3M CEO Ordered To Personally Attend Mediation Sessions (In re 3M Combat Earplug Litigation)

In-person involvement (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson 3M’s Chief Executive Officer “must personally attend, and listen and engage directly with the mediators.” From mediation Order entered May 19, 2023, in In re 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 3740 (Doc. 3740), by U.S. District Court in Northern Florida. Wow!  That’s... Continue Reading →

A Missing Piece in Subchapter V Eligibility & A Potential Work-Around

A missing piece? (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson One of the missing pieces in Subchapter V is this: it’s easier for a corporate business to meet the “engaged in commercial or business activities” standard for eligibility than it is for an individual owner/guarantor of that business. Here’s how one court describes the missing... Continue Reading →

Subchapter V: Providing Hope To Formerly Successful Entrepreneurs

Hope?! (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson The Bankruptcy Code's Subchapter V provides hope to formerly successful entrepreneurs. It's a hope that never before existed. I'll try to explain. Formerly Successful Entrepreneurs – A Historical Problem The Bankruptcy Code became effective in October of 1979. And I’ve been practicing under the Bankruptcy Code from... Continue Reading →

Working Together: A Previously Successful Business’s General Counsel and Distressed-Debt Counsel

Working together? (photo by Grant Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Answers to these two questions can get tricky: When should a previously successful business engage distress-debt counsel? What is the role of the business’s general counsel once that happens? Second Question: Role Here’s the answer to the second question first:  The business’s general counsel needs to... Continue Reading →

Student Loans Take Another Bankruptcy Hit: This Time On Subchapter V Eligibility (In re Reis)

A direct hit (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson The hits keep coming for student loans in bankruptcy. This time the hit is this: student loans for attending medical school do not qualify as “commercial or business” loans for Subchapter V eligibility. The central finding, for a medical student who worked as an employee... Continue Reading →

How the “Engaged In” Standard For Subchapter V Eligibility Is Easily Satsified (In re Robinson)

Easily satisfied? (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Is a debtor “engaged in commercial or business activities” for Subchapter V eligibility? Such question has been addressed on many occasions and by many courts.  The trend seems to be toward a conclusion that the nature and quantity of “commercial or business activities” required for Subchapter... Continue Reading →

Proposed Uniform Commercial Code Amendments: A South Dakota Road Bump & A Proposed Solution

By: Donald L Swanson The 2022 Amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code were proposed as, and expected to be, a non-partisan and apolitical piece of legislation. Road Bump That expectation met a road bump in South Dakota when the proposed Amendments were adopted by both the House and Senate—but then vetoed by the Governor.  The Governor... Continue Reading →

Does Bankruptcy Code Waive Tribal Sovereign Immunity? (Lac Du Flabeau Band v. Coughlin—Oral Arguments At U.S. Supreme Court)

Tribal sovereignty (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Oral arguments occur on April 24, 2023, before the U.S. Supreme Court in Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Coughlin, Case No 22-227.  Here is a link to the oral arguments transcript. What follows is an attempt to, (i) summarize the facts... Continue Reading →

Required Disclosure Of “Last Offers” By Mediating Parties (In re Genesis Global)

Disclosure? (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson “within three (3) business days of termination of the mediation, the Debtors shall publicly disclose the terms of the last offers extended by each of the Mediation Parties, respectively.”[Fn. 1] Say what!? Whoever heard of such a thing—a requirement that the “last offers” of the mediating parties... Continue Reading →

Bad Faith Bankruptcy Filing & Dismissal: An Illustration (In re Obstetric and Gynecologic Associates)

Bad faith intentions? (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Dismissal of a bankruptcy—for bad faith filing—is a rarity. So, how a bankruptcy court grapples with the bad faith issue . . . and ends up dismissing the bankruptcy . . . can provide a lesson for us all. What follows is a summary of... Continue Reading →

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