Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 3003(c)(3) provides that “the [bankruptcy] court shall fix and for cause shown may extend the time within which proofs of claim or interest may be filed.”  For various reasons, creditors sometimes miss the claims “bar date” and need to seek permission from the court to file a late filed claim

Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 2004(a) states that “[o]n motion of any party in interest, the court may order the examination of any entity.”  Courts construing Rule 2004(a) have found its scope “unfettered and broad.”  In re Washington Mutual, Inc., 408 B.R. 45, 49 (Bankr. D. Del. 2009), citing In re Bennett Funding Group,

Introduction

On May 12, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (the “District Court”) issued an opinion (the “Decision”) in the SemCrude bankruptcy in response to the SemCrude reorganized debtors’ (“Debtors”) motion to dismiss an appeal. Several of Debtors’ oil producers (the “Producers”)

Introduction

As more companies file for bankruptcy, creditors and other interested parties of a debtor must quickly familiarize themselves with the automatic stay.  Section 362(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code stays “the commencement or continuation … of a judicial, administrative, or other action or proceeding against the debtor that was or could have been commenced before

Those not familiar with the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are often surprised to learn that service by mail is sufficient in a bankruptcy proceeding.  Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 7004(b)(3) authorizes service on a corporation (foreign or domestic) within the United States by first class mail as follows:

… by mailing a copy of

Introduction

In September of this year, the Honorable Mary F. Walrath, the presiding Judge in the DHP Holdings bankruptcy, issued a decision addressing  the effect of a forum selection clause when deciding a motion to change venue.  This issue came before the court in an adversary action filed by DHP against The Home Depot.  After

Introduction

On August 20, 2010, Petroflow Energy Ltd. (“Petroflow”), filed a petition for bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  Months prior to Petroflow’s filing for bankruptcy, the company’s subsidiaries, North American Petroleum Corporation USA and Prize Petroleum LLC, filed petitions for bankruptcy in Delaware.  After Petroflow filed for

Introduction

On August 4, Judge Mary F. Walrath issued an opinion in the Eclipse Aviation bankruptcy that discusses the scope of the Court’s subject matter jurisdiction.  This issue – the subject matter jurisdiction of the bankruptcy courts – comes up less frequently in decisions than issues such as plan confirmation, relief from stay or avoidance

Introduction

Section 548 of the United States Bankruptcy Code allows for the avoidance of transfers that are either intentionally or constructively fraudulent.  Section 548 provides, in relevant part, as follows:

(a)(1)  The trustee may avoid any transfer … of an interest of the debtor in property, or any obligation … incurred by the debtor, that