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Important Bankruptcy Rule Amendments Went Into Effect on December 1, 2017

December 7, 2017 | Categories: Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

The Amendments Will Have a Significant Impact on Creditors, Including Secured Creditors   Overview   In this bulletin, we provide a brief summary of the many amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (“FRBP”) that took effect on December 1, 2017.  These amended rules will have a significant impact on the rights of creditors […]

Recent Publications by KMK Attorneys

November 5, 2017 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

KMK is again providing judges and lawyers important scholarship to guide pretrial litigation discovery, though the State Bar of Wisconsin. Continuing their decades of work, Robert Gegios and Melinda Bialzik are authoring another edition of “Chapter 2 – Scope of Discovery” in Pinnacle Books’ Wisconsin Discovery Law and Practice. Robert and Melinda also authored, earlier […]

Good News: New Federal Law Allows Businesses to Use Federal Courts to Redress Theft of Trade Secrets

October 19, 2017 | Categories: Firm News | Topics:Tags: , ,

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) allows parties to file suit in federal court even if the requirements of federal diversity jurisdiction are not met. As a result, most claims of misappropriation of trade secrets can now be filed in federal court (not the case previously). The federal court system has different procedures, […]

Dot Your I’s and Don’t Forget the T’s: Lender Loses Its Secured Status for Missing ‘T’ in Borrower’s Middle Name

October 6, 2017 | Categories: Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

A recent bankruptcy case dramatically illustrates how critical it is for a lender to strictly comply with the requirements for creating a legally effective UCC financing statement, and the hard lessons that follow if a lender fails to do so.   In Mainsource Bank v. LEAF Capital Funding, LLC (In re Nay), 563 B.R. 535 […]

‘Professional Way’ Carries Gegios to Success

July 10, 2017 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags:

‘Professional Way’ Carries Gegios to Success By: Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com February 16, 2017 6:00 pm   As a law student, Robert Gegios was pretty sure he wasn’t going to be litigator.   “I was a relatively shy fellow at the time. I got over that along the way,” he said. “And I probably listened to […]

KMKsc Successfully Defends Corporate Client’s Constitutional Rights in Wisconsin Supreme Court

April 6, 2017 | Categories: Firm News, Success Stories | Topics:Tags: , , ,

KMKSC is pleased to announce its success in an important constitutional case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.   The case involves a trial court’s delegation of broad authority to a “referee,” a private individual who was appointed by the court to act as a surrogate judge. The trial court empowered the referee to rule on […]

KMKSC Names New Shareholders

April 6, 2017 | Categories: Firm News | Topics:Tags: , ,

KMKSC congratulates Melinda A. Bialzik, Ryan M. Billings, and Zach Whitney on becoming shareholders of our firm!   Ms. Bialzik is a graduate of Harvard Law School. She began her legal career at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee.   Mr. Billings is also a graduate of Harvard Law School. He began his legal career at […]

Good News for Lenders: Wisconsin Supreme Court Strengthens Lenders’ Remedies Against Guarantors

April 4, 2017 | Categories: Publications | Topics:Tags: ,

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a decision that clarifies an important part of foreclosure law. The decision is advantageous for lenders that seek not only to foreclose on real estate collateral, but also preserve their right to collect from guarantors.   Wisconsin law allows a lender to shorten the redemption period on a foreclosure […]

“Winning the Game” With a Comprehensive Credit Application

April 4, 2017 | Categories: Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

The credit application is arguably the single most important factor in the control, collection and limitation of losses relating to the management of accounts receivable and collection of delinquent accounts.   Yet, both large and small business creditors constantly enter the game with only half a “play book”. Consequently, they lose more games (uncollected accounts) […]

Preference Defenses: Update on the BAPCPA Reforms 12 Years Later

April 4, 2017 | Categories: Publications | Topics:Tags: , , ,

When it was enacted, most publicity regarding the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (“BAPCPA”) focused on consumer bankruptcy reforms. However, commercial creditors faced with the vexing problem of a preference action in bankruptcy also received some relief. The three most significant changes were touted at the time to offer the following […]



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