February 26, 2011
Circuit Court of Appeals Cases from Last Week
United States Second Circuit, 02/07/2011
DISH Network Corp. v. DBSD N. Am., Inc., No. 10-1175
Chapter 11 plan confirmed and designation of votes of DISH Network Corporation as "not in good faith" under section 1126(e) where: 1) bankruptcy court's decision to designate DISH's vote as not having been cast in good faith and its treatment of its class's vote is appropriate; but 2) Sprint has standing to appeal the denial of its objection to the confirmation of the reorganization plan and the bankruptcy court erred in confirming the plan of reorganization.
United States Second Circuit, 02/08/2011
In re Adelphia Recovery Trust, No. 09-0799
Bankruptcy Court affirmed in part and reversed in part barring the Adelphia Recovery Trust from pursuing fraudulent conveyance claims against the appellee banks on res judicata and estoppel grounds.
United States Ninth Circuit, 02/10/2011
Barrientos v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 09-55810
In an action alleging violation of section 524 must be brought by motion, not via an adversary proceeding.
Thanks to Findlaw.com.
February 25, 2011
Suspension urged for lawyer who helped Judge Thomas Porteous lie in bankruptcy
"An advisory panel has recommended a 30-day suspension for the New Orleans lawyer who helped federal Judge Thomas Porteous of Metairie lie his way into bankruptcy proceedings. The report comes from a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board hearing committee, which essentially held that Claude Lightfoot aided Porteous 'in conduct that a lawyer knows is criminal or fraudulent.' "
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"The Flag is Up" - Same Sex Married Couple Files Chapter 13 in Los Angeles.
Financially distressed same-sex CA married couple goes straight into bankruptcy by filing a joint Chapter 13 petition in the Los Angeles Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, on February 24, 2011.
In re Balas & Morales (husband and husband), 2:11-bk-17831-AA. Debtors are represented by Peter M. Lively.
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February 24, 2011
Would-be Carvel heiress files Chapter 11
US bankruptcy claims trading at 18-month low
"The number of U.S. bankruptcy claims that traded in January fell to the lowest level since July 2009 as more companies emerged from Chapter 11, according to data released on Tuesday."
Ex-Taylor, Bean exec pleads guilty in fraud case
"The former treasurer of bankrupt Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp, Desiree Brown, pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy for one of the biggest fraud cases so far stemming from the U.S. mortgage meltdown."
February 21, 2011
3 companies seek bankruptcy amid weak commercial real estate market
"The beleaguered Las Vegas commercial real estate market was hit with three more bankruptcies last week."
Bankruptcy for Las Vegas' BB King Blues Club owner
"The owner of the B.B. King's Blues Club in the Mirage hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip has filed for bankruptcy protection, court records show.
The filing comes as Las Vegas tries to recover after being hit hard in the recent economic downturn, hurt by declines in tourism and a glut of hotel rooms and casinos. Nevada also has one of the nation's highest residential foreclosure rates."
Bears’ Duerson had pending personal bankruptcy
"Former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who committed suicide last Thursday in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., had filed for voluntary personal bankruptcy last September in a case that was still pending."
Bankruptcy Judge Clears Borders Store Closings
It's official. Borders will be closing 200 of its superstores throughout the nation, including 35 here in California. The doomsday list includes the Pasadena location, the Century City Mall store, and the Howard Hughes Center store.
Call me a cynic, but I've been sensing the demise of brick and mortar bookstores for years. Paying sticker price plus sales tax is rarely necessary anymore, as Amazon, the online demigod of retailers, has been able to cut its margins razor-thin and quickly gobble up huge portions of the market. They won me over when I searched a favorite author to find out whether his new book had been published, and found not only that the book had been published a week earlier, but Amazon was selling it at half the MSRP.
Borders is the first to fall for good reason - an anachronistic business model and poor local management. Borders only entered the online sales market in the last few years, long after Amazon and Barnes and Noble won the loyalty of most online customers. They invested in huge DVD and music displays just as the world went digital. Management seems to place a minimal focus on customer service. I have no particular ire for Borders - I'm simply not surprised to hear of its cashflow problem.
Brick and mortar bookstores will play a role in the American economy for the foreseeable future, if a shrinking role. There's just something special about the smell of new books, and the chance to pick up and thumb through titles before you make a purchase. Unfortunately for Borders, there's also something special about the chance to buy books that haven't been thumbed through by 20 people already.