Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Law Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Articles 1 - 10 of 10

Full-Text Articles in Law

Bankruptcy On The Side, Kenneth Ayotte, Anthony J. Casey, David A. Skeel Jr. Oct 2016

Bankruptcy On The Side, Kenneth Ayotte, Anthony J. Casey, David A. Skeel Jr.

Kenneth Ayotte

This article provides a framework for analyzing side agreements in corporate bankruptcy, such as intercreditor and “bad boy” agreements. These agreements are controversial because they commonly include a promise by one party to remain silent – to waive some procedural right they would otherwise have under the Bankruptcy Code – at potentially crucial points in the reorganization process. Using simplified examples, we show that side agreements create benefits in some instances, but parties to a side agreement may have incentive to contract for specific performance or excessive stipulated damages that impose negative externalities on non-parties to the agreement. A promise …


The Personal Side Of Harmonizing European Insolvency Law Sep 2016

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 involved …


Business Insolvency And The Irish Debt Crisis, Paul B. Lewis Sep 2016

Business Insolvency And The Irish Debt Crisis, Paul B. Lewis

Paul Lewis

No abstract provided.


Who Gets Paid? Section 365(N) Royalty Payments Under "Zombie Licenses" After A Sale Of Ip, Christopher G. Bradley Aug 2016

Who Gets Paid? Section 365(N) Royalty Payments Under "Zombie Licenses" After A Sale Of Ip, Christopher G. Bradley

Christopher Bradley

This short article discusses the Bankruptcy Code's unusual treatment of certain intellectual property licenses. First, it gives a brief overview of § 365(n) of the Bankruptcy Code. It then provides a short analysis of a difficult but important question: If a licensee of a debtor’s intellectual property opts to retain its license rights under § 365(n), who should receive the stream of licensing payments in the event that the IP is sold: the buyer of the IP, or the debtor in bankruptcy? The answer that has emerged in some of the case law is somewhat surprising -- after providing nuanced …


Book Review: Comparative Consumer Bankruptcy, Stephanie Ben-Ishai Jul 2016

Book Review: Comparative Consumer Bankruptcy, Stephanie Ben-Ishai

Stephanie Ben-Ishai

This is a review of Comparative Consumer Bankruptcy by Jason J. Kilborn. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2007.


Treating The New European Disease Of Consumer Debt In A Post-Communist State: The Groundbreaking New Russian Personal Insolvency Law, Jason J. Kilborn Jun 2016

Treating The New European Disease Of Consumer Debt In A Post-Communist State: The Groundbreaking New Russian Personal Insolvency Law, Jason J. Kilborn

Jason Kilborn

This article examines the tumultuous transition from restrictive Communism to the debt-fueled consumer economy of modern Russia. In particular, it surveys Russia’s legal response to severe debt distress, situating it in the context of nearly one thousand years of historical development. Effective 1 October 2015, Russia finally joined most of its European neighbors in adopting a personal bankruptcy law, with characteristics that reflect both evolving international best practices and a series of lessons not learned. This article offers the first detailed exposition in English of the two steps forward represented by this new law, as well as an evaluation of …


"Deemed" Security Interests In Ucc Article 9: Avoiding Traps For The Unwary, 14 Depaul Bus. & Com. L.J. 79 (2015), Paul T. Wangerin Mar 2016

"Deemed" Security Interests In Ucc Article 9: Avoiding Traps For The Unwary, 14 Depaul Bus. & Com. L.J. 79 (2015), Paul T. Wangerin

Paul Wangerin

Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”) Section 1-201(35) provides in its detailed definition of security interests that “security interest” means “an interest in personal property or fixtures which secures payment or performance of an obligation.” Other parts of the UCC demonstrate that two relatively distinct kinds of security interests exist. First, the UCC notes that parties to transactions can create security interests by executing “security agreements.” For convenience sake, the security interests created by security agreements can be called “conventional” or “agreed upon” security interests. Second, various sections of the UCC describe security interests that come into existence by operation of law …


Pensions Or Paintings?: The Detroit Institute Of Arts From Bankruptcy To Grand Bargain, 24 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 1 (2015), Maureen Collins Jan 2016

Pensions Or Paintings?: The Detroit Institute Of Arts From Bankruptcy To Grand Bargain, 24 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 1 (2015), Maureen Collins

Maureen B. Collins

This article examines the issues faced by the City of Detroit and the Detroit Institute of Arts when Detroit filed for municipal bankruptcy. Creditors called for the sale of the highly esteemed DIA art collection to pay outstanding municipal pension obligations. The DIA and the Michigan Attorney General viewed the collection not as an asset, but as a charitable public trust. Simply put, the City faced the question of what mattered most – pensions or paintings? Along the way, the parties and courts struggled with valuation of the art collection, a history of judicial decisions and lawmaking regarding charitable trusts …


Pensions Or Paintings? The Detroit Institute Of Arts From Bankruptcy To Grand Bargain, Maureen B. Collins Jan 2016

Pensions Or Paintings? The Detroit Institute Of Arts From Bankruptcy To Grand Bargain, Maureen B. Collins

Maureen B. Collins

This article examines the issues faced by the City of Detroit and the Detroit Institute of Arts when Detroit filed for municipal bankruptcy. Creditors called for the sale of the highly esteemed DIA art collection to pay outstanding municipal pension obligations. The DIA and the Michigan Attorney General viewed the collection not as an asset, but as a charitable public trust. Simply put, the City faced the question of what mattered most – pensions or paintings? Along the way, the parties and courts struggled with valuation of the art collection, a history of judicial decisions and lawmaking regarding charitable trusts …


Of Progressive Property And Public Debt, Christopher K. Odinet Dec 2015

Of Progressive Property And Public Debt, Christopher K. Odinet

Christopher K. Odinet

Debt is property, and, because of this, property law has a lot to say about how debts are resolved. Indeed, property law is deeply woven into the fabric of the bankruptcy process — a fact that has been woefully neglected by many scholars. The ability to provide debtors with relief and the ability of creditors to demand protections from discharge or diminished payments are both concepts that are intimately tied to property law. However, despite the doctrinal workings of property law in this context, from a theoretical standpoint property law has been underutilized. This is particularly true, as this Article …