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The crisis experts this week were tasked with parsing the statements made by Apple Inc. related to its court fight with GT Advanced Technologies Inc.



Posted 4 days 13 hours ago

Mutual fund giant Franklin Templeton Investments is appealing a judge’s decision to allow the city of Stockton, Calif., to exit bankruptcy under a plan that pays Franklin-managed funds a fraction of the $37 million owed them but makes full payments for the city’s pensions. Read the Daily Bankruptcy Review story in The Wall Street Journal.
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Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.’s last remaining Atlantic City boardwalk casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, is almost certainly going to close, DBR reports via the Journal.
Altegrity Inc.’s senior creditors in July negotiated a “make-whole” provision designed to increase their odds of a large payout if the company files for bankruptcy, according to WSJ.



Posted 5 days 12 hours ago

“New Jersey champagne” might sound like a sarcastic joke, but it’s really a thing, and the winery that invented it filed for Chapter 11 Thursday.
Renault Winery Inc. became so prominent among New Jerseyans for its champagne and other wines, in fact, that it earned Egg Harbor City, N.J. the unlikely nickname of “Wine City,” despite a very un-Napa like location 20 miles from Atlantic City.
By filing bankruptcy, Renault—which also runs a 50-room resort, two restaurants and a 7,200-yard golf course—narrowly escaped a scheduled sheriff’s sale Thursday brought on by a foreclosure by lender Ocean First Bank.
In Chapter 11, Renault plans to keep operating, and LivingSocial Inc. even emailed customers a discounted offer for a one- or two-night stay at Renault on Friday afternoon, with a “limited time extra discount” for those who clicked immediately.
Renault operating chief Dennis Del Vecchio in court papers blamed the bankruptcy on bad investment advice from a prior manager, who allegedly urged the company not to pay its mortgage or taxes while it sought a sale of the company. That sale falling through, and Hurricane Sandy ravaging the Jersey Shore and temporarily closing Renault, put the company on a path that eventually led to Chapter 11, Mr. Del Vecchio said.
Renault, the oldest winery in New Jersey, has had to reinvent its business before.



Posted 1 week 1 day ago

In this Nov. 8, 2012, photo, singer Ginuwine performs onstage at the Soul Train Awards at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Jeff Bottari/Invision/Associated Press

This week on The Broke and the Beautiful, Ginuwine dismisses bankruptcy rumors, and Sister2Sister magazine had a short stay in Chapter 11.



Posted 1 week 1 day ago

A Manhattan bankruptcy judge will consider a settlement Tuesday that raises millions of dollars for Bernard Madoff‘s cheated investors.
Under the deal, real-estate developer Edward Blumenfeld, as well as his family and company, will return $32.75 million in cash that they received from investing with Mr. Madoff before the 2008 collapse of his Ponzi scheme.
They’ll also surrender $29.35 million in claims against Mr. Madoff’s investment firm.
The settlement, the product of multiple mediation sessions, resolves litigation that trustee Irving Picard brought in December 2010 to recover $88 million that Mr. Blumenfeld and the other defendants received from Mr. Madoff in the six years before his arrest, including $27 million in false profits. The lawsuit also sought to knock out the claims the defendants brought against Mr. Madoff’s firm.
Mr. Blumenfeld and his fellow defendants disputed the lawsuit and denied that they received the payments from Mr. Madoff’s investment firm with any knowledge or suspicion of fraud.
Mr. Picard, who is overseeing the liquidation of Mr. Madoff’s firm, says the deal will avoid the need for costly and time-consuming litigation.
Mr. Picard has recovered or struck deals to recover more than $9.8 billion of the $17.3 billion in principal that Mr. Madoff was convicted of stealing from investors. More than half of the recovered funds have been returned to investors.



Posted 1 week 1 day ago

OW Bunker vessels in Singapore.
O.W. Bunker

Denmark’s O.W. Bunker AS on Thursday placed its U.S. subsidiaries in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, just days after the shipping fuel supplier said it had discovered a $125 million fraud committed by senior employees at its Singapore unit. Read the Daily Bankruptcy Review story in the Wall Street Journal.
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Posted 1 week 1 day ago

Much to our delight, Wednesday night’s “Jeopardy!” episode included a category seemingly custom made for Bankruptcy Beat readers. For those who missed it, “Cause of Debt” included five debt-laden questions that at times stumped the contestants (Tournament of Champions contestants, no less).
How would you have done on last night’s show? Take the quiz to find out.

Courtesy Jeopardy Productions Inc.

$400 Question: One analysis says that those who graduated in 2012 with these had an average of almost $30,000.
Answer: What are student loans?
$800 Question: Be careful with getting a heloc, this type of “line of credit”; your house could go bye-bye.
Answer: What is home equity?
$1,200 Question (and a Daily Double! Risk it all!): The national council on the problem type of this activity says it affects six [million] to nine million Americans.
Answer: What is gambling?



Posted 1 week 2 days ago

Dendreon Corp. on Wednesday cleared its first bankruptcy court hearing, launching a process in which lenders owed $620 million have agreed to take less than half that amount from anyone willing to buy the cancer-drug-making business. Read the Daily Bankruptcy Review article here.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission wants $329 million from Samuel Wyly and his brother Charles’s estate, Bloomberg reports.
Denmark-based OW Bunker ’s bankruptcy has hit Singapore’s shipping-fuel dealers hard, The Wall Street Journal reports.



Posted 1 week 2 days ago

In this Feb. 25, 2009 photo, a man walks past a company sign at a Nortel Networks office tower in Toronto.
Associated Press

Nortel Networks Corp.’s U.S. unit spent $169 million on its bankruptcy case in the first nine months of this year, and there’s no end in sight to the spending on lawyers and advisers for a company that, for all practical purposes, has not existed for years.
The numbers began popping up last Thursday on the bankruptcy docket after a lawyer for Nortel’s Canadian parent pointed out to a judge that the U.S. unit was about eight months in arrears in complying with its Chapter 11 financial reporting requirements. Nortel filed eight months’ worth of financial reports between Thursday and Monday.
Once the pride of the Canadian technology community, Nortel and its international counterparts launched a global liquidation in 2009, battered by the global economic slump. It sold its businesses and patents, ringing up $7.3 billion in the process.



Posted 1 week 3 days ago

A judge on Monday approved Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s $5.15 billion settlement over its ill-fated acquisition of Tronox Inc., the final major hurdle in the federal government’s largest environmental settlement ever. The Wall Street Journal has the Daily Bankruptcy Review article here.
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According to Bloomberg, Caesars Entertainment Corp. reached a deal outlining a restructuring plan that would include a prearranged bankruptcy.
The U.S. arm of India’s Aurobindo Pharma won a bankruptcy auction for Natrol Inc., offering $132.5 million for the vitamin and supplement maker, DBR reports via WSJ.



Posted 1 week 3 days ago