Every Rose Has Its Thorn: Involuntary Bankruptcy Petitions

On April 16, 2019 ruling in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas in the case of In re: Essential Financial Education, Inc. held that an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed under 11 U.S.C. §303 may not dismissed when it serves a legitimate purpose and is not merely an extension of a two-party dispute. The Essential Financial…

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Energy-Related Bankruptcies On The Rise: Protecting Oil & Gas Royalty Interests

With the recent uptick in energy-related bankruptcies expected to continue for the foreseeable future (in one prominent example, industry giant Weatherford has just filed for Chapter 11 protection), oil and gas royalty owners need to be on alert. Because companies in financial distress usually fall behind on royalty payments, royalty owners, usually one of the largest…

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Public Safety Comes First – Duties And Obligations Of Ombudsmen In Healthcare Bankruptcies

Healthcare bankruptcies present unique challenges in addition to financial restructuring. An immediate concern that must be addressed in these cases is the ability of the debtor to provide, and continue to provide, adequate services to existing and future patients. Having been involved in numerous healthcare matters filed under both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11, I know first-hand…

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