Assured Guaranty Corp. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, No. 18-1165 (1st Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing Appellants' amended complaint in an adversary proceeding arising within the debt adjustment proceeding that the Financial Oversight and Management Board (Board) commenced on behalf of the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority (PRHTA) under Title III of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), 48 U.S.C. 2161-2177, holding that Appellants were not entitled to the relief they sought.
Appellants were financial guarantee insurers that had insured bonds from PRHTA. After the enactment of PROMESA, the Board certified a financial plan by which the PRHTA pledged special revenues to be diverted into the general revenues of Puerto Rico. Payments to the PRHTA bondholders continued, but after the PRHTA defaulted on a scheduled bond payment, the funds ceased to be distributed. Appellants initiated adversary proceedings claiming, among other things, that sections 922(d) and 928 of the Bankruptcy Code required PRHTA to remit payment of special revenues to bondholders during the pendency of the Title III proceedings. The district court dismissed the complaint. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that sections 922(d) and 928(a) permit, but do not require, continued payment during the pendency of the bankruptcy proceedings, and therefore, the district court properly dismissed the complaint.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on April 3, 2019.