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How Many #Followers Do You Have?: Evaluating The Rise Of Social Media And Issues Concerning In Re Ctli’S Determination That Social Media Accounts Are Property Of The Estate, Patricia A. Leeson 2017 The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

How Many #Followers Do You Have?: Evaluating The Rise Of Social Media And Issues Concerning In Re Ctli’S Determination That Social Media Accounts Are Property Of The Estate, Patricia A. Leeson

Catholic University Law Review

With the rise of social media use, legal disputes have surfaced with litigants looking to the courts to determine issues of ownership and legal authority. As a matter of first impression, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Texas held that a Twitter and Facebook social media account were to be regarded as property of the estate pursuant to Section 541 of the Bankruptcy Code. The court analogized the social media accounts to subscriber lists because they provide valuable access to customers. Although the court addressed the question of whether social media applications are to be regarded as property in bankruptcy ...


Puerto Rico And The Netherworld Of Sovereign Debt Restructuring, Robert K. Rasmussen, Mitu Gulati 2017 University of Southern California

Puerto Rico And The Netherworld Of Sovereign Debt Restructuring, Robert K. Rasmussen, Mitu Gulati

University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series

Puerto Rico has incurred debt well beyond its ability to repay. It attempted to address its fiscal woes through legislation allowing the restructuring of some its debt. The Supreme Court put a stop to this effort, holding that Congress in the Bankruptcy Code barred the Commonwealth from enacting its own restructuring regime. Yet all agreed that the Bankruptcy Code did not provide anything in its place. While Congress quickly enacted PROMESA in an attempt to address the Puerto Rico’s fiscal ills, we explore in this paper whether Congress has the power to bar Puerto Rico from enacting a restructuring ...


Rethinking Criminal Contempt In The Bankruptcy Courts, John A. E. Pottow, Jason S. Levin 2017 University of Michigan Law School

Rethinking Criminal Contempt In The Bankruptcy Courts, John A. E. Pottow, Jason S. Levin

Law & Economics Working Papers

A surprising number of courts believe that bankruptcy judges lack authority to impose criminal contempt sanctions. We attempt to rectify this misunderstanding with a march through the historical treatment of contempt-like powers in bankruptcy, the painful statutory history of the 1978 Bankruptcy Code (including the exciting history of likely repealed 28 U.S.C. § 1481), and the various apposite rules of procedure. (Fans of the All Writs Act will delight in its inclusion.) But the principal service we offer to the bankruptcy community is dismantling the ubiquitous and persistent belief that there is some form of constitutional infirmity with "mere ...


The New Bond Workouts, William W. Bratton, Adam J. Levitin 2017 University of Pennsylvania Law School

The New Bond Workouts, William W. Bratton, Adam J. Levitin

Faculty Scholarship

Bond workouts are a famously dysfunctional method of debt restructuring, ridden with opportunistic and coercive behavior by bondholders and bond issuers. Yet since 2008 bond workouts have quietly started to work. A cognizable portion of the restructuring market has shifted from bankruptcy court to out-of-court workouts by way of exchange offers made only to large institutional investors. The new workouts feature a battery of strong-arm tactics by bond issuers, and aggrieved bondholders have complained in court. The result has been a new, broad reading of the primary law governing workouts, section 316(b) of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 ...


The Empty Idea Of “Equality Of Creditors”, David A. Skeel Jr. 2017 University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Empty Idea Of “Equality Of Creditors”, David A. Skeel Jr.

Faculty Scholarship

For two hundred years, the equality of creditors norm—the idea that similarly situated creditors should be treated similarly—has been widely viewed as the most important principle in American bankruptcy law, rivaled only by our commitment to a fresh start for honest but unfortunate debtors. I argue in this Article that the accolades are misplaced. Although the equality norm once was a rough proxy for legitimate concerns, such as curbing self-dealing, it no longer plays this role. Nor does it serve any other beneficial purpose.

Part I of this Article traces the historical emergence and evolution of the equality ...


The Role Of History And Culture In Developing Bankruptcy And Insolvency Systems: The Perils Of Legal Transplantation, Nathalie Martin 2017 Selected Works

The Role Of History And Culture In Developing Bankruptcy And Insolvency Systems: The Perils Of Legal Transplantation, Nathalie Martin

Nathalie Martin

In this Article, Professor Nathalie Martin examines societal attitudes toward debt and financial failure in the context of two global trends, the liberalization of bankruptcy and insolvency laws, and the increased availability of consumer credit around the world. The Article begins with a description of the history of the U.S. economy, its risk-oriented capitalist ethos, its consumer culture, and its resulting consumer and business bankruptcy laws. The Article next briefly addresses the personal bankruptcy systems of Continental Europe, noting that in some places, U.S.-style bankruptcy systems have been enacted but not necessarily accepted. Professor Martin then discusses ...


The Pasts Fickle Shadow A California Divide Over The Business Records Exception.Pdf, Amir Shachmurove 2016 United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana

The Pasts Fickle Shadow A California Divide Over The Business Records Exception.Pdf, Amir Shachmurove

Amir Shachmurove

In 2015, the interpretive tranquility that had come to typify the jurisprudence surrounding one of the most well-rooted hearsay exceptions—the business records one (“BRE”)—was suddenly ruptured. In that year, in Sierra Managed Asset Plan, LLC v. Hale (“Hale”) and Unifund CCR LLC v. Dear (“Unifund”), two appellate divisions of the Superior Court of California issued conflicting opinions as to whether a debt assignee may demonstrate the BRE’s elements under California Evidence Code § 1271, thereby conclusively proving its prima facie case, with no more than a declaration of the assignee’s custodian of records. Hale, soon followed by ...


Bankruptcy: Where Attorneys Can Lose Big Even If They Win Big, Stanislav Veyber 2016 Brooklyn Law School

Bankruptcy: Where Attorneys Can Lose Big Even If They Win Big, Stanislav Veyber

Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law

Historically, bankruptcy attorneys received the short end of the stick and were paid less for their services than attorneys in other fields of law. With the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, Congress attempted to reduce the discrepancy in compensation. However, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Baker Botts v. ASARCO; L.L.C., the playing field remains unequal for bankruptcy attorneys. Following this decision, if a debtor disputes their attorney’s fee application, attorneys are at a disadvantage and cannot recover fees for defending their fee application. As a result, bankruptcy attorneys take an effective pay cut if they ...


Understanding Wellness International Network, Ltd. V. Sharif: The Problems With Allowing Parties To Impliedly Consent To Bankruptcy Court Adjudication Of Stern Claims, Elizabeth Jackson 2016 Brooklyn Law School

Understanding Wellness International Network, Ltd. V. Sharif: The Problems With Allowing Parties To Impliedly Consent To Bankruptcy Court Adjudication Of Stern Claims, Elizabeth Jackson

Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law

The 2011 Supreme Court case Stern v. Marshall defined which claims bankruptcy courts had the authority to adjudicate, but it’s complicated holding left lower courts perplexed. Specifically, the Stern decision created “Stern claims”—claims that bankruptcy courts have the statutory, but not the constitutional, authority to adjudicate. Subsequent cases, such as Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison and Wellness International Network, Ltd. v. Sharif, have grappled with whether Stern claims should be treated as “core” claims, which bankruptcy courts can enter final judgments on, or “non-core” claims, which bankruptcy courts can only enter final judgments on if the litigating ...


Robbing Your Rival's Piggybank: The Third Circuit Affirms Bad Faith Dismissals In Involuntary Bankruptcies After In Re Forever Green Athletic Fields, Inc., Nathan L. Rudy 2016 Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Robbing Your Rival's Piggybank: The Third Circuit Affirms Bad Faith Dismissals In Involuntary Bankruptcies After In Re Forever Green Athletic Fields, Inc., Nathan L. Rudy

Villanova Law Review

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Kaplan V. Dutra, 132 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 80 (Dec. 1, 2016) (En Banc), Hayley Cummings 2016 Nevada Law Journal

Kaplan V. Dutra, 132 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 80 (Dec. 1, 2016) (En Banc), Hayley Cummings

Nevada Supreme Court Summaries

The Court, sitting en banc, reviewed a certified question from the United States Bankruptcy Court, determining that under NRS 21.010(1)(u) a debtor is entitled to a personal injury exemption of $16,150 for each personal injury claim.


Governmental Intervention In An Economic Crisis, Robert Rasmussen, David A. Skeel Jr. 2016 University of Southern California

Governmental Intervention In An Economic Crisis, Robert Rasmussen, David A. Skeel Jr.

University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series

This paper articulates a framework both for assessing the various government bailouts that took place at the onset of Great Recession and for guiding future rescue efforts when they become necessary. The goals for those engineering a bailout should be to be as transparent as possible, to articulate clearly the reason for the intervention, to respect existing priorities among investors, to exercise control only at the top level where such efforts can be seen by the public, and to exit as soon as possible. By these metrics, some of the recent bailouts should be applauded, while others fell short. We ...


Excessive State Debt: A New Approach To A Growing Problem, Vincent Buccola 2016 University of Pennsylvania

Excessive State Debt: A New Approach To A Growing Problem, Vincent Buccola

Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative

Economists and political observers agree state governments defaulting on their debt obligations is a growing concern. How best to aid struggling states, however, is a point of contention. This Issue Brief makes a case against ex post restructuring measures, specifically bankruptcy modeled on Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and in favor of ex ante debt mitigation action. In particular, it introduces tax-credit borrowing (TCB) as a potential commitment device for states that would allow for the creation of super-priority, risk-free debt. TCB ensures that states internalize the risk of default and avoids the moral hazard problem of ...


Superamento Dei Limiti Di Finanziabilità Nel Mutuo Fondiario Ed Effetti Sul Contratto, Valerio Sangiovanni 2016 Selected Works

Superamento Dei Limiti Di Finanziabilità Nel Mutuo Fondiario Ed Effetti Sul Contratto, Valerio Sangiovanni

Valerio Sangiovanni

Real Estate Mortgage Loans


Student Loans And Surmountable Access-To-Justice Barriers, Jason Iuliano 2016 University of Florida Levin College of Law

Student Loans And Surmountable Access-To-Justice Barriers, Jason Iuliano

Florida Law Review

Findings and conclusions from the 2012 American Bankruptcy Law Journal Study and Response to Professor Rafael I. Pardo’s latest piece, The Undue Hardship Thicket: On Access to Justice, Procedural Noncompliance, and Pollutive Litigation in Bankruptcy.


Who Owns Kim Basinger? The Right Of Publicity's Place In The Bankruptcy System, Jody C. Campbell 2016 University of Georgia School of Law

Who Owns Kim Basinger? The Right Of Publicity's Place In The Bankruptcy System, Jody C. Campbell

Journal of Intellectual Property Law

No abstract provided.


Art & The “Public Trust” In Municipal Bankruptcy, Brian L. Frye 2016 University of Kentucky College of Law

Art & The “Public Trust” In Municipal Bankruptcy, Brian L. Frye

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

In 2013, the City of Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy action in United States history, affecting about $20 billion in municipal debt. Unusually, Detroit owned its municipal art museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts (“DIA”) and all of the works of art in the DIA collection, which were potentially worth billions of dollars. Detroit’s creditors wanted Detroit to sell the DIA art in order to satisfy its debts. Key to the confirmation of Detroit’s plan of adjustment was the DIA settlement, under which Detroit agreed to sell the DIA art to the DIA corporation in exchange for ...


The Personal Side Of Harmonizing European Insolvency Law, 2016 Selected Works

The Personal Side Of Harmonizing European Insolvency Law

Jason Kilborn

This article advances detailed proposals for a European Personal Insolvency Directive as part of the European Commission’s ongoing insolvency initiative. The Commission has been struggling with soft coordination of insolvency proceedings under the divergent national laws in the EU since 2000, and in 2012, it began taking steps toward substantive harmonization of these laws. A process firmly concentrated on business restructuring has recently expanded to personal insolvency writ large, including consumer debtors. On both business and personal procedures, the Commission has announced that a legislative instrument is forthcoming by the end of 2016. The process thus far, however, has ...


La Preuve Dans Le Droit Ohada Des Entreprises En Difficultés, Julien Coomlan Hounkpe 2016 University of Abomey Calavi, Benin

La Preuve Dans Le Droit Ohada Des Entreprises En Difficultés, Julien Coomlan Hounkpe

Julien Coomlan Hounkpe

Un nouvel Acte uniforme portant procédures collectives d'apurement du passif est entré en vigueur le 24 décembre 2015 dans l’espace OHADA. La liberté de preuve qui a valeur principielle en droit commercial, connait des aménagements dans le nouveau droit des entreprises en difficulté.       


Sovereign Debt: Now What?, Anna Gelpern 2016 Georgetown University Law Center

Sovereign Debt: Now What?, Anna Gelpern

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

The sovereign debt restructuring regime looks like it is coming apart. Changing patterns of capital flows, old creditors’ weakening commitment to past practices, and other stakeholders’ inability to take over, or coalesce behind a viable alternative, have challenged the regime from the moment it took shape in the mid-1990s. By 2016, its survival cannot be taken for granted. Crises in Argentina, Greece, and Ukraine since 2010 exposed the regime’s perennial failures and new shortcomings. Until an alternative emerges, there may be messier, more protracted restructurings, more demands on public resources, and more pressure on national courts to intervene in ...


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