Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy

Creditors' Rights, Out-of-Court Workouts & Commercial Litigation

The attorneys of Stites & Harbison’s Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group advise and represent clients in workout negotiations, default and foreclosure and actions in state courts, and in contested matters and adversary proceedings arising under Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. We also handle creditor defense and bankruptcy litigation.

Our experience includes:

  • Financial institution representation
  • Creditor defense and bankruptcy litigation
  • Work for secured creditors, trade and other unsecured creditors, landlords, insurance companies, equipment lessors, creditors' committees, indenture trustees, liquidating trustees and preference- and fraudulent-conveyance defendants

Members of the Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group regularly partner with members of other Stites & Harbison practice groups including Environmental and Natural Resources, Intellectual Property, Construction, Real Estate and Banking, and Health Care to negotiate and litigate complex issues in United States Bankruptcy Courts from coast to coast.

Representative Matters:

  • Represented the D-I-P lender and successful purchaser in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a hospital.
  • Successfully negotiated an 11 U.S.C. Section 363 sale of all of the hospital's assets to the client within 90 days of the petition.
  • Handled two foreclosures of entire subdivision developments in Southern Indiana.
  • Representing a hedge fund, obtained a favorable judgment against the guarantor to recover fraudulent transfer.
  • Representing a title insurance company in litigation brought by Chapter 11 debtor's mortgage warehouse lender.
  • Seeking judgment and possession of Limobus in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
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Client Alerts

Secured Lenders Fail to Manage the Risk of “Springing Liens” at Their Peril

“Springing liens” are first priority statutory liens on property that spring into existence when certain obligations remain unpaid. Springing Liens can attach to real estate, for example, when the following obligations are not paid: taxes, condominium association dues, or claims for construction labor or materials.

by Elizabeth Lee Thompson July 29, 2021
Press Releases

Elizabeth Lee Thompson Appointed to NKU Board of Regents

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Governor Andy Beshear has appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Elizabeth Lee Thompson as a member of the Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Board of Regents.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC July 13, 2021
Creditors' Sidebar

The Draconian Statute Rears Its Head Again

While a colleague has likened Kentucky’s guaranty statute to Lewis G. Carroll’s Jabberwocky, the statute that frightens us more is Kentucky’s failure to release statute. It is a statute that comes with draconian penalties ($500/day plus attorney’s fees) and a lack of judicial interpretation.

by Brian R. Pollock and Calesia Henson July 06, 2021
Client Alerts

Timing is Everything: A Creditor’s Errant Conclusion as to an Executory Contract Leads to Claim Denial

Although the Bankruptcy Code does not define “executory contract,” the widely adopted definition explains it as a “contract under which the obligation of both the bankrupt and the other party to the contract are so far underperformed that the failure of either to complete performance would constitute a material breach excusing the performance of the other.” Bankruptcy Judge Martin Isgur of the Southern District of Texas, In re Cornerstone Valve, LLC, et al, Case No. 19-30869, recently held that a creditor’s failure to properly analyze its contract with the debtor resulted in its otherwise valid unsecured claim being untimely filed.

by Chrisandrea L. Turner May 07, 2021
Creditors' Sidebar

Keeping up with the Changing Landscape of the FDCPA

Due to foreclosure and eviction moratoriums, voluntary forbearances, or the influx of government stimulus, the anticipated wave of creditor actions as a result of the pandemic have been held at bay.

by Brian R. Pollock April 20, 2021
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Welcomes Corey Dunn

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Corey Dunn to the firm’s Louisville, Ky., office.

by Corey Dunn February 08, 2021
Client Alerts

I Mailed It . . . But Can I Prove It?

The U.S. Postal Service has seen increased demands on its services over the last year. In fact, the majority of us have had an experience with a piece of mail that took a little longer than expected to get to its destination.

by Brian R. Pollock and Chadwick A. McTighe January 28, 2021
Creditors' Sidebar

Automatic Stay Does Not Mean Debtors Get Their Cars Back Automatically

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the “mere retention of property does not violate § 362(a)(3)” of the automatic stay.

by Brian R. Pollock January 19, 2021
Presentations

The Coronavirus and Beyond: Strategies for Creditors During Uncertain Economic Times

In this recorded webinar, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy attorneys Elizabeth Lee Thompson, Brian M. Bennett, Chrisandrea L. Turner and John S. Wathen discuss the latest legal issues impacting businesses during these uncertain economic times.

by Elizabeth Lee Thompson, Brian M. Bennett, and Chrisandrea L. Turner November 13, 2020
Client Alerts

Finally: The CFPB Has Returned . . . to the Final Rule Implementing the FDCPA in the 21st Century

On Friday, October 30, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a new, long-awaited final rule to bring the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) regulations into the 21st century. In announcing the change, the CFPB had the same idea as me: distinguishing the differences between pop culture and collection practices in 1977 and 2020.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 02, 2020