NEWARK, N.J. - Three former producers of asbestos products are contractually barred from pursuing breach of contract claims against fellow asbestos producer G-I Holdings Inc. in G-I's Chapter 11 case, a New Jersey federal judge held June 26 in affirming a bankruptcy judge's award of summary judgment to G-I on the claims (In re: G-I Holdings, Inc., et al., Nos. 01-30135 and 01-38790, D. N.J. Bkcy. $(United States Gypsum Company, et al. v. G-I Holdings, Inc., No. 2:12-cv-06933, D. N.J.$)).
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Asbestos claimants in the Chapter 11 case of United Gilsonite Laboratories (UGL) on June 24 sought permission from a Pennsylvania federal bankruptcy court to pursue fraudulent conveyance and breach of fiduciary duty claims against the family-owned company's officer as part of the claimants' plan of reorganization for UGL that includes selling the business (In re: United Gilsonite Laboratories, 11-2032, M.D. Pa. Bkcy.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - The federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the Chapter 15 proceeding of Elpida Memory Inc. on June 25 approved Micron Technology Inc.'s 200 billion yen Japanese reorganization plan, which will give Micron control of all of Elpida's U.S. assets (In Re: Elpida Memory Inc., No. 12-10947, Chapter 15, D. Del. Bkcy.).
ATLANTA - A panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 26 affirmed a bankruptcy court's ruling and held that a debtor who filed his bankruptcy to avoid paying a state court judgment against him had filed his petition in bad faith (Craig Piazza v. Nueterra Healthcare Physical Therapy LLC $(In Re: Craig Piazza$), No. 12-12899, Chapter 7, 11th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 13072).
CHICAGO - A divided panel of the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 26 reversed and remanded a district court ruling and a bankruptcy court ruling and held that a company aided and abetted an employee of a bankrupt company in breaching his fiduciary duty; therefore, the bankrupt company was entitled to damages (Pro-Pac Inc v. WOW Logistics Company, No. 12-2976, Chapter 11, 7th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 13052).
NEW YORK - The MF Global Assurance Co. Ltd. (MFGA), the authorized agency for making insurance payments for the defense costs of officers of bankrupt MF Global Holdings Ltd. (MFGH), on June 25 filed a brief in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York arguing that the Bankruptcy Court should lift the automatic stay to allow a $10 million increase in the cap amount that governs how much MFGA is permitted to pay (In Re: MF Global Holdings Ltd., No. 11-15059, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy. and In Re: MF Global Inc., No 11-2790, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).
NEW YORK - Bankrupt Eastman Kodak Co. on June 25 filed a brief arguing that a bankruptcy court should authorize it to conduct a rights offering in conjunction with its first amended Chapter 11 plan of reorganization because the company has made an additional $8 million available to creditors, which is "reasonable" (In Re: Eastman Kodak Company, No. 12-10202, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).
SAN FRANCISCO - A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 21 ruled that a subcontractor was entitled to post-petition interest on a judgment it was awarded against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) despite the fact that the DOE is a creditor in the bankruptcy of another contractor, finding that the award did not jeopardize the ability of creditors to collect on their claims against the bankruptcy estate (Ground Improvement Techniques Inc v. The Plan Committee $(In The Matter Of: Washington Group International Inc.$), No. 11-17447, Chapter 11, 9th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 12772).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A group of creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of AFA Investments Inc., the maker of the "pink slime" beef additive, on June 24 filed a brief objecting to a global settlement AFA is proposing on the grounds that the company lacks legal basis for paying $1.65 million to members of a class that has sued it in separate litigation under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act (In Re: AFA Investment Inc., No. 12-11127, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 of Peter G. Angelos, No. 12-300, U.S. Sup.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A creditor of bankrupt Revstone Industries LLC on June 21 filed a brief in bankruptcy court objecting to Revstone's motion seeking approval to sell the assets of its subsidiary Contech Castings LLC on grounds that the assets are not part of the bankruptcy estate and the issue is "not ripe for adjudication" (In Re: Revstone Industries LLC, No. 12-13262, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).
CHICAGO - A panel of the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 21 affirmed the dismissal of a $17 million legal malpractice case against law firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw related to the advice it gave a company in bankruptcy (David E. Grochocinski v. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, No. 10-2057, Chapter 7, 7th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 12728).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 granted certiorari in a case dealing with the questions of whether Article III of the U.S. Constitution permits the exercise of the judicial power of the United States by bankruptcy courts on the basis of litigant consent and whether a bankruptcy court may submit proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law for de novo review by a district court in a "core" proceeding under 28 U.S. Code Section 157(b) (Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkinson, No. 12-1200, U.S. Sup.).
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The trustee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding of Rothstein, Rosenfeldt Adler (RRA), the former law firm of convicted Ponzi scheme operator Scott Rothstein, on June 21 filed a brief in bankruptcy court arguing that certain creditors known as the Levy parties "misrepresent" terms of a settlement they had with the trustee and wrongfully oppose the RRA plan of liquidation (In Re: Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, No. 09-34791, Chapter 11, S.D. Fla. Bkcy.).
TRENTON, N.J. - Asbestos claims against a bankrupt insured manufacturer are not covered under excess comprehensive general liability insurance policies issued by its insolvent insurer, the New Jersey Supreme Court held June 19, finding that the doctrine of collateral estoppel applies (In the matter of the liquidation of Integrity Insurance Co./The Celotex Asbestos Trust, No. 068970, N.J. Sup.; 2013 N.J. LEXIS 588).
NEW YORK - A panel of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 20 ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to hear a debtor's appeal of a nondischargeability ruling in her Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding because she failed to properly appeal the bankruptcy court's decision (Gail K. Bugnacki v. Caroll M. Rzasa $(In Re: Gail K. Bugnacki$), No. 12-2490, Chapter 7, 2nd Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 12633).
NEW YORK - The federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the Chapter 11 proceeding of pharmaceutical company K-V Discovery Solutions Inc. on June 20 granted a motion by bankrupt K-V and approved a $3 million settlement between the company and the State of Texas pertaining to alleged overpricing of medication (In Re: K-V Discovery Solutions Inc., No. 12-13346, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge on June 20 granted relief from the automatic stay in The Flintkote Co.'s Chapter 11 case so that Flintkote and certain London market insurance companies can participate in binding arbitration to resolve disputes over insurance coverage for asbestos bodily injury claims (In re: The Flintkote Co., et al., No. 04-11300, D. Del. Bkcy.).
NEW YORK - Bankrupt Residential Capital (ResCap) on June 20 filed a brief in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York arguing that the $200 million in claims filed by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) should be dismissed or disallowed (In Re: Residential Capital LLC, No. 12-12020, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A federal judge in Tennessee on June 19 found that bankrupt GMAC Home Mortgage Corp. did not wrongfully move for foreclosure against a couple who failed to make loan payments (Carl G. Nichols III v. GMAC Home Mortgage Corporation, No. 10-02072, W.D. Tenn.).
NEW YORK - A New York federal bankruptcy judge on June 17 ordered a New Jersey law firm to show cause why its brief opposing confirmation of a plan of reorganization for Chapter 11 debtor Quigley Co. Inc., filed on the verge of the plan confirmation hearing, should not be stricken (In re Quigley Company Inc., No. 04-15739, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - Specialty Products Holding Corp. and Bondex International Inc. on June 18 sought to appeal directly to the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals a Delaware federal bankruptcy court ruling setting their asbestos liabilities at $1.16 billion, saying "prompt guidance" from the appellate court is needed to resolve an issue at the heart of the debtors' bankruptcy case and important to the public (In re: Specialty Products Holding Corp., et al., No. 10-11780, D. Del. Bkcy.).
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Allegations by Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC that attorneys fraudulently obtained a settlement from Garlock for a mesothelioma victim should be dismissed because Garlock fails to provide evidence to create a genuine issue of material fact for a claim of fraud, the attorneys say June 14 in their second bid for summary judgment in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court (Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, et al. v. Chandler, et al., No. 12-03137, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - AFA Investment Inc., the maker of the so-called pink slime additive used in some ground beef, on June 14 moved for approval of a revised global settlement in which a class of claimants who asserted violations of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act would receive $1.65 million (In Re: AFA Investment Inc., No. 12-11127, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bank of America National Association, the indenture trustee for short-term notes issued by a division of bankrupt mortgage company Taylor Bean Whitaker Mortgage Corp. (TBW), on June 17 filed a brief opposing a motion to dismiss the bank's lawsuit against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and asserting its right to $1.7 billion in funds related to the TBW bankruptcy (Bank of America National Association v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, No. 10-01681, D. D.C.).