A California federal judge has denied a bid by lawyer Michael Avenatti to disqualify attorneys from Frank Sims & Stolper LLP from representing his former law partner in a suit seeking to enforce a $10 million judgment, calling the motion to disqualify "tactically abusive."
Greenberg Traurig LLP has opened a new office in Minneapolis with three DLA Piper lawyers, marking the firm's 30th location in the U.S., the firm announced Monday.
Charlotte Russe, a retailer of clothing for women, has filed for Chapter 11 in Delaware bankruptcy court with roughly $173 million in debt and a $50 million debtor-in-possession loan lined up, with plans to either sell itself as a going concern or hold a liquidation sale.
When Puerto Rico plunged into darkness in September 2017, the island's courts rallied to reopen and re-establish a pillar of the community. More than a year later, judicial officials are still surveying the damage.
A group of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. creditors hit the ailing Greek refueling company's executives with a proposed class action in New York federal court on Friday, seeking damages for an alleged $300 million fraud scheme that forced Aegean into bankruptcy late last year.
Citing a federal agency prohibition, a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday rejected long-dangling golden parachute, incentive pay and related claims filed by former executives of long-shuttered Washington Mutual Inc., freeing what had been a $66 million estate settlement reserve.
Citgo Petroleum Corp., a Houston-based oil refiner owned by Venezuela's state oil giant, said Friday it "has no intention of entering into bankruptcy proceedings" after the Wall Street Journal reported the company is considering that option amid Venezuela's political power crisis and U.S. sanctions.
ESL Investments Inc. urged a New York bankruptcy court Friday to reject objections by Sears Holding Corp.'s unsecured creditors committee to the proposed $5.2 billion sale of the company to ESL, saying it is a fair deal and will revive the retail giant.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on Friday urged an Illinois federal judge to terminate two Sears Holdings Corp. pension plans estimated to be underfunded by $1.4 billion so that the agency could take over the assets and obligations of the plans.
A Delaware judge on Friday gave his nod to Promise Healthcare Group LLC’s roughly $80 million sale of a Los Angeles-area medical center and bid procedures in connection with the planned sale of the bankrupt hospital operator’s remaining assets that have yet to be sold.
Ahead of a multiweek trial over the fairness of its plan to reorganize in Chapter 11 proceedings, Nine West Holdings Inc. said Friday that its proposal to distribute $785 million to creditors should be approved, calling it the best result reached after months of hard-fought stakeholder negotiations.
Great American Assurance Co. asked a Florida federal court Thursday to declare that it does not have to defend an accounting firm in a bankruptcy trustee's suit over a $23 million microcap scheme operated by executives at Sanomedics Inc.
Bankrupt oil storage company Fairway Energy LP told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday it has settled a dispute in its Chapter 11 over $622,000 in estimated costs to perform work at an underground storage cavern it leases.
A major Indonesian coal transporter filed for Chapter 11 for a bond-issuing subsidiary in a New York bankruptcy court Friday, saying the filing is part of a plan to restructure $437 million in debt.
A federal judge in Brooklyn has again rejected two former Platinum Partners executives' bid for a hearing on an alleged media leak of grand jury matters related to their criminal fraud case, saying new documents that the fund's founder nabbed through a Freedom of Information Act request still don’t indicate that a leak occurred.
The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday that bankrupt oil and gas companies must comply with an Alberta law requiring the decommissioning and cleanup of abandoned drilling sites before paying off creditors and that Canadian bankruptcy law doesn't shield them from those obligations.
New York City law firm Mintz & Gold LLP is expanding its square footage and its roster with the addition of four partners to bolster its white collar, media and intellectual property practices and to start a new bankruptcy practice, the firm announced Wednesday.
Coupon and customer data firm Catalina Marketing Corp.’s Chapter 11 plan was approved in Delaware Thursday, paving the way for the company to exit bankruptcy with its $1.9 billion debt load reduced to about $280 million.
Fluor Enterprises on Wednesday urged a New York bankruptcy judge not to toss its suit against Westinghouse Electric's Chapter 11 estate over $247 million in allegedly unpaid fees stemming from a pair of nuclear reactor projects, arguing that ample evidence supports its claim to the fees.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge agreed to dismiss the Chapter 11 proceedings of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. on Thursday, saying there simply was no reason to continue the case since there were no remaining assets to be distributed.
Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.
A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.
Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.
USA Gymnastics, facing over 100 lawsuits as a result of the Larry Nassar sex molestation crimes, recently filed for bankruptcy to ensure its survival. However, rather than being preserved, the organization should be replaced by a government agency that can assume financial and moral responsibility, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.
In Anderson v. Credit One Bank, the Second Circuit declined to enforce a mandatory arbitration provision, despite a long-standing U.S. Supreme Court mandate. While Anderson seems to mark a departure for bankruptcy cases with arbitration provisions, it may simply reflect a narrow exception, says Deborah Reperowitz of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.
When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.
A New York bankruptcy court's recent dismissal of Taberna Preferred Funding's involuntary Chapter 11 case reinforces the accepted principle that contractual terms are the best means for liquidating a nonrecourse securitization vehicle — good news for those interested in the stability of the collateralized debt obligation model, says James Bentley of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.
Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.
The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.
Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.