Represented Jeffrey H. Beck as the liquidating trustee of the Crown Paper Liquidating Trust, in a series of adversary proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. The case sought to avoid millions of dollars of pre-petition transfers by the debtors. Among those matters was an adversary proceeding seeking $4 million from Imerys. The bankruptcy court entered summary judgment in favor of Imerys. Bilzin Sumberg briefed and argued the appeal in the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, which issued a nineteen-page opinion closely following the appeal briefs on issues including res judicata, judicial estoppel, the interpretation of release provisions in the plan, and the effect of prior objections to Imerys' earlier reclamation claim. Imerys has appealed the bankruptcy appellate panel's decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where it is now pending. (It is highly unusual for a bankruptcy case to be appealed as far as the US Court of Appeals.)
US Homes applied for and received zoning approval of a 1,500-unit residential community in Lee County, Florida; the neighbors challenged the approval in court. We represented US Homes in the appeal and subsequent remand, obtaining a favorable resolution to the matter for our client.
Successful representation of California bank in complex mortgage foreclosure debt recovery action through state court and bankruptcy court in the Southern District of Florida, which resulted in the criminal indictment of the borrower´s principal for bank fraud.