Garlock Sealing Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - (Mealey's) Garlock Sealing Technologies on June 5 filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina to establish a trust to resolve all current and future asbestos claims against it ( In re Garlock Sealing...

Judge Denies Quigley Company's Plan Of Reorganization

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Finding that Pfizer Inc. manipulated creditor votes in seeking support for a plan of reorganization for its wholly owned subsidiary Quigley Co. Inc., a New York bankruptcy judge on Sept. 8 denied Quigley's plan of reorganization to resolve its asbestos liabilities ( In re...

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Leslie Controls' Plan Of Reorganization

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) The Delaware bankruptcy judge overseeing Leslie Control Inc.'s Chapter 11 case confirmed Leslie's plan of reorganization on Oct. 28 ( In Re: Leslie Controls Inc. , No. 10-12199-CSS, Del. Bkcy.). U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the District...

W.R. Grace, Insurers Reach $84 Million Settlement

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) After a hearing Jan. 10, the bankruptcy judge overseeing W.R. Grace & Co.'s Chapter 11 case in a Delaware bankruptcy court approved an $84 million settlement between the company and a group of insurers to resolve asbestos-related liability coverage disputes ...

Bankruptcy Judge Recommends Approval Of W.R. Grace's Reorganization Plan

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware on Jan. 31 resolved the last objections to W.R. Grace & Co.'s Chapter 11 joint plan of reorganization and recommended that the district court approve the plan ( In re: W.R. Grace & Co., et al. , No. 01-1139, D. Del....

Federal Judge Affirms Leslie Controls' Reorganization Plan

WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal judge on Feb. 7 affirmed an amended plan of reorganization in Leslie Controls Inc.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case ( In re: Leslie Controls, Inc. , No. 1:11-mc-00013, D. Del.). Judge Jerome B. Simandle issued an order in the U.S. District Court for the District...

General Motors' Asbestos Liability Set At $625 Million

NEW YORK -- A New York federal bankruptcy judge approved an agreement on Feb. 14 in General Motors Corp.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case that fixes the debtors' aggregate liability for asbestos personal injury claims at $625 million ( In re: Motors Liquidation Co., et al. , No. 09-50026, S.D. N...

Bankruptcy Judge Again Denies Confirmation Of Pittsburgh Corning's Reorganization Plan

PITTSBURGH - (Mealey's) Changes that Pittsburgh Corning Corp. (PCC) made to its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization following denial of plan confirmation in 2006 have not made the plan confirmable, though the plan's problems can still be fixed, a Pennsylvania federal bankruptcy judge held June...

9th Circuit: Insurers Have Standing To Object To Thorpe's Confirmed Reorganization Plan

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) Because Thorpe Insulation Co.'s Chapter 11 plan of reorganization could harm insurance companies, the plan is not "insurance neutral" and, therefore, the insurers have standing to object to it, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Jan. 24 in reversing...

Delaware Federal Judge Overrules Objections, Confirms W.R. Grace's Chapter 11 Plan

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) A Delaware federal judge on Jan. 30 overruled all remaining objections to W.R. Grace & Co.'s Chapter 11 plan of reorganization and confirmed the plan, which includes establishment of a trust to pay asbestos personal injury claims having an estimated total value...

3rd Circuit Upholds Conversion Of Skinner Bankruptcy To Chapter 7

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) A bankruptcy court has the authority to determine at the disclosure statement stage that a Chapter 11 reorganization plan is unconfirmable without first holding a confirmation hearing if it is obvious that the plan is patently unconfirmable, the Third Circuit U.S. Court...

Delaware Federal Judge Grants Debtor Access To Asbestos Claimant Information

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) A Delaware federal judge on March 1 ruled that Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC can obtain documents filed by asbestos claimants' attorneys in nine other asbestos-related bankruptcy cases, finding that a bankruptcy judge erred and abused her discretion...

Bankruptcy Judge Sets Specialty Products' Asbestos Liability At $1.16 Billion

WILMINGTON, Del. -- (Mealey's) Former joint compound producer Bondex International Inc. and its related holding company Specialty Products Holding Corp. face an estimated $1.16 billion in pending and future asbestos personal injury claims, about double what the companies estimate their asbestos liabilities...

Pfizer Faces Asbestos Actions After Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 denied a bid for certiorari by Pfizer Inc. of a ruling removing the protection for Pfizer of a bankruptcy injunction barring asbestos personal injury claims entered in the case of a defunct Pfizer subsidiary ( Pfizer Inc. v. Law Offices...

Asbestos Litigation, Attorney Advertising & Bankruptcy Trusts: The Economic Incentives Behind The New Recruitment Of Lung Cancer Cases

By Marc C. Scarcella, Peter R. Kelso, and Joseph Cagnoli, Jr. [Editor's Note: Marc C. Scarcella and Peter R. Kelso, Managers at the Washington, D.C., office of Bates White Economic Consulting. Joseph Cagnoli, Jr., Shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney...

Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts: A 2013 Overview Of Trust Assets, Compensation & Governance

By Marc C. Scarcella and Peter R. Kelso [Editor's Note: Marc C. Scarcella and Peter R. Kelso, Managers at the Washington, DC office of Bates White Economic Consulting. The views of the authors do not reflect the opinions of their firm, their clients, or Mealey's Publications. © 2013 by...

2nd Circuit: Bankruptcy Court Order Final; Insurers’ Deals With Asbestos Claimants Valid

NEW YORK — (Mealey's) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 22 reinstated a federal bankruptcy court ruling requiring two insurance companies to pay $510 million to asbestos personal injury plaintiffs under decades-old settlements, finding that conditions precedent to payment under...

Supreme Court To Decide If Bankruptcy Lawyers Can Get Fees For Pursuing Bonus Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 2 agreed to decide whether the U.S. Bankruptcy Code gives bankruptcy courts discretion to award lawyers their fees for successfully defending applications for enhanced attorney fees ( Baker Botts, LLP, et al. v. ASARCO, LLC , No...