Bankruptcy fraud case? Westlaw offers phase-focused guidance

October 6, 2010

A bankruptcy fraud case can be a complicated thing – but your practice guide doesn’t have to be.

In “White Collar Crime: Debtor-Creditor Fraud,” white-collar defense attorneys Jonathan D. Cogan and Michael S. Kim isolate the major phases of the debtor-creditor relationship in which fraud may occur:

  • Before the debt (fraudulent transfers)
  • Acquiring the debt (fraudulent efforts to obtain the loan)
  • During the debt (leakage of value from debt collateral)
  • Reselling the debt (fraud on purchasers of securitized debt)
  • After the debt (fraud on creditors during bankruptcy)

The easiest way to use this practice guide is to access the newly released White Collar Crime: Debtor-Creditor Fraud database (WCC-DCF) on Westlaw, which contains the full text of Cogan and Kim’s practice guide (current through the November 2009 update).

With WCC-DCF, you can focus on the point in the debtor-creditor relationship when the fraud occurred. All analysis and practice material pertaining to a particular phase – including practice tips, research references, typical prosecution legal theories and investigative techniques, discovery checklists, and motion considerations – are in one place. (Sample forms are gathered in an additional chapter.)

To use the guide, just access WCC-DCF on Westlaw and use the Table of Contents service to browse the contents devoted to a particular phase and retrieve relevant sections by clicking section names. Alternatively, you can search using the Terms and Connectors or Natural Language search method. Each section typically includes links to the West Key Number Digest, research references, and cited authorities.

» See the WCC-DCF Table of Contents on Westlaw (sign-on required)