit released a precedential opinion on May 14, 2012 that can greatly impact bankruptcy debtors attempting to reorganize as well as their secured creditors.  A copy of the opinion is available here (the "Opinion").  Because Fox Rothschild was directly involved in this case and argued before the Third Circuit, I will only be providing a brief summary of the Opinion.


Consistency - A Hallmark of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court


In a 17 page decision entered March 9, 2012, Judge Carey of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court granted a motion for relief from the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay to allow an undersecured creditor to exercise its remedies against a debtor’s collateral.  A copy of Judge Carey's opinion is available here (the "Opinion").  The Opinion was issued in a case nearly identical to that discussed in this post: