By Ed Boltz, 10 May, 2021
By Ed Boltz, 12 April, 2018
Abstract: Exploiting the within-district random assignment of bankruptcy cases to judges, we provide new evidence on the effects of judges' on-the-bench experience on large public corporate Chapter 11 outcomes. We find that cases assigned to more experienced judges spend less time in bankruptcy, are more likely to be reorganized rather than liquidated, but are not more likely to refile for bankruptcy after emergence.
By Ed Boltz, 27 November, 2017
Summary: Ms. Redding’s Chapter 11 plan was confirmed providing that she was to have six months in which to market and sell her principal residence and was required to make adequate protection payments on the mortgage claim of $1,000.00 per month during that time. After failing to do either, Ms.
By Ed Boltz, 3 August, 2017
Summary: As part of its Chapter 11 reorganization Bally Total Fitness of the Mid-Atlantic assumed a lease with Friday Investment, which had originally included a guaranty by Bally Holding. When Bally Mid-Atlantic later defaulted, Friday Investments sought to enforce the guaranty against Bally Holding. Bally asserted that while the lease had been assumed, the guaranty was discharged. In a divided opinion, the majority of held that under North Carolina law a guaranty is a separate contract from the underlying obligation, Tripps Rests. of N.C., Inc. v.
By Ed Boltz, 19 December, 2016
Summary: Mr. Faison filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy seeking, among other things, to continue to develop real property against which Summit Bridge held several claims. Summit Bridge objected to confirmation of Mr. Faison’s (third) plan of reorganization based on infeasibility at it was a “visionary scheme” that was “based on speculation, hope and desire, and has no demonstrable objective fact or facts as its foundation.” While stating that it believed Mr. Faison could ultimately propose a feasible plan, the bankruptcy court found the current plan infeasible.
By Ed Boltz, 12 May, 2016
Summary: Mr. Smith filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy after Wells Fargo commenced foreclosure on real property. The amended proposed plan provided for the cram-down of the secured claim held by Wells Fargo to $60,000.00. The Confirmation Order provided “that confirmation is expressly conditioned upon [Mr. Smith] providing for the payment of all claims assertable against [Mr. Smith’s] estate as specified in the Plan and in this Order.” The Chapter 11 case was, however, dismissed at Mr. Smith’s request two years later, after which Wells Fargo recommenced foreclosure.
By Ed Boltz, 13 August, 2014
Summary: Following the confirmation of its Chapter 11 plan and closure of the bankruptcy, the Debtor was sued in state court for a pre-petition debt by a creditor that was unknown at the time of filing of the bankruptcy and unlisted in the schedules. The state court directed the Debtor to re-open the bankruptcy case for a determination of whether the debt was discharged.
By Ed Boltz, 5 August, 2014
Summary: A provision of the Chapter 11 plan for National Heritage Foundation (“NHF”) provided that its officers, directors, and employees, the Unsecured Creditor Committee, and their successors and assigns (the “Released Parties”) were released from liability for any acts or omissions relating to NHF. Relying on Class Five Nevada Claimants v. Dow Corning Corp. (In re Dow Corning Corp.), 280 F.3d 648 (6th Cir. 2002), the Fourth Circuit considered (and found the plan of NHF lacking) the following factors in determining the valid of a third-party release: 1.
By Ed Boltz, 28 April, 2014
Summary: The Debtor purchased two gas stations, against which Petromax held Deeds of Trust, including against fixtures, in the amount of more than $2.4 million. Upon filing Chapter 11, the Debtor valued the gas stations at $1.3 million. The Debtor’s second proposed plan had eight classes of claims, but Class 7, which consisted of only $5,760.52 in unsecured claims, was the sole impaired class in favor of the plan, with the City of Greenville, holding a claim for $915.42, being the lone claimant to vote.