Cornell University

Labor and Employment Law Program

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When Worlds Collide: The Intersection of Labor, Pension, and Bankruptcy Laws

June 19, 2012 - New York City

Hostess, American Airlines, GM, and Chrysler file for bankruptcy, potentially making employees, retirees, and pension funds the casualties.

  • What lessons can be learned?
  • Are Sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code working as intended?
  • Whose interests are paramount?
  • How should the balance be struck between the rights under the CBA and the interests of the debtor?
  • What is the role of the creditors' committee in 1113 and 1114 litigation?
  • What is the role of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation?
  • What actions may it take prior to and after a bankruptcy filing?
  • Who else should be sacrificing?
  • How should operational difficulties be weighed?
  • What proofs are necessary for relief?

Key substantive and procedural issues in 1113 and 1114 litigation will be addressed.

Join us for a discussion on what employers, creditors, and labor attorneys need to know when counseling and representing clients in these cases. 

Panel of experts

  • Robert E. Gerber, SDNY bankruptcy judge
  • Jeffrey Sabin, Esq., Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Lisa Donahue, AlixPartners
  • Kenneth Rosen, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler PC
  • Richard Seltzer, Esq., Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP
  • Harold J. Ashner, Esq., Keightley & Ashner LLP
  • Harry Wilson, MAEVA Group, LLC
  • Tim Coleman, The Blackstone Group L.P.
  • Thomas Moers Mayer, Esq., Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Co-sponsored by

Bingham McCutchen LLP and Lowenstein Sandler PC



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