The Honorable Christopher S. Sontchi

On October 14, 2015, Affirmative Insurance Holdings, Inc. and 7 affiliates filed for relief under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.  The cases are jointly administered under Case Number 15-12136 and presided over by Judge Christopher S. Sontchi.  The first day hearing was held on October 19, 2015.  The second day hearing is scheduled for

In an 18 page opinion released December 18, 2014 in the Conex Holdings bankruptcy (Bank. D. Del. 11-10501), Judge Sontchi of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court analyzed the “ordinary course of dealings” defense to a preference action between the Debtors and Industrial Specialists Inc, the preference defendant (“Defendant”), in granting summary judgment in favor of the

In a 27 page opinion released October 23, 2014 in the Conex Holdings case (Bank. D. Del. 11-10501), Judge Sontchi of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court provided his analysis of the ability of a debtor to recover the value of NOLs used by its parent within consolidated tax returns.  This ruling has implications for any debtor

Summary

In a 25 page opinion published February 7, 2013, Judge Sontchi applied black-letter contract interpretation principles in conjunction with the bankruptcy rules in holding that a landlord was not entitled to damages resulting from a debtor’s breach of its lease. Judge Sontchi’s opinion is available here (the “Opinion”).

Background

Pursuant to a

On March 14, 2012, Judge Sontchi of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court issued an opinion in the Carolina Fluid Handling Intermediate Holding Corp. bankruptcy case.  When a Fox Rothschild client is (or could be) affected by a ruling, rather than summarize the opinion, I will be providing a link to the opinion.  The opinion is available

Summary

In an opinion issued January 4, 2012, Judge Sontchi of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court provided an easy to follow primer in preference law in the course of granting in part and denying in part a preference defendant’s motion for summary judgment. Judge Sontchi’s opinion is available here (the “Opinion”).  The Opinion provides an