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BUSINESS
June 6, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bankruptcy judge in Philadelphia showed a trace of impatience with creditors of Deer Meadows Retirement Community at a hearing Wednesday. "I really expect there to be a settlement here, from the facts that I've heard," said Chief Judge Eric L. Frank after a session that included an hour-long recess punctuated by testy exchanges among lawyers. "I find it astounding that there is no agreement on this," he continued, before scheduling another hearing in the case Monday. Specifically, Frank was referring to the conditions under which Deer Meadows, where nearly 500 elderly live, including many in a nursing home, is allowed to spend cash that also functions as collateral for lenders.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
FORMER Philadelphia newspapers CEO Brian Tierney is coming back to advise the new ownership of the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com on gaining more advertising - one of a flurry of personnel moves announced yesterday in the wake of the private-jet crash that took the life of co-owner Lewis Katz. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner and interim publisher, announced Tierney's return in an email to staffers, saying that Tierney will work directly with him in an effort to woo advertisers.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The partnership behind the failed Foxwoods Casino project in South Philadelphia filed Monday for bankruptcy court protection, citing claims of $23.6 million from 14 creditors. In addition, Citizens Bank, the largest creditor, is owed an unspecified amount, according to the court petition. People familiar with the situation say the bank lent the project about $75 million. The partnership last week sold its largest asset, a vacant 16.5-acre lot on South Columbus Boulevard between Tasker and Reed Streets.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
Credit-card debt can sneak up on you. If you think $20,000 in such debt is no biggie, you're wrong. If you think you'll never have to deal with that kind of number, better think again. For all but a few of those facing it, living with a credit-card debt of $20,000 or more is a major life problem. A Credit.com online survey this month found 5 percent of respondents had such debt - and a significant portion of that group thought most people were like them. The most common reason for running up such debt, the post says, is that people "don't have sufficient income to cover their expenses.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margery Neuman Reed, 59, of Bryn Mawr, a bankruptcy attorney and partner at the Duane Morris law firm, died of cancer Monday, Dec. 30. Mrs. Reed, who was recognized as an authority in her field, served as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a group of top bankruptcy lawyers. Though she spent the last four years battling advanced thyroid cancer, Mrs. Reed remained an active and skilled lawyer, said John Soroko, Duane Morris' chairman and CEO. Until recently, "she was frankly buoyed by thinking about the firm, thinking about clients, working on things related to the practice of law. She felt a lot of satisfaction out of doing that, right up until the very end. " Mrs. Reed was a graduate of Vassar College and Villanova University School of Law. She joined Duane Morris as a summer associate while still in law school and never worked anywhere else.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bankrupt Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City is on a fast track to be sold this week. Bids are due Monday by 4 p.m., an auction for bidders is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, and a hearing to approve the sale is on the slate for Thursday. It's not clear how many bidders, if any, will emerge for the Atlantic Club, which has been owned by a California private equity firm since 2005 and has been for sale since at least 2011. Since the Nov. 6 bankruptcy filing, the company's investment bankers have failed to line up a so-called stalking-horse bidder, which would have set a minimum price in the auction.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the settlement reached between the Justice Department and American Airlines and US Airways Group, clearing the way for the airlines to close their planned merger Dec. 9 and create the world's largest airline. US Airways and American announced after the ruling that the combined airline, to be named American Airlines Group Inc., would begin trading on the Nasdaq stock market under the ticker symbol "AAL" on Dec. 9. The last day for the airlines' stock to trade separately will be Dec. 6. Bankruptcy Judge Sean H. Lane in New York City ruled that the settlement with the Justice Department, in which American and US Airways agreed to give up dozens of takeoff and landing slots to competitors, was "fair and equitable.
REAL_ESTATE
October 21, 2013 | By Alison Burdo, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than two years after emerging from bankruptcy, Orleans Homebuilders Inc. is targeting move-up buyers with boutique communities and floor plans that feature a new take on the master suite. The Bensalem-based company is building 63 townhouses at its Yardley Walk on North Main Street in Yardley, with options for a first-floor master suite or dual master suites, said John Evans, North Division president. The high-end project caters to multigenerational families interested in a central home, Evans said.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Founders of the Marathon Grill restaurants, a chain that began as a 10-seat hamburger eatery in 1984, filed for bankruptcy restructuring Wednesday for their largest restaurant at 1818 Market St. The breakfast, lunch, evening Happy Hour, and catering operation will operate "without interruption" during the Chapter 11 process, and "customers will not experience any changes in services or quality," owners Sheryl and Jay Borish said in a statement....
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last October, Comcast Corp. and two Houston professional sports franchises, the Astros and Rockets, launched a regional sports channel to ride the billion-dollar riches of the TV sports boom. The channel has fizzled amid acrimony among the once-hopeful partners. Comcast on Friday filed a petition seeking to force the troubled Comcast SportsNet Houston, which it lent $100 million, into bankruptcy and said it would bid on the network's TV rights if they are auctioned. Astros owner Jim Crane told the Houston Chronicle on Monday that the baseball team would fight bankruptcy and, in a reference to Comcast/NBCUniversal, said that the Astros "are not going to let those folks bully us around.
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