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Posts posted by Eagle1993

  1. 15 minutes ago, CynicalScouter said:

    Official agenda for September 23.


    The first 3 items have been agreed to by stipulation and agreement, including by the TCC, therefore they will likely take about 2 minutes each (Lauria will explain what they are, why all parties agree, and judge will ask for objections. Hearing none, she'll move on). That will leave

    • Debtors’ Motion for Entry of an Order (I) Approving Knight Settlement Agreement and (II)  Modifying  the  Automatic  Stay,  to  the  Extent  Necessary  to  Permit  Payment  of Settlement Amount by Applicable Insurance. (D.I. 6154, filed 9/2/21).
    • Debtors’ Motion for Entry of an Order (I) Approving Romero Settlement Agreement and (II)  Modifying  the  Automatic  Stay,  to  the  Extent  Necessary  to  Permit  Payment  of Settlement Amount by Applicable Insurance. (D.I. 6155, filed 9/2/21).

    I don't think the court got through all of the Plan Disclosure objections.  When will those be covered?  It seems like we have days and days of hearings left just on that.

  2. 30 minutes ago, CynicalScouter said:

    There is no way Plan 5.0 or any iteration gets 67%. The judge will be left with three choices:


    I see a chance to get 67%

    • Only positive statements about the plan are included in the voting package
    • More claims than we thought are either fraudulent or submitted with minimal care ... claims just looking to get a quick payout of anything.
    •  All claims get the same vote.  I actually think those most impacted will be the non time barred claims that are looking to pursue the issue in state court.  If they get a bigger vote, I see this deal dying.
    • Coalition lawyers have letters allowing them to vote for their claimants

    So, I think it is a done deal yet.  It is definitely risky and I would love the TCC to be on board before it goes out to a vote.  Note that even if a vote approves the deal, it could die (for example, if the Purdue Pharma deal is blowing up in appeal  courts, the judge in this case may rethink where this is headed).

    I really think BSA should have a negotiated BSA only settlement ready if the grand bargain dies.  I have no idea of the odds of this, but I don't have a good feeling unless the TCC backs the deal.

  3. 42 minutes ago, CynicalScouter said:

    At Muttsy's $100,000 levels, that's $1.3 billion.

    Both numbers are well within the realm of what BSA is offering.

    Perhaps I am confused, but BSA isn't offering $1.3B for time barred claims.  They are offering ~$2B for ALL claims.  Given that the non time barred claims are going to be given a much higher payout than time barred claims, I believe the BSA offer for time barred claims will end up being <<<$1.3B.  I think it is too early to really see where this is headed as there are complexities with LDS & LC payouts, but I expect all claims will get much less than any average settlement they would have seen in state court.

  4. I dropped off the call and was primarily focused on work today, but a few things points I took away:

    1. The delays are done.  We are now at the start of the beginning of the end.  
    2. Current focus is the disclosure.  Expect this to take most of the week.  The judge has been clear that disclosure is separate from discovery which is separate from plan confirmation.  
    3. There are some pretty big questions.  Does the LC, LDS & Hartford money go to all (an LDS attorney wasn't sure and it could impact the vote)?  What amount of detail is required in the disclosure ... sounds like more than what there is now, but it must be useful for claimants AND reasonable to obtain.  
    4. The judge is VERY concerned about parts of the plan.  She has a lot of questions.  Tons of focus over insurance liability.
    5. Some LCs may back away if COs are not included.  That was a shock.  The LC contributions are not necessarily locked and loaded.  If COs don't sign on, the BSA lawyer indicated some LCs may back away.  That was a surprise to me.  
    6. COs ... tons of talk about COs and if COs join, what disclosure they need to provide.  For example, now that the LDS contributed $250M, should they have to disclosure details on their assets, liabilities, etc.  Essentially, the same disclosure as LCs?  
    7. Discovery, discovery, discovery .... while the disclosure hearing will be long ... discovery may be bigger.  The judge emphasized this.  Basically, if I put everything in disclosure, would you stop discovery.  Stang said no.  So, her point ... lets keep disclosure reasonable as you will have the opportunity to get the info through discovery.



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  5. 3 minutes ago, CynicalScouter said:

    The BSA's math doesn't add up. I think this is Stang's point.

    If I merge the data from

    Fifth Amended Plan pages 148-149 https://casedocs.omniagentsolutions.com/cmsvol2/pub_47373/010161cd-594e-4b9e-8c88-a7402b49cf4d_6212.pdf

    And Exhibit F of the Fifth Amended Plan https://casedocs.omniagentsolutions.com/cmsvol2/pub_47373/3fa71e64-3562-4885-99ea-d71178ab2f0f_6224.pdf


    Type of Abuse

    Base Matrix Value

    Maximum Matrix Value

    Unique and Timely Abuse Claim Count by Allegation

    Base * Unique and Timely

    Maximum * Unique And Timely






















































    That means White & Case is assuming discounting all those claims down to get to $2.7-7.1 billion. Down from $29-$134 billion.

    That's just insane.

    No victim is going to go into a situation being told they are entitled to $600,000 - $2.7 million but vote for this plan to get you maybe 1-3% of that.

    What you are missing is:

    • SOL ... many of these claims are probably really $0 since they are outside SOL
    • False claims ... BSA must be assuming some are false

    That said ... even then I expect the math doesn't add up.

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  6. One debate right now... insurance company is stating that they have a big deductible per claim.  Given that BSA is saying average claims are $6K or something, then insurance should have to pay NOTHING.  The insurance companies are saying the disclosure is not clear as claimants may think there is substantial insurance when there will be none.

    Now, if you believe the other numbers ($600K - $2M) then there could be insurance coverage; however, BSA is not being consistent in disclosure. 

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  7. 1 minute ago, vol_scouter said:

    For the councils, if the contribution from the local council is only to be applied to those claimants who accuse them ever contribute if they are in a statute of limitations closed state?  My understanding is that the BSA and the local councils would pay into a general fund that a trustee would use to pay the claimants.  

    Even the LDS issue is going to be debated.  I don't think we know for sure.  Right now, it is all 1 big pot per the plan ... unless CynicalScouter found something different in the plan.



  8. One very interesting point that may have been missed.  The FCR stated that with the LDS contribution, there is now a "framework" for CO contributions.  I wonder if the FCR is agreeing to the plan as they think eventually many COs will come in with offers at similar multipliers as the LDS.   Shortly after this, the lawyer for the Catholic/Methodist committee denied there is a framework or even a CO agreement.  Them emphasized that there is an LDS agreement and no other CO has agreed.  They lawyer was asking to delay the hearing to buy more time (but as you know that was denied).

    The Coalition & FCR seemed to be really emphasizing that more deals are coming and the pot of money will grow large.  The TCC seems to be questioning if that is really true, given the LC, LDS and Hartford deals haven't really grown that pot of money nearly as fast as some thought ... and the number of players with large sums to negotiate with are dwindling.

  9. Just now, CynicalScouter said:

    No kidding, I mean 80% of the things coming up in this hearing are things we've already hashed out here in these forums. I'm not saying we've gotten ANSWERS, but we've already talked about almost all of this.

    I think the judge should tell everyone to spend the next few days, ready our 6 threads on the bankruptcy and only then can they talk in court.  I'm serious ... some of these people are either intentionally lost OR they have no clue what is going on.

    For example, the Guam lawyer was surprised to hear that if this deal goes through no one can sue their local council for CSA prior to Feb 2020 (she may not even know that date).  She had no clue about the first Hartford settlement.  Come on people ... at least get up to speed.

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  10. 15 minutes ago, CynicalScouter said:

    Stang is really, really hammering the LCs about how much the LCs are giving in terms of a) how much per victim and b) how much the LCs contributions are as compared to LC assets.

    The judge wants "illustrative examples" included.

    $2.4-$7 billion is what BSA wants to have printed/produced. That's it.

    BSA is very concerned here.  Why?  Because both they and Stang knows that when a claimant sees a valuation of their claim being $1.5M and if they vote yes on this deal, they can expect $15,000 ... guess how they will vote?

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  11. 6 minutes ago, CynicalScouter said:

    Zalkin brings up a great point:

    For LDS settlement, does that $250 million go to ALL claimants, or only claimants with claims against LDS?

    The plan and disclosure does not say either way.

    LDS had 2500 claims, that means  will get either $100,000 per (on average 250,000,000/2500) or $3,000 if divided out over 82,500.

    What if the LDS settlement goes ONLY to LDS victims (and their lawyers).  What if the Hartford settlement only go to the 40,000 Hartford victims (and their lawyers).  Same question came up about Local Councils (will each Local Council settlement only go to their own victims).  That is a major question not answered.  National BSA is clear ... $250M for all ... but the rest?   

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  12. 1 minute ago, CynicalScouter said:

    Zalkin brings up a great point:

    For LDS settlement, does that $250 million go to ALL claimants, or only claimants with claims against LDS?

    The plan and disclosure does not say either way.

    LDS had 2500 claims, that means  will get either $100,000 per (on average 250,000,000/2500) or $3,000 if divided out over 82,500.

    Yes ... AND ... does that prevent them from suing the LDS if the CSA occurred during a non scouting activity.

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  13. Stang is saying ... be careful rushing this through.  BSA attnys are saying 81% will approve.  However, when someone who was raped as a child sees that their payment will be very low with this deal, will they really vote for the plan?  There is a big difference from some attorneys saying they are good (as they are going to get $400M+ and actually getting the votes of the claimants.  Stang also said they are the only group with actual victims in the discussions and they are not on board.

  14. 3 minutes ago, CynicalScouter said:

    BSA now filed its plan timeline for confirmation (assuming judge approves solicitation and voting procedures, etc.)


    Confirmation hearing December 9





    Deadline to Serve Written Discovery

    September 27, 2021

    Deadline to Serve Responses & Objections to Written Discovery

    October 1, 2021

    Document Production Substantially Complete

    October 20, 2021

    Deadline to Complete Fact Depositions

    November 4, 2021

    Expert Reports Due

    November 8, 2021

    Rebuttal Expert Reports Due

    November 17, 2021

    Deadline to Complete Expert Depositions

    November 24, 2021

    Deadline to Exchange Deposition Designations and File Motions in Limine

    December 1, 2021

    Deadline to Exchange Deposition Counter-Designations

    December 3, 2021

    Deadline to Submit Pretrial Order, Witness and Exhibit Lists, Oppositions to Motions in Limine, and for Objections to Deposition Counter-Designations

    December 6, 2021

    Final Pretrial Conference

    [December 7], 20213

    Confirmation Hearing

    December 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)4


    When does voting start/end?

  15. Reading these filings, it really looks like the claim is:

    • National BSA is running out of time.  If they don't have a plan approved with a vote soon, they will likely liquidate.  
    • If they liquidate, the pension board will take most of their money, leaving little to claimants.
    • Claimants will have to pursue LCs & COs in state court and they will start declaring bankruptcy


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