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Showing 23 posts recarding Judge Kevin Gross.

Trustee’s Claims Against Insiders For Their Action (or Inaction) in the Face of Insolvency Survives Motion to Dismiss Despite Exculpation, Business Judgement, and Deeping Insolvency Defenses

Stanziale v. Versa Capital Mgmt., LLC (In re Simplexity, LLC), Case No. 14-10569 (KG), 2017 WL 65069 (Bankr. D. Del. Jan. 5, 2017)

According to the Chapter 7 Trustee of Simplexity, LLC (“Simplexity” and together with its affiliated debtors, the “Debtors”), numerous insiders of Simplexity (the “Defendants”) breached their fiduciary duties by refusing to seek bankruptcy protection for Simplexity when faced with actions by Simplexity’s lender, including the threat to sweep all available funds, thereby failing to preserve the value of the Debtors and exposing Simplexity to employment related claims.  In this Memorandum Opinion, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court resisted the Defendants’ arguments to dismiss the Trustee’s claims. Read More ›

Lack of “Scientific Certainty” Does Not Excuse Late Filing of a Proof of Claim

In re W.R. Grace & Co., No. 01-1139 (KG) (Bankr. D. Del. Dec. 28, 2016)

In this Opinion involving the standards for determining whether a party held an asbestos claim and excusable neglect for filing a late claim, the Court rejected Plum Creek Timber Co.’s (the “Claimant”) argument that it lacked “scientific certainty” with respect to its asbestos-related claim against W.R. Grace & Co. (together with its affiliated debtors, the “Debtors”).  Where the Claimant received actual and publication notice of the bar date in the case, the Court found the Claimant should have timely filed its claim even if it was contingent at the time of filing.  The Court also held that the Claimant did not satisfy the standards for excusable neglect and, as a result, granted the Debtors’ motion to enforce the discharge and injunction. Read More ›

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Holds Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Does Not Bar a Litigation Trust, as a Creditor-Assignee, From Asserting State Law Constructive Fraudulent Transfer Claims

PAH Litig. Trust v. Water Street Healthcare Partners, L.P. (In re Physiotherapy Holdings, Inc.), No. 15-51238 (KG), 2016 WL 3611831 (Bankr. D. Del. June 20, 2016)

In rendering this Opinion and permitting a post-confirmation trust to pursue state law constructive fraudulent transfer claims against two former shareholders of debtor Physiotherapy Holdings, Inc. (“Physiotherapy”), the Honorable Kevin Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court eschewed the recent holding of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code preempts not only state law fraudulent transfer claims brought by trustees in bankruptcy, but also those brought by creditors. Read More ›

Unredeemed Gift Cards are Not Entitled to Priority Status Under Bankruptcy Code 507(a)(7)

In re City Sports, Inc., No. 15-12054 (KG), 2016 WL 4190090 (Bankr. D. Del. Aug. 4, 2016)

In what the Bankruptcy Court deemed a purely academic issue given the circumstances of the City Sports bankruptcy cases, Judge Gross held that unredeemed gift cards are not entitled to priority status, and instead, are properly classified as general unsecured claims.  In so doing, Judge Gross rejected and disagreed with a previous holding of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court wherein the court found that gift cards fall under the definition of “deposit” and accorded them priority status under the Bankruptcy Code.  See In re WW Warehouse, Inc., 313 B.R. 588, 592 (Bankr. D. Del. 2004) (Rosenthal, J.).  This lengthy Opinion dissects the plain meaning of Bankruptcy Code section 507(a)(7) and related case law before delving into the legislative history for further support. Read More ›

Motion to Transfer Denied, Bankruptcy Court Stresses Adverse Impact of Transfer and Relative Ease of Appearing in Delaware

In re Restaurants Acquisition I, LLC, Case No. 15-12406 (KG), 2016 WL 855089 (Bankr. D. Del. Mar. 4, 2016)

In this Memorandum Opinion, Judge Gross denied a motion to transfer venue to the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas brought by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Texas Workforce Commission (the “Movants”).  The Court recognized the strong interest in resolving state tax disputes in a local forum, but explained that the analysis must be viewed from the lens of all interested parties, with the primary focus concerning the economic administration of the estate and the impact on a debtor’s efforts to reorganize if transferred. Read More ›

The Insider’s Scoop: Boomerang Tube is the Law in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court

In re Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Case No. 15-12533 (KG) (Bankr. D. Del. Feb. 26, 2016)

In re Newbury Common Assocs., LLC, Case No. 15-12507 (LSS) (Bankr. D. Del. Feb. 29, 2016)

On February 26, 2016, the Honorable Kevin Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court was asked to weigh in on the attorneys’ fees issue recently addressed in Judge Walrath’s Opinion in Boomerang Tube. Read More ›

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Walks “Interpretive Tightrope” Between Automatic Stay And The Norris-La Guardia Act

In re Trump Entm’t Resorts, Inc., No. 14-12103 (KG) (Bankr. D. Del. July 21, 2015)

Aligning itself with Sixth and Second Circuit law, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court ruled that activities described in, and protected by, the Norris-La Guardia Act (“NLA”) do not constitute violations of the automatic stay under Bankruptcy Code section 362.  Although wrestling to reconcile the two statutes, an anti-injunction labor law on the one hand and a broad bankruptcy-based injunction statute on the other, the Bankruptcy Court relied on the uncontroverted congressional intent that the automatic stay cannot enjoin certain NLA protected activities, and instructed the Debtors to “lodge their complaint” with Congress.  Op. at 23. Read More ›

UPDATE – Bankruptcy Court Continues To Urge Nortel Parties To Come To An Agreement

In re Nortel Networks, Inc., Case No. 09-10138 (KG) (Bankr. D. Del. July 6, 2015)

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court heard day-long argument on eight issues raised in motions for reconsideration of the Court’s recent Allocation Opinion—previously discussed here—and issued a Memorandum Order denying reargument on two issues, granting minor clarifications to the Allocation Opinion on four issues, and denying reargument as premature on two issues. Read More ›

Prepetition Representation Of Both LLC And Its Sole Member Did Not Disqualify Law Firm From Representing Sole Member In Post-Petition Adversary Proceeding

Stanziale v. MILK072011, LLC (In re Golden Guernsey Dairy, LLC), Adv. No. 14-50953 (KG), 2015 WL 3669932 (Bankr. D. Del. June 12, 2015)

In this Opinion, Delaware Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross refused to disqualify a law firm under Model Rules of Professional Conduct (“MRPC”) 1.7 and 1.9 from representing the sole member of an LLC in an adversary proceeding where it previously represented both the member company and the LLC in pre-petition unrelated matters. Read More ›

The Assets of “One Nortel” To Be Allocated Equitably On A Modified Pro Rata Basis

In re Nortel Networks, Inc., Case No. 09-10138 (KG), 2015 WL 2374351 (Bankr. D. Del. May 12, 2015)

In an “unprecedented, complex, and massive dispute involving highly integrated multinational enterprises,” Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, along with Justice Newbould of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List), issued simultaneous opinions after a truly unique twenty-one day cross-border trial, determining how to allocate $7.3 billion to creditors of Nortel Networks Corporation (“NNC”), the indirect parent of more than 130 subsidiaries, located in more than 100 countries.  Consistent with its unprecedented nature, Judge Gross ruled that a modified pro rata allocation of the funds is required, which by his own admission is “an extraordinary result.”  Op. at 111. Read More ›