A South Central Texas wagyu beef company filed for bankruptcy Monday in the Southern District of Texas after getting hit a year ago with a $30 million breach of contract and fraud verdict. Flatonia-based HeartBrand Holdings and its subsidiary American Akaushi Association filed for Chapter 11 citing liabilities between $10 million and $50 million and assets between $50 million and $100 million.
Q&A with Demetra Liggins: “I had hoped the bankruptcy practice would have become more diverse by now”
The McGuireWoods bankruptcy star fielded questions from The Lawbook’s Claire Poole about her long career: how she discovered bankruptcy law; the prospect of recession-driven Chapter 11’s; and the formation with her twin sister of Corporate Homie to share their tips for Black women to be successful in corporate America.
As Brazos Electric Co-op edges closer to a solution in its $1.9 billion bankruptcy case, the Waco-based power retailer is discovering the cost of getting a resolution is not cheap. The lawyers and financial advisors working on the Brazos restructuring for the past 15 months have already billed nearly $80 million for their services, according to court records. The final price tag will likely exceed $100 million, according to lawyers involved in the case. The Texas Lawbook has the details.
Brazos Electric Power Cooperative has reached an agreement in principle with most of its creditors that could result in the Waco-based power supplier exiting bankruptcy by fall. The agreement, which has the support of ERCOT and power generators such as Calpine, calls for Brazos to sell some assets, provides concessions from the power generators and allows Brazos to exit bankruptcy with its co-op structure. But there are still major hurdles ahead.
Middle-market bankruptcy practices are feasting off bankruptcies being filed by senior-living businesses. Mesquite-based Christian Care Centers has hired Husch Blackwell as debtors counsel. A slew of other firms are also involved, including Munsch Hardt, Munck Wilson and Linebarger.
Houston-based Talen Energy filed the largest Texas corporate bankruptcy case of 2022 late Tuesday citing more than $3 billion in debt. A plethora of large law firms – Akin Gump, Paul Weiss, Kirkland & Ellis, Davis Polk, V&E and King & Spalding – are involved, but Talen GC Andrew Wright chose Weil Gotshal as lead debtor’s counsel.
Hess Corp. subsidiary Honx Inc. filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Thursday in Houston federal court, citing asbestos claims brought by contractors and employees at a former oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
InfoWars and Sub V: Can Alex Jones’ Media Companies Use Small Business Reorganization to Curb Sandy Hook Defamation Liability?
Can Alex Jones and his InfoWars media companies successfully utilize the increasingly popular “Small Business Reorganization” scheme found in Subchapter V of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code? This case may be the first prominent example of bad faith or inappropriate use of a newly enacted reorganization regime finding widespread use among debtors in all types of industries.
The two firms have developed a close working relationship through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston over the past several years.
Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones encourages the two sides to reach an agreement and move forward for ‘the person that lives in a trailer in Central Texas… that can’t afford a doubling of their electric bill.’