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Bankruptcy Won’t Help You Avoid an Oil & Gas Lease

A district court judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently vacated a bankruptcy court’s decision allowing rejection of an oil and gas lease under section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code.  The District Court held that a debtor’s oil and gas lease was a conveyance of an interest in real property and not an executory … Continue Reading

Executory Contracts – The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Determining whether a contract is executory and, thereby, subject to assumption or rejection under Section 365(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, can be a difficult and fact intensive inquiry. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held, in an en banc decision, that continuing obligations under a trademark licensing agreement were insufficient to render the agreement … Continue Reading

So Which “Applicable Law” Is Applicable Under Section 365?

Under section 365(f)(1), a debtor is permitted to assume and assign leases and executory contracts notwithstanding contractual limitations or “applicable law” that restricts such assignment. However, that broad general authorization begins with the limiting language, “except as provided in subsection (b) and (c) of this section….” Section 365(c)(1)(A) provides that a debtor may not assume … Continue Reading