Mid Cap

  • July 17, 2024

    High Court Rulings Don't Nix Judge Romance Suit, Court Told

    An investor suing Jackson Walker LLP over an ex-employee's secret romantic relationship with a former Texas bankruptcy judge told the court Tuesday that, despite what the firm says, recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on standing do not change the fact that he suffered real harm from the firm.

  • July 17, 2024

    Chief Deputy SDNY Bankruptcy Clerk To Be Bankruptcy Judge

    The chief deputy clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York — a former Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP attorney who served as the lead law clerk on the liquidation of Bernie Madoff's investment securities company — is set to become a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Poughkeepsie.

  • July 17, 2024

    Bruised SPAC Market Pins Revival Hopes On Veteran Backers

    More special-purpose acquisition companies are conducting initial public offerings, mostly backed by dealmakers who have completed prior mergers, bringing life to a listings market that was largely barren over the past year.

  • July 16, 2024

    Coach USA's DIP, Sale Plans Draw Judge's Criticism

    Proposals from bus line operator Coach USA for a $200 million debtor-in-possession financing package and for procedures governing a sale of the bulk of its operating assets drew warnings Tuesday from a Delaware bankruptcy judge, who said certain provisions of the proposals were unacceptable.

  • July 16, 2024

    'Excuse Me?': Judge Vexed By Defamation Claim In Ch. 7 Row

    A Connecticut bankruptcy judge on Tuesday appeared skeptical of defamation and tortious interference claims New York-based real estate investor EasyKnock Inc. filed against a trustee handling the Chapter 7 estate of a onetime homeowner, forcing company attorneys to at times to admit they cited no authority to support their case.

  • July 16, 2024

    Jackson Walker Urges Broad Questioning Of Ex-Judge Jones

    Jackson Walker and the U.S. Trustee's Office on Tuesday defended the questions they plan to ask former bankruptcy judge David R. Jones during a deposition over his concealed romantic relationship with an ex-partner of the law firm, telling a Texas bankruptcy judge the inquiries aren't barred by confidentiality protections.

  • July 16, 2024

    7th Circ. Says Foreign Retirement Not Shielded In Bankruptcy

    A professor who filed for bankruptcy in Illinois can't protect his Canadian retirement account from creditors because the account is ineligible under a state law shielding accounts that qualify as retirement plans under the Internal Revenue Code, the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • July 16, 2024

    Parler's Ex-Owner Can't Broaden Automatic Stay, Court Says

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge denied a bid by Parler's former owner to extend its bankruptcy stay to nondebtors in a lawsuit the company is facing, saying U.S. Supreme Court precedent barring certain third-party releases didn't apply but the company hadn't shown it was entitled to the request.

  • July 16, 2024

    Manhattan Property Co. Seeks Ch. 11 Protection

    A company tied to a four-story mixed-use building in Lower Manhattan's trendy NoHo neighborhood filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing as much as $50 million in liabilities and up to $500,000 in assets.

  • July 16, 2024

    California Atty Accused In $282M Theft Put On Inactive Status

    A California lawyer who's accused of stealing as much as $282 million from debt relief clients has been placed on involuntary inactive status, and bar discipline authorities say he deserves to lose his license permanently.

  • July 16, 2024

    States, Legal Orgs. Urge Justices To Halt Biden's Debt Relief

    A U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Biden administration's latest student debt relief program received backing from seven Republican-led states and a trio of legal groups that assert the estimated $475 billion plan exceeds the executive branch's authority.

  • July 16, 2024

    Crypto Bank Noble Talents Files Ch. 7 Liquidation In NY

    Cryptocurrency banking services provider Noble Talents filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in New York, listing up to $50 million of liabilities.

  • July 16, 2024

    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

  • July 16, 2024

    These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

  • July 15, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Rejects FEMA Contractor's Water Restocking Fees

    The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld the rejection of an embattled government contractor's claim for $13.5 million in restocking fees after the Federal Emergency Management Agency sharply reduced the amount of bottled water the agency ordered in response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

  • July 15, 2024

    Owner Of Bankrupt Gov't Contractor Charged With Perjury

    The owner of a bankrupt government water contractor has been indicted on perjury charges, accused of falsifying the company's bankruptcy filings by failing to report millions in assets transferred to her and other company insiders.

  • July 15, 2024

    Giuliani Booted, Purdue Regroups, Redbox Pivots

    Rudy Giuliani's Chapter 11 case was tossed for his lack of financial disclosures, Purdue Pharma pressed for renewed plan mediation as creditors hedged their bets by seeking permission to sue its owners, and the parent company of Redbox pivoted to a liquidation due to what it described as mismanagement of the business.

  • July 15, 2024

    Pump Co. Execs Must Face Trustee's $59.7M Transfer Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge won't toss a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee's lawsuit claiming that three former engineering company executives transferred $59.7 million to a holding entity and sent the company into ruin to avoid paying asbestos claims, ruling Monday that the suit plausibly alleges that the executives had conflicts of interest and concealed their conduct.

  • July 15, 2024

    NRA's Policies Called 'Dumpster Fire' As 2nd NY Trial Opens

    The New York attorney general cast the National Rifle Association as unrepentant and unreformed as a second-phase bench trial began in state court Monday, after a jury had found the group and its ex-officers liable for misspending millions.

  • July 15, 2024

    Rue21 Bankruptcy Dismissed After Exculpations Trimmed

    Teen apparel retailer rue21 received approval Monday to dismiss its Chapter 11 case after it agreed to narrow who would be protected from potential legal liability as it winds down.

  • July 15, 2024

    Mogul's Co. Drops Bid To Stop Insurer's Liquidation

    A company owned by convicted insurance mogul Greg Lindberg wants to end a fight against North Carolina's liquidation of an insurer, saying that it desires to withdraw its case in the state Court of Appeals.

  • July 15, 2024

    Judge Will OK Ch. 15 Recognition For SouthRock's Insolvency

    A Texas bankruptcy judge said Monday he will grant SouthRock Capital Ltda., a Brazilian private equity company that operates international food brands including Starbucks and TGI, U.S. recognition of its foreign insolvency proceedings.

  • July 15, 2024

    Girardi Seeks 2-Month Delay For Client Theft Trial, To October

    Disgraced lawyer Tom Girardi's defense attorneys want to push back his closely watched wire fraud trial to October from its current August start date, claiming they've been "misled" by "sharp-elbowed" federal prosecutors who have unexpectedly sought to expand the scope of their case against Girardi in recent weeks.

  • July 12, 2024

    Law360 Names 2024's Top Attorneys Under 40

    Law360 is pleased to announce the Rising Stars of 2024, our list of 158 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.

  • July 12, 2024

    San Diego Diocese Heads Toward Mediation In Ch. 11

    Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego told a California bankruptcy judge Friday that the diocese is hoping to kick off new mediation efforts as it works to resolve more than 450 sexual abuse lawsuits while in Chapter 11.

Expert Analysis

  • How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

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    As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

  • Insurers Have A Ch. 11 Voice Following High Court Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser Gypsum — which reaffirmed a broad definition of "party in interest" — will give insurers, particularly in mass tort Chapter 11 bankruptcies, more opportunity to protect their interests and identify problems with reorganization plans, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • Considerations For Cooperation Contracts In Loan Trades

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    Significant challenges to settling trades can arise when lenders of syndicated bank loans enter into defense-oriented cooperation agreements, which are growing in popularity, but working through these issues on the front end of a trade can save hours down the road, says Robert Waldner at Crowell & Moring.

  • Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

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    As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • 9th Circ. Clarifies ERISA Preemption For Healthcare Industry

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in Bristol SL Holdings v. Cigna notably clarifies the broad scope of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's preemption of certain state law causes of action, standing to benefit payors and health plan administrators, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • NY Combined Hearing Guidelines Can Shorten Ch. 11 Timeline

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    The Southern District of New York’s recently adopted guidelines on combining the processes for Chapter 11 plan confirmation and disclosure statement approval may shorten the Chapter 11 timeline for companies and reduce associated costs, say Robert Drain and Moshe Jacob at Skadden.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • 5th Circ. Bond Claim Ruling Shows Creditors Must Be Vigilant

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    In Raymond James & Associates v. Jalbert, the Fifth Circuit recently held that the bankruptcy debtor's indemnification obligations were discharged by the confirmed plan because the indemnified party failed to speak up, demonstrating that creditors must proactively protect their rights, says Joshua Lesser at Bradley Arant.

  • Bankruptcy Courts Have Contempt Power, Del. Case Reminds

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    A Delaware bankruptcy court recently held Camshaft Capital and its principal in contempt, serving as a reminder to bankruptcy practitioners and anyone else that appears before a bankruptcy judge that there are serious consequences for failing to comply with court orders, say Daniel Lowenthal and Kimberly Black at Patterson Belknap.

  • What Lies Behind Diverging US And UK Insolvency Trends

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    Contrasting U.K. and U.S. insolvency trends highlight the importance of policy interventions in shaping consumer financial outcomes and economic recovery, and while the U.K.'s approach seems to have mitigated issues, the U.S. faces challenges exacerbated by economic conditions and policy transitions, says Thomas Curran at Thomas H. Curran Associates.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • How Banks Can Preserve Value Amid Corporate Default Surge

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    Amid a busy time for corporate bankruptcies, banks need a nuanced understanding of contractual rights, regulatory frameworks and evolving legal developments to protect and preserve their rights and interests, say attorneys at Phelps Dunbar.

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