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    U.S. Trustee: $15 Million Sought For Financial Advisers Of AMR Not Justified

    NEW YORK - The U.S. trustee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines Inc., on May 2 objected to the application of AMR and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (the committee) seeking approval of $15 million for two separate firms that act as AMR's financial advisers (In Re: AMR Corporation, No. 11-15463, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    Patent Claim For More Than $4.12 Million Against K-V Discovery Is Valid, Lab Says

    NEW YORK - A pharmaceutical laboratory on May 1 filed a brief opposing bankrupt K-V Discovery Solutions Inc.'s attempt to reclassify certain bankruptcy claims, arguing that it has a valid claim for more than $4.12 million related to a patent that it says a division of K-V Discovery infringed (In Re: K-V Discovery Solutions Inc., No. 12-13346, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    Reorganization Plans For GIT, NARCO Become Effective

    PITTSBURGH - The plans of reorganization for refractory products manufacturers Global Industrial Technologies Inc. (GIT) and North American Refractories Co. (NARCO), which include multimillion-dollar trusts to pay asbestos and silica personal injury claims, became effective April 30, more than 11 years after the companies filed Chapter 11 petitions, according to notices filed May 1 in a Pennsylvania federal bankruptcy court (In re: Global Industrial Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 02-21626, and In re: North American Refractories Co., et al., W.D. Pa. Bkcy.).

    Creditors: MF Global Plan Of Liquidation Violates Code; Bankruptcy Court Erred

    NEW YORK - Creditors Sapere Wealth Management LLC, Granite Asset Management and Sapere CTA Fund L.P. (collectively, the Sapere entities) on May 2 filed a statement of issues on appeal pertaining to the bankruptcy court's confirmation of the plan of liquidation proposed by MF Global Holdings Ltd. (MFGH), contending the plan violates the Bankruptcy Code (In Re: MF Global Holdings Ltd., No. 11-15059, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    Dewey & LeBoeuf Executives: $19.5M Deal With Insurer Lacks 'Supportable Basis'

    NEW YORK - Two former executives with bankrupt law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf on May 2 filed a brief objecting to the more than $19.5 million settlement reached among the Dewey & LeBoeuf Liquidation Trust, XL Specialty Insurance Co. and Steven H. Davis, on grounds that the liquidating trustee has failed to provide any evidence in supporting the deal other than his own "self-serving, conclusory statements" that the agreement is favorable to the liquidation trust (In Re: Dewey & LeBoeuf, No. 12-12321, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    2nd Circuit Affirms $33.72M Kodak Award In Asia Optical Patent Dispute

    NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 1 affirmed a ruling by a district court awarding bankrupt Eastman Kodak Co. more than $33.72 million in a patent licensing dispute with Asia Optical (Eastman Kodak Company v. Asia Optical Company Inc., No. 3206, 2nd Cir.).

    Nortel: $7.5B Asset Appeal 'Premature'; 3rd Circuit Certification Unwarranted

    WILMINGTON, Del. - Bankrupt Nortel Networks Inc. on May 1 objected to the motion filed by joint administrators of Nortel's bankruptcy estate pertaining to the allocation of $7.5 billion in asset sale proceeds, contending that the interlocutory appeal should not be certified directly to the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (In Re: Nortel Networks Inc., No. 09-10138, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).

    Bankruptcy Judge Proposes Dismissal Of Insolvent Insurer's Breach Of Duty Claim

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida bankruptcy judge on April 30 proposed that an insolvent insurer's breach of fiduciary duty claim against its former director be dismissed based on a lack of personal jurisdiction (British American Insurance Company Ltd. v. Robert Fullerton, et al., No. 11-03118, S.D. Fla. Bkcy.; 2013 Bankr. LEXIS 1755).

    Court: Bankrupt Company Must Find Someone Who Can Verify Responses

    LOS ANGELES - A judge must rule on a response to a request for admissions as unverified unless a bankrupt and dissolved asbestos defendant appoints someone with the power to decide whether its attorney may verify the response and thus waive attorney-client privilege, a California appeals panel held April 30 (Mary Melendrez, et al. v. Superior Court of State of California, County of Los Angeles, Special Electric Co. Inc., No. B243320, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 3; 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 343).

    3rd Circuit: Debtor Fails To State 'Substantial Question' In Bankruptcy Appeal

    PHILADELPHIA - A panel of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 1 refused to hear a debtor's appeal that a district court improperly denied her motion to stay eviction proceedings against her, ruling that she failed to demonstrate "a substantial question" of law that needs to be resolved (In Re: Cheryl Lucretia Springs, No. 13-1306, Chapter 7, 3rd Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 8872).

    Kodak, Kyocera Settle Patent Dispute For $4.95 Million

    NEW YORK - Kyocera Corp. on May 1 agreed to pay $4.95 million to bankrupt Eastman Kodak Co. to settle patent infringement claims and unconditionally release both parties from future litigation pertaining to the patents at issue (Kyocera Corporation v. Eastman Kodak Company $(In Re: Eastman Kodak Company$), Adv. No. 13-01093, No. 12-10202, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    11th Circuit: Creditors That Filed Involuntary Bankruptcy Required To Post Bond

    ATLANTA - A panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 1 affirmed a bankruptcy court's decision that required creditors who had filed an involuntary bankruptcy to post a $100,000 bond (Fisher Island Limited v. Fisher Island Investments Inc., No. 12-13045, Chapter 11, 11th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 8856).

    Flintkote Says Former Parent's Objections To Reorganization Plan Are Self-Serving

    WILMINGTON, Del. - The former parent of Chapter 11 debtor The Flintkote Co. is not concerned about asbestos personal injury claimants and is objecting to Flintkote's plan of reorganization merely to use the bankruptcy case to its own litigation advantage, Flintkote says in an April 29 brief in the former parent's Delaware federal court appeal of the plan's confirmation (In re: The Flintkote Co., et al. [Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited, et al. v. The Flintkote Company, et al., No. 13-227, D. Del.]).

    Kodak Reorganization Plan: $49.2M In Claims Fully Paid; Others Partially Recovered

    NEW YORK - Bankrupt Eastman Kodak Co. on April 30 filed its joint plan of reorganization, which would pay priority claims and secured claims in full, for a total recovery of $49.2 million, while the recovery of $2.8 billion in general unsecured claims is projected to be better than if Kodak converted the case to Chapter 7 liquidation (In Re: Eastman Kodak Company, No. 12-10202, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    Bankruptcy Judge: Committee Not Required To Provide RDA Confidential Information

    NEW YORK - The federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the Chapter 11 proceeding of RDA Holding Co., the company that owns Readers' Digest publications, on April 30 ruled that the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors is not authorized or required to provide access to confidential or privileged information (In Re: RDA Holding Co., No. 13-22233, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    9th Circuit: Transfer Of More Than $11.99 Million May Have Been Fraudulent

    SAN FRANCISCO - A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 30 vacated and remanded to a district court a case involving a trustee's complaint that a debtor company made a fraudulent transfer greater than $11.99 million, ruling that the district court did not apply the correct standard in its initial ruling (Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the Estate of Fitness Holdings International Inc. v. Hancock Park Capital II [In the Matter of: Fitness Holdings International Inc], No. 11-56677, Chapter 11, 9th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 8729).

    Committee In B456 Case Says GM's Claim Greater Than $27.91M Is 'Deficient'

    WILMINGTON, Del. - The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of B456 Systems Inc., the renamed version of alternative energy company A123 Systems, on April 29 filed a brief objecting to a more than $27.91 million claim asserted by General Motors LLC that alleges breach of contract (In Re: B456 Systems Inc., No. 12-12859, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).

    Lenders In K-V Discovery Case: Disclosure Proper; Reorganization Should Proceed

    NEW YORK - The post-petition lenders and a group of senior noteholders in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of pharmaceutical company K-V Discovery Solutions Inc. on April 25 filed a brief arguing that the bankruptcy court should approve their disclosure statement for the reorganization plan because it complies with the Bankruptcy Code (In Re: K-V Discovery Solutions Inc., No. 12-13346, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    Kodak Plans To Sell Imaging Businesses To Settle $2.8B In U.K. Pension Claims

    NEW YORK - Bankrupt Eastman Kodak Co. on April 29 announced that it has reached a comprehensive settlement agreement with the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), its largest creditor, which will settle $2.8 billion in claims held by KPP against Kodak by transferring ownership of Kodak's personalized-imaging and document-imaging businesses to KPP (In Re: Eastman Kodak Company, No.12-10202, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    6th Circuit Approves Couple's Mobile Home Debt Cramdown, Chapter 13 Plan

    CINCINNATI - A panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 26 overruled a bankruptcy court and affirmed a debtor couple's Chapter 13 payment plan that proposed cramming down the debt on its mobile home (James A. Wallingford v. Green Tree Servicing LLC [In Re: James A. Wallingford], No. 12-4174, Chapter 13, 6th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 8586).

    Supreme Court Will Not Hear Equitable Mootness Doctrine Appeal By Debenture Trust

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on April 29 denied a petition for certiorari in which a debenture trust company argued that the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals inappropriately applied the doctrine of equitable mootness in affirming a bankruptcy court's decision that overruled its objections to the reorganization plan of Charter Communications Inc. (Law Debenture Trust Co. v. Charter Communications Inc., No. 12-847, Chapter 11, U.S. Sup.).

    AMR Says $3.25B In Financing Needed As It Tries To Exit Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    NEW YORK - Bankrupt AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines Inc., on April 25 moved in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for approval of its request for $3.25 billion in exit financing (In Re: AMR Corp., No. 11-15463, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    U.S. Trustee: Atari Bonuses Should Be Denied As 'Primarily Retentive'

    NEW YORK - The U.S. trustee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of video game maker Atari Inc. on April 24 filed a brief objecting to the company's plan to pay bonuses to key employees on grounds that the benchmarks for determining whether those bonuses should be paid were not challenging enough (In Re: Atari Inc., No. 13-10176, Chapter 11, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    8th Circuit: Debtor Fails To Show Undue Hardship; Loans Not Discharged

    ST. LOUIS - A panel of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 25 affirmed a bankruptcy court's decision that a debtor was not entitled to discharge of his student loan obligations based on an "undue hardship" (Erik J. Nielsen v. ACS Inc. $(In Re: Erik J. Nielsen$), No. 12-2925, Chapter 13, 8th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 8373).

    Bankrupt Recycling Company Synagro Seeks Up To $2.64M In Employee Bonuses

    WILMINGTON, Del. - Bankrupt Synagro Technologies Inc., which bills itself as the largest recycler of biosolids and organic residuals in the country, on April 25 moved in a bankruptcy court for approval of what could amount to more than $2.64 million in bonuses for executives and designated key employees (In Re: Synagro Technologies Inc., No. 13-11041, Chapter 11, D. Del. Bkcy.).