Boy Scouts of Am. Century Indem. Co.

This appeal centered around Section 327(a) of the Bankruptcy Code and the rules of professional conduct. The case involved the Boy Scouts, its insurer, its insurer’s reinsurer, and other multiple firms. Given the issue’s complexity, Judge Ambro authored a remarkably easy-to-read opinion. The law firm Sidley Austin represented the insurer in its pursuit of reinsurance for a policy issued to the Boy Scouts. The firm also represented the Boy Scouts in its bankruptcy restructuring efforts. And it was in that latter case where the litigation to this appeal arose. The insurer “came to feel jilted” and objected when Sidley filed a retention request in the Boy Scout’s bankruptcy case. The Bankruptcy Court, the District Court, and the Third Circuit agreed that Sidley could represent the Boy Scouts in the bankruptcy proceedings.

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