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Second Circuit Ruling in DBSD Case

Second Circuit Ruling in DBSD Case

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Ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the DBSD bankruptcy case.
Ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the DBSD bankruptcy case.

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 Nos. 10-1175, 10-1201, 10-1352DISH Network Corp. v. DBSD North America, Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. v. DBSD North America, Inc.
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSF
OR THE
S
ECOND
C
IRCUIT
 August Term, 2009(Argued: August 5, 2010 Decided: December 6, 2010 Opinion filed: Februay 7, 2011)Docket Nos. 10-1175, 10-1201, 10-1352(Consolidated for disposition)
 
I
 N RE
:
 
DBSD
 
 N
ORTH
A
MERICA
,
 
I
 NCORPORATED
,
 Debtor. 
DISH
 
 N
ETWORK 
C
ORPORATION
,
Creditor-Appellant, — 
v.— DBSD
 
 N
ORTH
A
MERICA
,
 
I
 NCORPORATED
,
 Debtor-Appellee,
A
D
H
OC
C
OMMITTEE OF
S
ENIOR 
 N
OTEHOLDERS
,
 
O
FFICIAL
C
OMMITTEE OF
U
 NSECURED
C
REDITORS
,
Creditors-Appellees.
 S
PRINT
 N
EXTEL
C
ORPORATION
,
 
2
 Appellant, — 
v.— DBSD
 
 N
ORTH
A
MERICA
,
 
I
 NC
.,
 
A
D
H
OC
C
OMMITTEE OF
S
ENIOR 
 N
OTEHOLDERS
,
 
O
FFICIAL
C
OMMITTEE OF
U
 NSECURED
C
REDITORS
,
 Appellees.
 B e f o r e:P
OOLER 
,
 
AGGI
,
 
and
 
L
YNCH
,
 
Circuit Judges
. __________________ 
1
Appeals from a memorandum decision and order of the United States District
2
Court for the Southern District of New York (Lewis A. Kaplan,
 Judge
), affirming orders
3
of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of the United States
4
(Robert E. Gerber,
 Bankruptcy Judge
), that confirmed a plan of reorganization under 11
5
U.S.C. § 1129 and designated the votes of DISH Network Corporation as “not in good
6
faith” under 11 U.S.C. § 1126(e).
7
A
FFIRMED
in part and
REVERSED
in part.
8
Judge Pooler concurs in part and dissents in part in a separate opinion.
9
 __________________ 
1011
L
AWRENCE
B
YRNE
(Martin N. Flics, Paul S. Hessler,
on the brief 
), Linklaters
12
LLP, New York, NY,
 for Creditor-Appellant DISH Network Corporation.
1314
 
3
J
OHN
H.
 
C
ULVER 
III
 
(Felton E. Parrish,
on the brief 
), K&L Gates LLP,
1
Charlotte, North Carolina, Eric T. Moser,
on the brief 
, K&L Gates LLP, New
2
York, NY,
 for Creditor-Appellant Sprint Nextel Corporation.
34
Y
OSEF
J.
 
IEMER 
(James H.M. Sprayregen, Lee Ann Stevenson,
on the brief 
),
5
Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY, Marc J. Carmel, Lauren M. Hawkins,
6
on the brief 
, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, IL,
 for Debtor-Appellee DBSD
7
 North America, Incorporated 
.
89
T
HERESA
A.
 
F
OUDY
(Steven J. Reisman, Maryann Gallagher,
on the brief 
),
10
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP,
 for Creditor-Appellee Official 
11
Committee of Unsecured Creditors
.
1213
D
ENNIS
F.
 
D
UNNE
(Risa M. Rosenberg,
on the brief 
), Milbank, Tweed, Hadley
14
& McCloy LLP, New York, NY, Andrew M. LeBlanc,
on the brief 
, Milbank,
15
Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Washington, DC,
 for Creditor-Appellee Ad 
16
 Hoc Committee of Senior Noteholders
.
1718
E
VAN
M.
 
J
ONES
,
 
O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Jennifer M.
19
Taylor,
on the brief 
, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, San Francisco, CA, Elliot
20
Ganz,
on the brief 
, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, New York,
21
 NY,
 for Amicus Curiae Loan Syndications and Trading Association.
22
 
23
G
ERARD
E.
 
L
YNCH
,
 
Circuit Judge
:
24
These consolidated appeals arise out of the bankruptcy of DBSD North America,
25
Incorporated and its various subsidiaries (together, “DBSD”). The bankruptcy court
26
confirmed a plan of reorganization for DBSD over the objections of the two appellants
27
here, Sprint Nextel Corporation (“Sprint”) and DISH Network Corporation (“DISH”).
28
Before us, Sprint argues that the plan improperly gave shares and warrants to
29
DBSD’s owner – whose interest lies below Sprint’s in priority – in violation of the
30

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