Tomorrow, October 17, 2007, marks the second anniversary of the effective date of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, known as BAPCPA.  BAPCPA was enacted primarily to make sweeping changes to the consumer provisions of the Bankruptcy Code. However, BAPCPA also made significant revisions in the business bankruptcy arena.  When it

Preference lawsuits are filed all the time in bankruptcy cases and the ordinary course of business defense is frequently asserted. Still, it’s the rare case that ends up with a federal court of appeals decision addressing jury trial rights and invalidating a bankruptcy court’s local rule. This post is about just such a case.

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On June 7, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision in the In re Hechinger Investment Company case holding that the "contemporaneous exchange for new value" defense to preference claims can apply even if the payments were made in the context of a credit arrangement. The key is whether the parties

On June 4, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit brought some additional clarity to the earmarking defense to preference claims in its decision in Metcalf v. Golden, an adversary proceeding within the In re Adbox, Inc. Chapter 7 case. In this post, I’ll give a little background on preferences and the earmarking

In a decision issued on April 3, 2007 in the In re: Ahaza Systems, Inc. case, the Ninth Circuit held that even first time transactions can qualify for the "ordinary course of business" defense to preferences. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s decision is available here.

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Scott Riddle over at the Georgia Bankruptcy Law Blog has an informative post on the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last week in the American Pad & Paper Company case. The case involved Section 546(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, which extends the standard two-year statute of limitations for bringing preference

It’s bad enough when you can’t collect everything you are owed because of a customer’s financial problems.  We’ve all faced that situation at one time or another.  Unfortunately, the U.S. Bankruptcy Code can add an entirely different wrinkle to the problem called a "preference."  (The word comes from the idea that your successful collection efforts enabled you