988 F.2d 322 (2nd Cir. 1993), 759, In re Chateaugay Corp.

Docket Nº:759, Docket 92-5056.
Citation:988 F.2d 322
Party Name:In re CHATEAUGAY CORPORATION, Reomar, Inc., and LTV Corporation, Inc., et al., Debtors. OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF UNSECURED CREDITORS OF LTV AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE CO. INC., Appellant, v. OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF UNSECURED CREDITORS OF LTV STEEL CO., INC., Chateaugay Corporation, Reomar, Inc., et al., Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, LTV Corporation,
Case Date:March 09, 1993
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
 
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988 F.2d 322 (2nd Cir. 1993)

In re CHATEAUGAY CORPORATION, Reomar, Inc., and LTV

Corporation, Inc., et al., Debtors.

OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF UNSECURED CREDITORS OF LTV AEROSPACE

AND DEFENSE CO. INC., Appellant,

v.

OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF UNSECURED CREDITORS OF LTV STEEL CO.,

INC., Chateaugay Corporation, Reomar, Inc., et al., Pension

Benefit Guaranty Corporation, LTV Corporation, et al.,

Official Parent Creditors' Committee of the LTV Corporation,

Appellees.

No. 759, Docket 92-5056.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

March 9, 1993

Argued Jan. 6, 1993.

Max O. Truitt, Jr., Washington, DC (William J. Perlstein, Stephen M. Cutler, Anne D. Bolling, Gregory S. Lane, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, DC, Carla E. Craig, Steven M. Schwartz, Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason, New York City, on the brief), for appellant.

Brian M. Cogan, New York City (Mark S. Wintner, Mark A. Speiser, Leslie Payson, David Simonetti, James McGovern, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Harold S. Novikoff, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York City on the brief), for appellee Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of LTV Steel Co., Inc.

Lewis B. Kaden, New York City (Karen E. Wagner, Lawrence J. Portnoy, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Michael J. Crames, Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, New York City on the brief), for appellees LTV Corp. and LTV Steel Co., Inc.

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James J. Armbruster, Asst. Gen. Counsel, Pension Benefit Guar. Corp., Washington, DC (Carol Connor Flowe, Gen. Counsel, William G. Beyer, Deputy Gen. Counsel, Pension Benefit Guar. Corp., Charles G. Cole, Nancy K. Hayes, Sara E. Hauptfuehrer, Carina J. Campobasso, Steptoe & Johnson, Washington, DC, on the brief), for appellee Pension Benefit Guar. Corp.

Thomas E. Biron, Philadelphia, PA (Raymond L. Shapiro, Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, Philadelphia, PA, on the brief), for appellee Official Parent Creditors' Committee of the LTV Corp.

Before: KEARSE, WINTER, and WALKER, Circuit Judges.

KEARSE, Circuit Judge:

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of LTV Aerospace and Defense Co. ("Aerospace Committee" or "Committee") appeals from an order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, David N. Edelstein, Judge, dismissing its appeal from a November 5, 1991 order of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Burton R. Lifland, Chief Judge, which, inter alia, authorized the payment of funds from the estate of LTV Steel Co. ("LTV Steel") to a pension plan through the end of September 1992. The district court dismissed Aerospace Committee's appeal on the ground that the Committee lacked standing to attack the bankruptcy court's order. See In re Chateaugay Corp., 141 B.R. 794 (S.D.N.Y.1992). On appeal, the Committee challenges the district court's standing ruling. For the reasons below, we conclude that the present appeal is moot, and we accordingly vacate the district court's order and remand with instructions to dismiss the Committee's appeal to the district court on the ground of mootness.

I. BACKGROUND

In July 1986, LTV Corporation ("LTV") and 66 of its subsidiary and affiliated companies (collectively "debtors"), including LTV Steel and LTV Aerospace and Defense Co. ("Aerospace"), filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. § 1101, et seq. (1988) ("Code"). The individual cases were consolidated for procedural, though not substantive, purposes and are being jointly administered.

  1. Proposed Settlement of LTV Steel's Pension Fund Liabilities

    At the time of the Chapter 11 filings, LTV Steel was the sponsor of four pension plans administered by LTV, including the Jones & Laughlin Hourly Pension Plan ("J & L Hourly Plan" or "Plan"). The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ("PBGC") at first terminated these plans and took over their assets and liabilities. It subsequently reinstated the J & L Hourly Plan and two others, see generally Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. v. LTV Corp., 496 U.S. 633, 640-44, 110 S.Ct. 2668, 2672-75, 110 L.Ed.2d 579 (1990), returning responsibility for their administration and funding to LTV, see generally In re Chateaugay Corp., 973 F.2d 141, 142 (2d Cir.1992).

    Since both Aerospace and LTV Steel are subsidiaries of LTV, Aerospace is a member of LTV Steel's "controlled group" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") and is jointly and severally liable with LTV and other LTV subsidiaries for claims made against the LTV Steel pension plans upon termination. See 29 U.S.C. § 1362(a) (1988 & Supp. I 1989); In re Chateaugay Corp., 973 F.2d at 142. Accordingly, PBGC filed proofs of claim against Aerospace...

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