2018, 2018 ABI/GULC "Views From the Bench"

NO CLE - Ethics (2018 Views from the Bench)

This panel will explore key bankruptcy issues concerning the lawyer’s obligation to be “disinterested” and free from having adverse interests. How do these bankruptcy issues relate to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including RPCs 1.6 (“Confidentiality of Information”), 1.7 (“Conflict of Interest: Current Clients”), 1.9 (“Duties to Former Clients”), 1.18 (“Duties to Prospective Clients”), 3.3 (“Candor Toward the Tribunal”) and 4.1 (“Truthfulness in Statements to Others”)?

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NO CLE - Current Issues Involving Third-Party Releases

This panel will explore current topics of interest involving third-party releases, including issues regarding: "deemed consent" of releasing parties; the scope of third-party releases; and the impact of jurisdictional or constitutional limits on bankruptcy courts to approve non-consensual third-party releases.

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NO CLE - Great Debates at Bankruptcy 2018: Views from the Bench

Resolved: Under Till v. SCS Credit Corp., a bankruptcy court is required to use a two-step approach to determine the cramdown interest rate, and must first determine whether there is an efficient market before it can use the formula approach.

Resolved: A trademark licensee retains the right to use a debtor’s trademark post-rejection.

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NO CLE - Shrinking Safe Harbors and Expanding UFTA Immunity?

This panel will discuss safe harbors after Merit Management, the reach of the UFTA after Crystallex, and the preemption of creditor claims after Tribune and Physiotherapy Holdings, and will take a look at where the law is heading.

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NO CLE - Navigating the Claims-Trading Landscape to Avoid Potential Pitfalls

This session will discuss hot-button issues relating to claims trading, including the Supreme Court’s ruling of nonstatutory insider status as clear error, as opposed to de novo (In re The Village at Lakeridge LLC); eligibility to vote an assigned claim (In re ASHINC Corp. and In re LightSquared Inc.); disallowance of a transferred claim subject to preference challenge (In re K-B Toys); and other legal issues common to claims trading and litigation finance in bankruptcy.

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NO CLE - Confirmation Roundtable

This session will cover a number of recent confirmation hot topics, including refinancing of secured loans in bankruptcy (BOKF NA v. Momentive Performance Materials Inc..); rights offerings and unfair discrimination (In re TCI 2 Holdings LLC); substantive consolidation with nondebtors (In re Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis); and per plan, not per debtor, confirmation (In the Matter of Transwest Resort Properties Inc.).

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