34th Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Seminar Materials

Publication Date: September 2019
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This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from a September 2019 seminar, the region’s premier advanced bankruptcy law program.

Table of Contents

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Sarah B. Boehm
Rosa J. Evergreen


I. Recent Supreme Court Cases
        A. Supreme Court Decisions
        B. Supreme Court Cases with Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pending
        C. Recent Supreme Court Cases with Petition for Writ of Certiorari
        Denied

II. Recent Fourth Circuit Decisions

III. Recent District Court Decisions (Eastern and Western Districts of
Virginia)

IV. Recent Bankruptcy Court Decisions (Eastern and Western Districts of
Virginia)

V. Recent Other Circuit Decisions (Other Circuit, District, and Bankruptcy
Court Decisions)
        A. Circuit Decisions
        B. District Decisions
        C. Bankruptcy Court Decisions

ETHICS: HOW LAWYERS GET IN TROUBLE - HOW TO STAY OUT
OF TROUBLE

Hon. J. Craig Whitley
Margaret K. Garber
Richard C. Maxwell


I. Guiding Principles

II. How Lawyers Get in Trouble

III. In Re Burton
        A. Jacquelyn Cureton
        B. Jerry McDougle
        C. Ricky Peete
        D. Julio and Beth Silva
        E. Tonya McCray
        F. Charmaine Hernandez
        G. Calvin and Victoria Scott
        H. Alice Ross
        I. Court’s Findings and Rulings

IV. In Re Banner
        A. Facts
        B. Court’s Rulings

V. BK Racing, Inc.

VI. Conflicts of Interest - Lessons Learned from in re Employee
Services.Net, Inc./EEPayroll Services, LLC

VII. Burton and Beyond

THE U.S. ECONOMY - FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS
Douglas M. Foley
John B. Jung, Jr.


COMMERCIAL BREAKOUT TOPIC 1
THE SHIFTING SANDS OF CORPORATE FIDUCIARY DUTIES IN
INSOLVENCY: BEST PRACTICES, THE ROLE OF INDEPENDENT
DIRECTORS, AND POTENTIAL PITFALLS IN D&O INSURANCE
LITIGATION

Hon. Michelle M. Harner
Erika L. Morabito
Stanley J. Samorajczyk


COMMERCIAL BREAKOUT TOPIC 2
THE AUTHORITY AND LIMITS OF SECTION 363

Tyler P. Brown
Hon. Keith L. Phillips

I. Sales Outside of the Ordinary Course of Business
        A. Authority
        B. What Makes Section 363 Sales Better than Sales Outside of
        Bankruptcy?
        C. Limits of the Benefits of Section 363 Transactions
        D. Credit Bidding Under Section 363(k)
        E. Sales of Leases and Sales Free and Clear of Leases
        F. Sale of Interests in Consumer Credit Transactions
        G. Collusion

II. Sales and other Transactions in the Ordinary Course of Business
        A. Authority
        B. Use of Cash Collateral
        C. Finality of Sales and Statutory Mootness Under Section
        363(m)
    
CONSUMER BREAKOUT TOPIC 1:
WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS ON THE OTHER SIDE:
LITIGATION INVOLVING THE GOVERNMENT

Hon. Brian F. Kenney
Kieran Carter
Hannah W. Hutman

Federal Tax Liens, Notice Requirements, and Service on the United States
        A. Notice fo the Internal Revenue Service of a New Petition Filed
        B. Service on the United States and Internal Revenue Service in Adversary
        Proceedings
        C. Federal Tax Liens
        D. Priority Tax Claim
        E. Helpful Information

Bankruptcy Code Section 362(b)(26)
        A. Section 362(b)(26)
        B. The Requirement that Both Debts Arise Pre-Petition
        C. The Mutuality Requirement - The Government as a Single Entity

The Battle of the Code Sections: 522 v. 553

I. Common (yet simplified) Fact Pattern

II. The Current State of the Law

III. Analysis of the Relevant Statutory Provisions
        A. Sovereign Immunity
        B. Setoff
        C. Exemption

IV. Reconciling the Conflict

CONSUMER BREAKOUT TOPIC 2:
CAN YOU UNRING THE FORECLOSURE BELL? CAN YOU SAVE A
HOME AFTER A PRE-BANKRUPTCY FORECLOSURE?

Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly
Edward C. Boltz
Nancy R. Schlichting


Actions Against Mortgage Companies: Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction
Over Mortgage Challenges


I. Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction and Authority
        A. Statutory Jurisdiction in General
        B. “Related to” the Bankruptcy Case
        C. District Court May Refer Proceedings (as well as cases) to
        Bankruptcy Court
        D. Constitutional Authority
        E. Alternatives if Jurisdiction Does Not Exist in the Bankruptcy
        Court

II. Actions Against Mortgage Companies
        F. Fair Debt Collection Practices (FDCPA) Claims
        G. Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Claims
        H. Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Claims

III. Recent Bankruptcy Caselaw Addressing Mortgage Claims

The General Specific: The N.C. Supreme Court Decision in re Foreclosure
of Lucks


Strategies in Foreclosure: Pre and Post Bankruptcy

HOT TOPICS IN BANKRUPTCY
Hon. Paul M. Black
Kelly M. Barnhart
Christopher A. Jones


I. Legislative Update
        A. The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019
        B. The Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need
        (“HAVEN”) Act
        C. Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019
        D. National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act

II. Receivables Financing - Is this Just a Loan?

III. Revisiting Jevic’s Impact on Plans and the Priority of Payments

IV. Treasury Offset Program vs. Exemption Rights: Copely v. United
States, Case No. 18-2347 (4th Circ.) (Pending)

V. Can “Special Circumstances” Justify Ignoring the Requirement for
Three Petitioning Creditors?

VI. What is “Applicable Law” for Section 544(b) Purposes?

VII. Can You Use a Section 341 Transcript or Rule 2004 Transcript for
Summary Judgment?
        A. BancorpSouth Bank v. Avery (In re Avery), 594 B.R. 655 (Bankr.
        S.D. Miss. 2018)
        B. Stasz v. Gonzalez (In re Stasz), Nos. CC-06-1380-BPaMa,
        CC-06-1381-BPaMa, 2007 WL 7370101 (B.A.P. 9th Cir.
        Aug. 9, 2007)
        C. Key Bank of Maine v. Jost (In re Jost), 136 F.3d 1455 (11th Cir.
        1998)
        D. Various Other Cases
        E. Other Resources

VIII. “When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Do You Take It?” -
Removal of State Court Actions to Bankruptcy Court
        A. Removal of Cases to Bankruptcy Court in General
        B. Where Should the Removal Notice Be Filed?
        C. What Are the Lessons Here?

IX. Do Managers of an LLC Have a Fiduciary Duty to Creditors?

X. The Moving Target Known as “Judicial Estoppel”
        A. Adequacy of Disclosure
        B. Intent
        C. Intent - and Standing, with a Twist

XI. Litigation Funding Legislation/Update
        A. Consumer Protection Approach
        B. The Business Protection Approach

XII. Circuits Split on Bankruptcy Jurisdiction for Social Security, Medicare
Suits

XIII. Shutting it Down - Automatic Stay Issues When Creditors Use
Technology to Force Payment

THE REJECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LICENSES
IN BANKRUPTCY

Michael St. Patrick Baxter
Lynn L. Tavenner


I. Introduction

II. The Lubrizol Decision

III. Scope and Limitations of Section 365(n)

IV. Rejection of Trademark Licenses

V. Practice Tips Drafting License Agreements

JUDGES’ ROUNDTABLE
Hon. Paul M. Black
Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly
Hon. Brian F. Kenney
Hon. Keith L. Phillips
Hon. J. Craig Whitley
Elizabeth L. Gunn


A. Sanctions and Violation of Discharge Order

B. Surviving Entities and Preferential Transfers

C. Earmarking Doctrine and Lien Avoidance

D. § 1322 and Bifurcation of Undersecured Home Mortgage Loans -7

E. The Continuing Saga of Truland: Joint Check Agreements and
Preferences

F. Professional Retention Disclosure Issues - McKinsey and J. Alix VIII-11

G. United States Trustee Fee Increase Effective Date

ETHICS: FEE ARRANGEMENTS, FACTORING, LITIGATION FUNDING,
AND GETTING PAID

Michael St. Patrick Baxter
Elizabeth L. Gunn
Dylan G. Trache

I. Third Party Litigation Finance/Funding (“Litigation Finance”)
        A. Types of Litigation Finance IX-1
        B. Historical Context -2
        C. Many of These Principles Survive in the United States Today IX-3
        D. Some Ethical Considerations in Litigation Finance -5
        E. Other Considerations IX-9
        F. Attorney Fee “Financing” in Consumer Cases? Issues of
        Bifurcating Cases

Authors

Sarah B. Boehm

Rosa J. Evergreen

Hon. J. Craig Whitley

Margaret K. Garber

Richard C. Maxwell

Douglas M. Foley

John B. Jung, Jr.

Hon. Michelle M. Harner

Erika L. Morabito

Stanley J. Samorajczyk

Tyler P. Brown

Hon. Keith L. Phillips

Hon. Brian F. Kenney

Kieran Carter

Hannah W. Hutman

Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly

Edward C. Boltz

Nancy R. Schlichting

Hon. Paul M. Black

Kelly M. Barnhart

Christopher A. Jones

Michael St. Patrick Baxter

Lynn L. Tavenner

Hon. Paul M. Black

Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly

Hon. Brian F. Kenney

Hon. Keith L. Phillips

Hon. J. Craig Whitley

Elizabeth L. Gunn

Michael St. Patrick Baxter

Elizabeth L. Gunn

Dylan G. Trache

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