The Honorable Christopher S. Sontchi


In a very easy to follow opinion issued October 21, 2011, Judge Sontchi of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied a motion to dismiss an avoidance action for improper venue or, in the alternative, to transfer venue of the action. Judge Sontchi’s opinion is available here (the “Opinion”). The Opinion provides an excellent framework

On June 23, 2011, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that has sent waves through bankruptcy courts across the nation. Stern v. Marshall, 131 S.Ct. 2594 (2011), is the latest opinion in a long running dispute between the estate of Vickie Lynn Marshall, better known as Anna Nicole Smith, and the estate of her


In his first published opinion since returning from a well-deserved vacation, Judge Sontchi of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court ruled that facially plausible allegations are sufficient to protect a complaint, which sought to recharacterize another party’s bankruptcy claims, from being dismissed pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (“FRCP”) 12(b)(6). Judge Sontchi’s opinion is available


In a 15 page decision signed yesterday, April 5, 2011, Judge Sontchi of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court determined that when a company receives pleadings in a bankruptcy case, even if served on their “doing business as” name, they have received proper service. Judge Sontchi’s opinion is available here.


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Recently, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court in the Six Flags bankruptcy issued a decision addressing whether an adversary complaint alleged facts sufficient to overcome a motion to dismiss.  The Court’s decision provides analysis of recent decisions by the Supreme Court and the Third Circuit regarding standards for pleading.   More specifically, the Six Flags decision looks

On October 12, 2010, Consolidated Horticulture Group, LLC and Hines Nursery LLC (the “Debtors”), filed petitions for bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  According to the Declaration filed by Debtors’ President and CEO, Stephen Thigpen (the “Declaration“),  Debtors are one of the largest commercial nurseries in North

Below is a post from Michael Temin, senior counsel with Fox Rothschild.  Michael’s post looks at a recent decision by Judge Sontchi in the Leslie Controls bankruptcy.


A discovery dispute gave the bankruptcy court an opportunity to rule on the common interest privilege which, the court said, has completely replaced the joint defense privilege for information sharing among clients with different attorneys, citing In re Teleglobe Communications Corp., 493 F.3d 345, 364 n. 20 (3d Cir. 2007). Leslie Controls, Inc., Case No. 10-12199 (Bankr. D. Del. 9/21/10)(Sontchi, B.J.).


The question presented was whether privileged communications between the debtor and its counsel which were shared pre-petition with the ad hoc committee of asbestos plaintiffs and the proposed future claimants’ representative remained protected from discovery.

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On September 1, 2010, Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued a decision finding that the payment practices between a creditor and debtor satisfied the ordinary course of business defense.  Judge Sontchi’s decision is worth review as it provides a current look at one of


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


Recently, the Plan Administrator for the Goody’s Family Clothing bankruptcy commenced adversary actions against various defendants in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  The Goody’s Plan Administrator was appointed pursuant to Goody’s plan of reorganization.  The Bankruptcy Court approved Goody’s plan on October 7, 2008, approximately four months after