2016, 2016 Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten: Practicing with Ethics and Civility

In his popular poem, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, writer Robert Fulghum proclaimed: “Most of what I really need To know about how to live And what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.” Attorneys and others in the legal profession are often required to address challenging questions about ethics and unprofessional behavior. When faced with these issues, would you make the “right” call? You be the judge with interactive voting when faced with real issues from actual scenarios attorneys have had to address.

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Real Estate Values Are Climbing (Again): Debtor, Watch Your Back!

This panel will explore legal trends relating to rising real estate values in consumer bankruptcy cases, including issues related to stay relief, lien-stripping, reaffirmation agreements, and what could happen post-discharge if a debtor fails to act in conformity with his Statement of Intention. This panel will also address the current state of mortgage modification mediation programs and the latest happenings with the CFPB.

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How to Fit a Round Peg into a Triangular Hole: Too Much Debt for a 13, Too Much Income for a 7, and/or Too Many Assets for an 11

This panel will explore options for dealing with the difficult situations experienced by consumer debtors who on the surface fail to qualify for relief under chapter 7, have too much debt for relief under chapter 13 jurisdictional limits, and are unable to satisfy the absolute priority rule to qualify for an individual chapter 11 case.

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Consumer Track: Student Loans: 40 Million Borrowers — Average Debt $29,000 — Total Debt $1.2 Trillion

This panel of experienced lawyers will discuss policy issues underlying student debt, current cases, fraud issues in workouts, and possible solutions to this important issue facing our nation.

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Navigating the Troubled Waters of Involuntary Bankruptcies

This panel will provide a brief, general overview of the mechanics and statutory framework for involuntary bankruptcies, with more in-depth discussions of current hot-button issues, including petitioning creditors’ good faith/bad faith, the conflicting approaches taken by various circuits in determining whether a petitioning creditor’s claim is subject to a bona fide dispute, and the potential legal fees and damage claims petitioning creditors face if their involuntary petition is ultimately dismissed.

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Cracking the D&O Code: The Keys to Insurance Recovery and Injunctive Orders in Bankruptcy Court

Director and officer (D&O) insurance policies typically cover certain claims against the D&Os by third parties (often shareholders) and claims by a trustee in bankruptcy. The policies also cover certain claims against the debtor company. This panel will discuss the different coverages, the types of claims that may be pursued against officers and directors by shareholders, creditors and a bankruptcy trustee, defenses often asserted to the claims, and potential policy exclusions that may affect coverage.

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Lights Out! Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Energy-Related Chapter 11 Cases

In light of the recent downturn in the energy markets, this panel will provide an update on recent developments in coal and oil & gas chapter 11 cases, including contract issues, § 1113/1114 litigation, treatment of environmental obligations, KERPs and KEIPs, surety bonds, perfection and credit bidding issues, and “cherry-picking” of good assets in § 363 sales.

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Consumer Track: Money-Back Guarantee?

This panel explore what rights/causes of actions a debtor may reserve in plan confirmation and the binding effect of confirmation, and whether, in light of Harris v. Viegelahn, a means may still exist to avoid refunding undistributed funds to a debtor following the conversion of a chapter 13 to a chapter 7 case, as well as what should happen to undistributed funds upon case dismissal. The session will conclude with a discussion on the limitations on the equitable powers of bankruptcy courts following Law v. Siegel.

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Medley of Current Chapter 11 Issues: From Overcoming Challenges to Finding an Efficient Exit Strategy

This panel will explore current chapter 11 issues from case inception to exit and will discuss current case law and trends, including nonconventional financing obstacles, the ability of a lender to obtain default interest post-petition, plan-support agreements, structured dismissals, cramdown interest rates, third-party releases and the erosion of the equitable mootness doctrine on appeal.

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Beware of Icebergs Ahead: How to Navigate Federal Rules Changes and Terabytes of E-Discovery to Avoid Titanic Sanctions

This panel will discuss the recent changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as they pertain to e-discovery, as well as recent case law interpreting the new rules in the bankruptcy context. Our e-discovery expert and our bankruptcy practitioners will discuss the rules from the perspective of debtors, creditors and litigation targets in commercial bankruptcy cases.

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