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Full title: Notice of motion/application - Notice of Motion for Order Authorizing the Transition and Assignment of the Estate's Interests in the Talc Litigation to Bisnar Chase Free and Clear of Liens, Claims and Interests Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. Section 363 [No Hearing Required Pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(o)] with Proof of Service Filed by Trustee Elissa Miller (TR) (RE: related document(s)322 Motion for Order Authorizing the Transition and Assignment of the Estate's Interests in the Talc Litigation to Bisnar Chase Free and Clear of Liens, Claims and Interests Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. Section 363; Memorandum of Points and Authorities ; Declaration of Elissa D. Miller in Support with Proof of Service Filed by Trustee Elissa Miller (TR) (Ekvall, Lei Lei)). (Ekvall, Lei Lei) (Entered: 04/29/2021)
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The assignment to BC, including without limitation the BC Allocationel 17 shall be free and clear of all liens, claims, encumbrances, and other interests T pursuant to Bankruptcy Code section 363(f), including but not limited to (i) any 18 purported liens, assignments, encumbrances, or other purported transfers to litigation funders or other creditors of the Debtor, and (ii) any purported 19 assignments or transfers (or agreements to a substitution of counsel or notice of association or appearance) by the Debtor.Any liens, claims, encumbrances, or other interests of the Debtor’s 21 creditors or other entities that may assert an interest in the Debtor’s right to attorneys’ fees or other compensation relating to the Clients shall attach only to 22 the Estate Allocation, to the same extent, priority, and validity (if any) that such liens, claims, encumbrances, or other interests had prior to consummation of the 23 Agreement, and subject to any claims or defenses the Trustee or the Estate may have. true and correct copy of the foregoing document entitled (specify): NOTICE OF MOTION FOR ORDER AUTHORIZING HE TRANSITION AND ASSIGNMENT OF THE ESTATE'S INTERESTS IN THE TALC LITIGATION TO BISNAR HASE FREE AND CLEAR OF LIENS, CLAIMS AND INTERESTS PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. § 363 will be served or as served (a) on the judge in chambers in the form and manner required by LBR 5005-2(d); and (b) in the manner stated elow: .Bankruptcy Court oybal Federal Building 55 E. Temple Street, Suite 1660 os Angeles, CA 90012 P. 5 and/or controlling LBR, on (date) ________ , I served the llowing persons and/or entities by personal delivery, overnight mail service, or (for those who consented in writing to uch service method), by facsimile transmission and/or email as follows.
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Document Contents1 SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, State Bar No. 163047 2 email@example.com Philip E. Strok, State Bar No. 169296 3 firstname.lastname@example.org Timothy W. Evanston, State Bar No. 319342 4 email@example.com 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 5 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Telephone: 714 445-1000 6 Facsimile: 714 445-1002 7 Attorneys for Elissa D. Miller, Chapter 7 Trustee 8 9 UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT 10 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 LOS ANGELES DIVISION 2 0 0 92626 4 445-1 1123 I GnI RreA RDI KEESE, CChaasep tNero 7. 2:20-bk-21022-BR ornia ax 71 a, Calif00 • F 14 NAOUTTHICOER OIZFIN MGO TTHIOEN T FROARN SOIRTIDOENR A ND s0 15 ASSIGNMENT OF THE ESTATE'S e1 M5- INTERESTS IN THE TALC LITIGATION a 4 ost4 4 16 TO BISNAR CHASE FREE AND CLEAR C71 OF LIENS, CLAIMS AND INTERESTS el 17 PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. § 363 T Debtor. 18 [No Hearing Required Pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(o)] 19 20 21 TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES: 22 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Elissa D. Miller, the chapter 7 trustee for the bankruptcy estate of Girardi Keese (the "Trustee"), has filed a Motion for Order 23 Authorizing the Transition and Assignment of the Estate's Interests in the Talc Litigation to Bisnar Chase Free and Clear of Liens, Claims and Interests Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. 24 § 363 (the "Motion"). The Trustee is requesting that the Motion be granted without a hearing as provided in Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(o) unless a party in interest timely 25 files and serves a written opposition to the Motion and requests a hearing. The Motion issummarized as follows: 26 1. Pre-petition, the Debtor represented approximately 178 plaintiffs against 27 Johnson & Johnson, et al. in connection with claims for personal injury from the use of talcum powder (the "Talc Litigation"). Bisnar Chase ("BC") is currently representing othe
11 plaintiffs in the Talc Litigation, and BC wishes to substitute in as counsel for 92 of the Debtor's clients (the "Clients").1 2 2. The Debtor is not able to continue to perform as counsel, and BC has 3 agreed to substitute in as counsel for the Clients subject to each Client's consent. Accordingly, the Trustee and BC entered into a transition agreement, whereby the 4 Trustee agreed to transfer the Estate's interest in 92 cases in the Talc Litigation to BC (the "Agreement"). The salient terms of the Agreement are as follows: 5 (a) All fees that may be received by BC or the Debtor on account of the 6 representation of the Clients in the Talc Litigation, net of (i) referral fees, and (ii) any common benefit assessments ("Fees"), shall be allocated as follows: 7 (i) To the Trustee for the benefit of the Estate, 20% of the Fees 8 after deducting costs (the “Estate Allocation”); 9 (ii) To BC, 80% of the Fees after deducting Costs (the "BC Allocation"). Any Referral Fees due on cases which have been referred to 10 the Debtor and are transferred to BC pursuant to this Agreement shall be deducted from the BC Allocation. Except with respect to the cases referre11 to the Debtor by Walker, whose Referral Fee shall be 40% (i.e., 40% of th2 Fees to BC, 40% of the Fees to Walker, and 20% of the Fees to Estate), 0 0 92626 4 445-1 1123 BathsCas tu swmhhaeilc l thbh eew araeuspt hareogsrrieezneetdda tttiooo ninn eo wgf rotihttiiena gtCe b liaeelnlt wotset heuennr d tRheeer f teChrelriea snl aFtmse aeen sfd.e etBh sCetr Duacgetrbuetreoesr . a tso ornia ax 71 a, Calif00 • F 14 otherwi(sbe) incuItr ries du ncodsetrss tiono tdh ea nTda lacc Lkintiogwatlieodng, esdo mthea to tfh we hDicehb tmora yh abse acdlaviamnsc eind tohrs0 15 Bankruptcy Case, and reimbursement for such costs will be made to the Estate ae1 M5- part of the Estate Allocation. a 4 ost4 4 16 C71 (c) The assignment to BC, including without limitation the BC Allocationel 17 shall be free and clear of all liens, claims, encumbrances, and other interests T pursuant to Bankruptcy Code section 363(f), including but not limited to (i) any 18 purported liens, assignments, encumbrances, or other purported transfers to litigation funders or other creditors of the Debtor, and (ii) any purported 19 assignments or transfers (or agreements to a substitution of counsel or notice of association or appearance) by the Debtor. 20 (d) Any liens, claims, encumbrances, or other interests of the Debtor’s 21 creditors or other entities that may assert an interest in the Debtor’s right to attorneys’ fees or other compensation relating to the Clients shall attach only to 22 the Estate Allocation, to the same extent, priority, and validity (if any) that such liens, claims, encumbrances, or other interests had prior to consummation of the 23 Agreement, and subject to any claims or defenses the Trustee or the Estate may have. The BC Allocation shall be free and clear of such liens, claims, 24 encumbrances, or other interests. For the avoidance of doubt, BC is assuming noliabilities of the Estate, the Debtor, or any current or former partners, members, 25 attorneys, insiders, affiliates, or employees thereof, whether under contract, tort, ootherwise. 26 27 1 An additional 86 of the Debtor's clients in the Talc Litigation are being transitionedto a different firm pursuant to a separate motion before this Court [Docket No. 313].
21 (e) The terms of the Agreement, and the effectiveness thereof, are subject to Court approval. 2 3. The proposed assignment, which is subject to each Client's consent, is in 3 the best interests of the Estate and has been proposed in good faith. Under the Agreement, the Estate will realize 20% of any contingency fees earned plus costs on 4 terms that are fair to the Estate. Finally, the Agreement is the product of the Trustee's arms-length negotiations with BC. 5 DEADLINE FOR FILING AND SERVING OPPOSITION PAPERS AND 6 REQUEST FOR A HEARING: Pursuant to LBR 9013-1(o), any party who opposes the Motion may request a hearing on the Motion. The deadline to file and serve a written 7 opposition and request for hearing is 14 days after the date of service of this notice, plus3 additional days if you were served by mail or pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5(b)(2)(D) or (F). 8 If you timely file and serve a written opposition and request for a hearing, the 9 Trustee will file and serve a notice of hearing at least 14 days in advance of the hearing. If you fail to comply with this deadline: 10 (a) The Trustee will file a declaration to indicate (1) the Motion was 11 properly served, (2) the response period elapsed, and (3) no party filed and serve2 a written opposition and request for a hearing within 14 days after the date of 0 0 92626 4 445-1 1123 service( bo)f the Tnhoeti cTer;u stee will lodge an order that the Court may use to grant the ornia ax 71 Motion; and a, Calif00 • F 14 (c) The Court may treat your failure as a waiver of your right to oppose s0 15 the Motion and may grant the Motion without further hearing and notice. e1 M5- a 4 ost4 4 16 DATED: April 29, 2021 SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP C1 el 7 17 T 18 By: /s/ Lei Lei Wang Ekvall 19 LEI LEI WANG EKVALL Attorneys for Elissa D. Miller, Chapter 7 20 Trustee 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
3PROOF OF SERVICE OF DOCUMENT am over the age of 18 and not a party to this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding. My business address is 3200 ark Center Drive, Suite 250, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. true and correct copy of the foregoing document entitled (specify): NOTICE OF MOTION FOR ORDER AUTHORIZING HE TRANSITION AND ASSIGNMENT OF THE ESTATE'S INTERESTS IN THE TALC LITIGATION TO BISNAR HASE FREE AND CLEAR OF LIENS, CLAIMS AND INTERESTS PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. § 363 will be served or as served (a) on the judge in chambers in the form and manner required by LBR 5005-2(d); and (b) in the manner stated elow: . TO BE SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (NEF): Pursuant to controlling General rders and LBR, the foregoing document will be served by the court via NEF and hyperlink to the document. On (date) pril 29, 2021 I checked the CM/ECF docket for this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding and determined that the llowing persons are on the Electronic Mail Notice List to receive NEF transmission at the email addresses stated below: Service information continued on attached pag . SERVED BY UNITED STATES MAIL: n (date) April 29, 2021 , I served the following persons and/or entities at the last known addresses in this bankruptcy ase or adversary proceeding by placing a true and correct copy thereof in a sealed envelope in the United States mail, rst class, postage prepaid, and addressed as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declaration that mailing to the dge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document is filed. he Honorable Barry Russell .S. Bankruptcy Court oybal Federal Building 55 E. Temple Street, Suite 1660 os Angeles, CA 90012 Service information continued on attached pag . SERVED BY PERSONAL DELIVERY, OVERNIGHT MAIL, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OR EMAIL (state method r each person or entity served): Pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5 and/or controlling LBR, on (date) ________ , I served the llowing persons and/or entities by personal delivery, overnight mail service, or (for those who consented in writing to uch service method), by facsimile transmission and/or email as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declaration at personal delivery on, or overnight mail to, the judge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document is led. Service information continued on attached pag declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is true and correct. April 29, 2021 Gabriela Gomez-Cruz /s/ Gabriela Gomez-Cruz Date Printed Name Signature
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