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Showing 4 posts in Equitable Subordination.

Tidbits From The Delaware Bankruptcy Court On In Pari Delicto and Equitable Subordination

Lightsway Litig. Servs., LLC v. Yung (In re Tropicana Enter., LLC), Adv. No. 10-50289 (KJC), 2014 WL 6704445 (Bankr. D. Del. Nov. 25, 2014)

In this Memorandum, the Honorable Kevin J. Carey disposes of certain claims against William J. Yung III (“Yung”), the former director and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment LLC (with its affiliated entities, the “Debtors”) and certain entities controlled by Yung, Wimar Tahoe Corporation (“Wimar”), the parent corporation of the Debtors, and Columbia Sussex Corporation (“Columbia” and together with Wimar and Yung, the “Defendants”).  Notably, the Court discusses—albeit briefly—two developing legal concepts in the Third Circuit and elsewhere:  the in pari delicto defense and equitable subordination. Read More ›

Equitable Subordination Relief Granted; Recharacterization Relief Denied

U.S. v. State Street Bank and Trust Co., as Trustee for Junior Subordinated Secured PIK Notes, et al. (In re Scott Cable Communications, Inc.), Adv. Proc. No. 01-4605 (KJC), 2014 WL 5298031 (Bankr. D. Del. Oct. 15, 2014).

This recent and lengthy 90-page Opinion by the Honorable Kevin J. Carey arises from the chapter 11 proceedings of Scott Cable Communications, Inc. (“Scott Cable” or the “Company”) and concerns an adversary complaint in which the United States of America, on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service (the “Government” or the “IRS”), sought to recharacterize or equitably subordinate certain secured notes issued in 1996 as part of a chapter 11 reorganization plan.  The secured notes were issued to two classes of creditors and known as “Series A Junior PIK Notes” and “Series B Junior PIK Notes.”  Pursuant to the Order, the Government’s request to recharacterize the Series A Junior PIK Notes as preferred equity instruments of Scott Cable was denied, but the Government’s request to equitably subordinate the Series A Junior PIK Notes to the administrative claims of federal and state taxing authorities was granted.  The Government’s request to recharacterize or equitably subordinate the Series B Junior PIK Notes was denied. Read More ›

Delaware District Court Holds Subordination Agreements Enforceable to Subordinate Junior Secured Creditor’s Timely Filed Claim to Those Tardily Filed by a Senior Secured Creditor

Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. v. Miller (In re Franklin Bank Corp.), No. 13-1713-RGA, 2014 WL 3611596 (D. Del. July 21, 2014)

In this Memorandum Opinion, Judge Andrews of Delaware’s District Court vacated an order of the Bankruptcy Court and held that a secured creditor who tardily filed its claims years after the applicable bar date did not waive its ability to enforce subordination agreements to subordinate a junior secured creditor’s timely filed claims.  The District Court further held that, despite the Bankruptcy Court’s contrary ruling, the senior creditor’s failure to act more quickly did not support equitable subordination of its claims under Bankruptcy Code section 510(c). Read More ›

Derivative Standing to Pursue Recharacterization, Equitable Subordination, and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims on behalf of Debtors Optim Energy, LLC Denied by Bankruptcy Court

In re Optim Energy, LLC, No. 14-10262 (BLS), 2014 WL 1924908 (Bankr. D.  Del. May 13, 2014)

On May 13, 2014, the Honorable Brendan L. Shannon issued an Opinion denying an unsecured creditor’s request for derivative standing to pursue claims on behalf of debtor Optim Energy, LLC (“Optim Energy”) and its affiliated debtors (collectively, the “Debtors”) for recharacterization, equitable subordination, and breach of fiduciary duties against direct and indirect non-debtor owners, ECJV Holdings, LLC (“ECJV”) and Cascade Investments, L.L.C. (“Cascade”).  Walnut Creek Mining Company (“Walnut Creek”), the Debtors’ largest non-insider general unsecured creditor, alleged that the insiders engaged in a scheme that transformed them from 100% equity holders to senior secured lenders holding claims in excess of $700 million secured by first priority liens on substantially all of the Debtors’ assets. Read More ›