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Bankruptcy Court Finds Former UGA Football Coach Jim Donnan Did Not Knowingly Participate In Ponzi Scheme

Posted in Middle District Cases, News and Comments
In a significant victory for former Georgia football coach Jim Donnan, a Bankruptcy Judge has ruled that the evidence at trial did not support a finding that Donnan knowingly participated in a fraudulent Ponzi Scheme.  The case is Fennell v. Donnan, Adv. No. 11-3088, 2013 Bankr. LEXIS 3110 (Bankr. M.D. Ga. August 1, 2013) (Judge … Continue Reading

Several Popular Local Restaurants, Including Garrison’s, Einstein’s and Joe’s on Juniper, File Chapter 11 Petitions After Large Judgment Entered

Posted in News and Comments, Northern District Cases
Several popular restaurants in metro Atlanta filed Chapter 11 petitions in the Northern District of Georgia on June 13, 2013 after a $2.14 million judgment was entered in Cobb County Superior Court.  The entities filing include: Vinings Dining, LLC (d/b/a Garrison’s Boiler & Tap), Ch. 11 Case No. 13-63089 (click here for Ch. 11 petition). … Continue Reading

To Increase Chances Of Getting Your Chapter 13 Plan Confirmed, Add An Apology

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According to a new study by Robert Lawless and Jennifer Robbennolt (summarized in the Wall Street Journal), Judges are more likely to approve a Chapter 13 plan that includes an apology.  From the Wall Street Journal article: In the 29-page study, Lawless and colleague Jennifer Robbennolt said they told participating judges about the Millers, a fictional family … Continue Reading

10th Annual Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Symposium – February 28, 2013.

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Symposium Schedule – February 28, 2013 8:00 am – 8:50 am Registration and Breakfast 8:50 am – 9:00 am Introduction Dean Robert Schapiro, Emory University School of Law 9:00 am – 10:30 am Corporate Panel: Municipal Restructuring Moderator: Gary Marsh,  McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP Patrick Darby, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings  Mark Kaufman, Partner, McKenna … Continue Reading

Article on Receiverships: “Avoiding A Nightmare” By Greg Hays

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Greg Hays of Atlanta-based Hays Financial Consulting published an article in the Fall 2012 issue of Receivership News, a publication of the California Receivers Forum. The subject and scope of the article, entitled "Avoiding a Nightmare," is described in the introduction:  A properly structured receivership can provide a cost-effective, efficient, and flexible vehicle to protect … Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Trustee Of Swoozie’s Sues Founder & CEO For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty & Corporate Waste

Posted in News and Comments, Northern District Cases
Previous articles have discussed the fiduciary duties of officers and directors of companies in financial trouble (see articles here and here). In another adversary proceeding to hold owners, officers and directors responsible for the financial demise of their companies, the Chapter 7 Trustee of Swoozie’s has filed a Complaint against the founder and former CEO … Continue Reading

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Files Second Lawsuit Related To Raving Brands Principals And Affiliates

Posted in News and Comments, Northern District Cases
A second lawsuit has been filed in the Chapter 7 cases related to Raving Brands and its owners, officers and affiliated companies.  The first adversary proceeding was filed last week in the Chapter 7 case In re Raving Brands, Inc., Ch. 7 Case No. 09-68410. The latest proceeding was filed in the related case, In … Continue Reading

Historic Morris Brown College In Atlanta Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Petition To Avoid Foreclosure

Posted in News and Comments, Northern District Cases
Morris Brown College, a historically black college in Atlanta and part of the Atlanta University Center (which also includes Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the Morehouse School of Medicine) filed a Chapter 11 petition in the Northern District of Georgia on August 25, 2012 to avoid a foreclosure of its property.  The … Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Trustee Of Raving Brands, Inc. (Moe’s, Doc Greens, Flying Biscuit, Monkey Joe’s) Files Suit Against Former Owners, Officers And Related Entities, Alleges Fraud, Deception and Breach Of Fiduciary Duties

Posted in Corporate & Fiduciary Litigation, News and Comments, Northern District Cases
The Chapter 7 Trustee of Raving Brands, Inc.  filed on August 16, 2012 an adversary proceeding against several former owners, officers and directors of the Debtor, as well as several affiliated companies, alleging, inter alia, that the parties engaged in a widespread effort to deceive the public, its franchisees, the press, courts and its creditors. … Continue Reading

Former UGA Coach Jim Donnan Faces More Bankruptcy And Civil Fraud Problems

Posted in News and Comments, Southern District Cases
Jim Donnan has more problems with the SEC, but this time it is the Securities and Exchange Commission and not the other football teams in the Southeastern Conference.  Donnan, the football coach for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1996-2000 was sued by the SEC on August 16, 2012 and accused of actively participating in and promoting a multi-million … Continue Reading

Reese v. Provident Funding: Georgia Court of Appeals Ruling Potentially Invalidates Thousands Of Foreclosures

Posted in Georgia State Cases, Miscellaneous Cases, News and Comments
In a case of first impression, the Georgia Court of Appeals has held that a foreclosure notice must identify both the secured lender and the "individual or entity who shall have full authority to negotiate, amend, and modify all terms of the mortgage with the debtor."  Reese v. Provident Funding Associates, LLP, 2012 Ga. App. LEXIS … Continue Reading

The Law Of Collateral Estoppel: Bankruptcy Proof Your Judgment

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Bill Rothschild of Ogier, Rothschild, Rosenfeld & Ellis-Monroe, P.C., has an article in the current issue of Calendar Call, a publication of the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia, entitled "Bankruptcy-Proofing Your Law Judgment: How Not to Try the Same Case Twice."  The article discusses steps litigators should take in non-bankruptcy courts to … Continue Reading

Foreclosures In Georgia and Metro Atlanta Jump Higher, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Filings Also Rising

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The Atlanta Journal reports that Georgia’s rate of foreclosures remains among the highest in the nation. Statewide, 12,356 properties had foreclosure filings — including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — in February, RealtyTrac reported Thursday. That’s one in every 331 homes, compared with one in every 637 nationally. Filings in February fell 0.89 … Continue Reading

Can Creditors File A Derivative Action Against Limited Liability Company?

Posted in Corporate & Fiduciary Litigation, Georgia State Cases, Miscellaneous Cases, News and Comments, Small Business Bankruptcy
In CML V, LLC v. Bax, No. 735, 2010 (Del. Supr. Sept. 2, 2011) (click here for .pdf of opinion), the Delaware Supreme Court addressed the questions of whether a creditor can file a derivative action against a limited liability company.   Plaintiff CML asserted the following derivative claims against the present and former members of … Continue Reading

Assignments of Trademarks in Bankruptcy – Judge Posner and 7th Circuit Provide Answer

Posted in Corporate & Fiduciary Litigation, Miscellaneous Cases, News and Comments, Small Business Bankruptcy
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has issued the first published Circuit Court opinion on the question of whether trademarks are assignable in a Bankruptcy case.  The opinion, authored by Judge Posner, is in the case of In re XMH Corp., Nos. 10-2596, 10-2597, 10-2598, 10-2599,  2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 15372 (7th Cir. July 26, 2011) (click … Continue Reading

Upcoming Events In Georgia

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Here is a list of events of interest to Bankruptcy lawyers in Georgia.  Please send a message or leave a comment if there are others. April 14-16, 2011 — 37th Annual Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute.  There is still time to register (click here).  The good news is that it covers more than a year’s worth … Continue Reading

Lawsuits Being Flying Against Officers, Directors, Insiders And Professionals Of Failed Banks

Posted in Corporate & Fiduciary Litigation, Georgia State Cases, Miscellaneous Cases, News and Comments, Northern District Cases
The State of Georgia is among the national leaders in banks closed by state and federal agencies.  So far in 2011, six Georgia banks have been closed, with the latest two being Habersham Bank and Citizens Bank of Effingham.  Since late 2008, when the banking crisis hit, a total of fifty seven Georgia banks have … Continue Reading

Atlanta Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Monthly Breakfast Meeteings

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The Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association enthusiastically announces the commencement of monthly Breakfast Meetings in Year 2011. Please save the dates listed below and come join your colleagues for delicious food, collegiality and entertaining speakers. All meetings will from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. January 27 – Breakfast Meeting – The Buckhead Club "History … Continue Reading

Where Are All The Real Estate Bankruptcies? Here Are Some Possible Answers.

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As many business bankruptcy lawyers understand, there has not been a groundswell of real estate and single asset bankruptcy cases, as predicted during the beginning of the current economic downturn.  The latest edition of the Georgia Bar Journal has an article entitled "What Happened to Real Estate Bankruptcies?" by Al Adams and Jason Kirkham, and … Continue Reading

How Much Does A Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cost? Why Is It So Expensive?

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Lawyers who handle Chapter 11 Bankruptcy cases for small to medium size businesses usually address these questions in the initial conversation with potential clients.  "How much is a Chapter 11 case?"  "Why is it so expensive?"  "I just want to stop the foreclosure/lawsuit/collection, then we can dismiss." "Can’t I pay a little over time?"  While … Continue Reading

The Emergency in Haiti: Can You Help?

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I rarely go off-topic in this Blog, and have not used it to promote personal causes, but I am compelled to add this note about Haiti.  I just returned this past Thursday from my second trip to Haiti this year. Most of the trip was spent in the community of Bohoc, Haiti which is about … Continue Reading

Atlanta Bar Bankruptcy Section Meet & Greet Happy Hour

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 Wednesday, October 6, 2010 – 5:30 pm  Meet and greet Judge Wendy Hageanu, recently appointed Bankruptcy Judge for N.D. GA. and toast the 5th anniversary of surviving BAPCPA. Location: No Mas! Cantina 180 Walker Street Atlanta, GA 30313 404.574.5678 Cost: Section Member -  $10 Non-Section Member – $20 FREE for non-members who join the Bankruptcy … Continue Reading