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Vol 11, Num 4 l 2015 in Review

Technology and Intellectual Property

► In This Issue:

A Look Back on 2015 Commercial Fraud Committee Activities


Kathy Bazoian Phelps
Diamond McCarthy LLP
Los Angeles


Marion Hecht
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Arlington, VA

The Commercial Fraud Committee has had a very busy and prolific year, producing one book, two webinars, three newsletters, multiple case law eblasts, and the launching of a committee wide conference call program.

The Committee’s two educational programs at the ABI Spring and the ABI Winter conferences offered insightful commercial fraud perspectives in conjunction with other disciplinary areas. The Spring program paired the Commercial Fraud Committee with the Unsecured Trade Creditor Committee, resulting in a lively discussion relating to relevant issues in avoidance actions. The Winter program focused on commercial fraud issues arising in a healthcare case.

The Committee has published 3 newsletters so far this year, with a possible fourth coming out before the end of the year. The March issue contained 3 articles, the June issue contained 4 articles, and the November issue contained 3 articles. We already have 2 more articles lined up for the next issue. Commercial fraud is an extremely active area, and there is always something interesting to write about. We love to read the opinions of our Committee members so we encourage you to keep those articles coming. Please send any ideas or articles for future issues directly to our newsletter editor, Rick Rein.

Speaking of really interesting commercial fraud issues, our ListServ director, Ryan Blackney, has been keeping us up to date on the latest case law in the commercial fraud arena. Feel free to send Ryan any case cites or ideas for his case law updates eblasts so we can share the knowledge committee-wide.
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You Spoke, We Listened: ABI Offers a Condensed Communications Schedule

This fall you should have noticed a change in the look, feel and frequency of communications that you are receiving from ABI. In an effort to cut down on the number of emails in your inbox, ABI launched a new weekly schedule that still includes the popular Daily Headlines and Bankruptcy Brief (reduced to Thursday afternoon, only).

New weekly highlights include:

Tuesday's delivery is the InSights newsletter, which highlights important information and benefits that you receive as an ABI member. Membership InSights will offer helpful tips about new ABI technology and benefits that will save time and money for your practice. Need to know what summaries were posted to Volo last week? Turn to next Tuesday's issue of Membership InSights for your answer.

Wednesday's InTouch newsletter provides you with upcoming programs specific to your circuit, as well as national programs that may be of interest to you. InTouch will also highlight online CLE and ABI publications designed to bring you quality information on the topics you care about most.

ABI would love to hear what you think about our new communication plan. Please contact us at

Have You Watched a Complimentary Eye on Bankruptcy Session?

Launched in spring 2015, “Eye on Bankruptcy” is an online series produced by Bloomberg Law and ABI. Each program is aired on the last Thursday of each month and provides analysis of the latest case developments. Recorded at either Bloomberg’s New York studio or ABI's Virginia headquarters, each episode features commentary by top practitioners, academics and judges, hosted by Professor Michelle Harner (University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law).

Each episode explores:

  • Recent filings, motions, and decisions
  • Revisions to bankruptcy rules and forms
  • Changes in bankruptcy and restructuring

Visit online to learn more and view past recordings.

Commission Page Houses Complimentary Videos on Related Topics

In 2015, after years of blood, sweat, and tears (we may be exaggerating a little here), the Commission completed its final report and proposed reforms to Chapter 11 and related statutory provisions. While the full report has been available online for most of the year, ABI has continued to post a variety of videos related to the commission on its website. Access quick links from the list below, and catch up on all content at

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