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  1. Enough With the Fees-on-Fees Already: ASARCO Really Means What It Says

    March 18, 2016

    We previously posted here and here and here about chapter 11 law firms seeking to be paid their “fees-on-fees” in defending against objections to their fee applications. While the Supremes said “no” in the ASARCO decision, lawyers will be lawyers and they have tried several times to contract around ASARCO. The latest attempt was in New Gulf Resources, LLC, where debtor counsel attempted to contract for a 10% fee premium unless the firm did not incur material fees and expenses in defending against objections to its fee applications. more…

  2. “A Major Leap Forward for Australian Insolvency Laws”

    February 26, 2016

    Australia is making several significant reforms to its insolvency legislation – with more changes likely to come – to provide much-needed comfort for directors and to align legislation on ipso facto clauses in order to prevent contractual terminations simply as a result of the commencement of an insolvency proceeding. (See the Productivity Commission Report on Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure (available here)). more…

  3. Two Recent Delaware Decisions Further Illustrate the Scope of Section 220 Discovery

    February 25, 2016

    Two recent Delaware Court of Chancery decisions demonstrate that narrow statutory standards continue to govern access to corporate books and records pursuant to Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law.  In the wake of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW, 95 A.3d 1264 (Del. 2014), legitimate questions existed regarding whether the Delaware Supreme Court’s decision might usher in an era of expansive Section 220 discovery.  See Michael C. Hefter, Ryan M. Philp & Kate E. Olivieri, Scope of Section 220 Discovery After ‘Wal-Mart’, N.Y. L.J., July 13, 2015, at S8.  However, cases following the Wal-Mart decision suggested that the far-reaching access granted in that case was a product of exceptional circumstances that allowed the plaintiffs to leverage unusually strong evidence of officer and director wrongdoing.  Id. at S9.   more…

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Within these pages
I am born anew, my soul
no longer adrift


Coltrane conveys me
to dimly lit surroundings
and memories of her


In its abstraction
I see into my own soul
and rejoice at life

Tarnished Reputation

A butterfly
Pinned down
Faded beauty

Chapter 11 Alphabet


Global Warming 2016

Of course it is real
Inexhaustible hot air
From the candidates

Just Sue Me

Litigation fest
Can’t we all just get along?
Lawyers churning fees

Rigs in Repose

Waves gently lapping
Steel giants peacefully sway
No drilling today

Allowed Make-Whole Claims

As rare as hen’s teeth
Language must be crystal clear
Seems it never is


The stockings are stuffed
Too much coal, too much distress
Chapter 11

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Evan D. Flaschen

As Blogger-in-Chief Evan Flaschen approaches his office in his signature Tommy Bahama shirt, shorts and sandals, the classic Ozzy Osbourne song “Crazy Train” is cranked to 11. With a 7-foot giraffe statue peering over one shoulder, a life-size Abe Lincoln cut-out over the other and Bloomberg news on his wall TV, Evan sits in front of his four computer screens, two speakerphones and wireless headset and takes on the restructuring world with a passion and a smile. (more…)


Mark E. Dendinger

The ability to excel in golf certainly lends itself to the ability to excel in other technically complex pursuits—like the practice of law. Why? According to golf guru Jim Flick, “Golf is 90 percent mental,…and the other 10 percent is mental.”  (more…)

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Kurt A. Mayr

While Kurt Mayr successfully cut his legal teeth in the dog-eat-dog world of “Big Law” on Wall Street, he has another side too. Kurt enjoys spending his spare time at his family’s Vermont farmhouse, built in 1763, where he pursues his other passion, woodworking.  (more…)


David L. Lawton

A childhood case of glossophilia led David Lawton on a journey to five continents, where he spent time studying languages, immersion-style. Notably, he spent nearly five years as a bon vivant in France earning a License ès Lettres from Université de Montpellier III, where he helped lead the basketball team to the national tournament semi-finals. (more…)

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