SAN FRANCISCO - A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 28 ruled that a bankruptcy judge who refused to recuse himself from a bankruptcy proceeding did not abuse his discretion when he presided over both the bankruptcy of Vickie Lynn Marshall, also known as Anna Nicole Smith, and that of another potential heir to the estate of J. Howard Marshall II, his son J. Howard Marshall III (Elaine T. Marshall v. J. Howard Marshall III $(In the Matter Of: J. Howard Marshall III$), No. 09-55573, Chapter 11, 9th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 13398).
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Bankrupt Jefferson County, Ala., on June 30 filed is Chapter 9 plan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama in which JPMorgan Chase Bank would agree to reduce its $3.2 billion in claims to $1.9 billion in order for the county to emerge from bankruptcy (In Re: Jefferson County, Ala., No. 11-5736, Chapter 9, N.D. Ala. Bkcy.).
CHICAGO - A panel of the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 28 ruled that tax credits sought by the State of Illinois from a now-bankrupt company were not available based on amendments to the state's public utilities law (State of Illinois v. Chiplease Inc. $(In Re: Resource Technology Corp.$), No. 11-1633, Chapter 7, 7th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 13271).
ST. LOUIS - A panel of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 28 ruled that the City of St. Paul, Minn., and U.S. marshals did not violate a man's constitutional rights when they forced him to vacate a property in which a bankruptcy court had determined he could no longer live based on a long-standing ownership dispute in two bankruptcies that had been filed by his parents (Andrew Will Alexander v. John A. Hedback, No. 12-2834, Chapter 11, 8th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 13302).
ST. LOUIS - A split panel of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 27 upheld a sanctions award for a debtor couple who contended that a company that bid on their house at auction had violated the automatic stay in moving for the auction in the first place (Richard P. Garden v. Central Nebraska Housing Corp., No. 12-2344, Chapter 7, 8th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 13200).
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - TD Bank NA, a creditor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler (RRA), on June 27 moved in bankruptcy court for an order that would deny a motion to compel filed by other creditors that were victims of the Ponzi scheme run by Scott Rothstein, on grounds the bank should not be forced to answer the interrogatories posed by the Ponzi scheme victims (In Re: Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, No. 09-34791, Chapter 11, S.D. Fla. Bkcy.).
NEW YORK - The federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the Chapter 11 proceeding of Residential Capital LLC (ResCap) on June 27 approved a plan supplement agreement (PSA) without which he said the case would "return to square one" (In Re: Residential Capital LLC, No. 12-12020, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).
NEW YORK - The U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on June 27 filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that Jon S. Corzine, as CEO of bankrupt MF Global Holdings Ltd. (MFGH), is legally responsible for MFGH's misuse of $952 million in customer money that was invested with the firm. The complaint also names MFGH's assistant treasurer Edith O'Brien as a defendant (U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission v. MF Global Inc., et al., No. 13-4463, S.D. N.Y.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - The Department of the Treasury for the State of Michigan (DOT) on June 27 filed a brief in the bankruptcy of video game maker THQ Inc., arguing that its plan of liquidation violates the federal Tax Injunction Act, 28 U.S. Code Section 1341, and therefore should be denied (In Re: THQ Inc., No. 12-13398, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).
NEW YORK - U.S. Bank National Association, a creditor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, on June 27 filed a brief objecting to the firm's motion to disallow in its entirety the bank's claim for more than $7.89 million, arguing that the amount it seeks is supported by the agreement the two parties signed prior to the firm's bankruptcy filing (In Re: Dewey & LeBoeuf, No. 12-12321, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).
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).