2nd Circuit

District Judge Rakoff Explains Why the Debtor Alone May Assert a Cure Claim

A creditor can’t assert a cure claim, even though Section 365(b) doesn’t give the counterparty the sole right to demand a cure on assumption of an executory contract.

Second Circuit Makes Taggart Applicable to All Contempt Citations in Bankruptcy Court

Even for egregious, repeated violations of Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1, the bankruptcy court may only award recovery of economic losses, never punitive damages.
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All Private Student Loans Are Not Excepted from Discharge, Second Circuit Holds

No circuit split: The Second Circuit agrees with the Fifth and Tenth Circuits that only a subset of private student loans is automatically nondischargeable.
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Being an ‘Officer’ Disqualifies Someone from a KERP, New York District Judge Says

Officers are presumptively disqualified from KERPs, “absent a strong showing that they do not perform any significant role in management,” a district judge in New York says.

IRA Withdrawals Aren’t Protected from Madoff Fraudulent Transfer Judgments

Madoff defendant socked with $280,000 in prejudgment interest for relitigating issues decided long ago.

Filing Chapter 15 as a ‘Litigation Tactic’ Didn’t Bar ‘Foreign Main Recognition’

Bankruptcy Judge Garrity didn’t impose a good faith filing requirement onto foreign main recognition of a chapter 15 case.

The Pleading and Proof Required for Claims Against a Subsequent Transferee

Read Judge Grossman’s opinion as though it were a final exam question to see how many issues you spot and whether you come up with the correct answers.

Judge Glenn Explains When Structured Dismissals and Comfort Orders Are Ok

Jevic didn’t ban structured dismissals when there is no violation of the rules of priority and the alternatives would create greater administrative insolvency.

Treble Damages for ‘Willfulness’ Won’t Automatically Result in Nondischargeability

The lack of specific findings of fact by the arbitrator meant that a treble damage award for willful breach of contract was dischargeable.

Circuits Are Now Split on the Constitutionality of the 2018 Increase in U.S. Trustee Fees

The Second Circuit split with the Fourth and Fifth Circuits by holding that the increase in fees for the U.S. Trustee system was unconstitutional because it was not imposed simultaneously in the two states with bankruptcy administrators.
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