Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fifth Circuit Report: June 2015

This month's Fifth Circuit report doesn't have a lot of bankruptcy sizzle:  an interesting case on abstention and remand,  two unpublished cases about how not to reserve a claim under a plan and a case about suing a trustee.   However, there are some fascinating cases about lenders, liens, fraudulent transfers, the Texas Debt Collection Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.    The big news here is that the Fifth Circuit vacated its Golf Channel decision and instead certified the question to the Texas Supreme Court.   Here are June's decisions.   (Click on the style of the case to go to the actual opinions).

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Supreme Court Says Lawyers Don't Get Paid for Defending Their Fees

A Texas law firm did a great job and beat back a punitive attack on their fees.   However, the Supreme Court has ruled that they may not receive compensation for defending their work.   Baker Botts, LLP v. ASARCO, LLC, No. 14-103 (6/15/15).


I have previously talked about the case here.   As a result, I will just give the Cliff's Notes version of the facts.  Baker Botts delivered remarkable results in their representation of ASARCO, LLC.   However, when the party they had sued gained control of the Debtor, they faced a withering attack on their fees.   In response to discovery requests, they produced 2,350 boxes of documents and 189 GB of electronic data.    The trial on their fees took six days.   All of this defense did not come cheap.   The firm spent $5 million of time litigating their fees.     

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Sale Watch: Esco Marine, Inc.

Case No. 15-20107; Esco Marine, Inc.; Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division

Bidding Procedures Order:   Dkt. #260; 6/26/15

Assets to be Sold:    Assets of Debtors other than Chapter 5 causes of action, claims against insiders, unscheduled or undisclosed assets, cash