The Bankruptcy Code authorizes the retention of lawyers and other professionals to provide necessary services to the trustee or debtor in possession. The lawyers and other professionals must submit fee applications itemizing their work for approval by the bankruptcy court, and those applications can be challenged by creditors and other parties in interest. This case asks whether a bankruptcy court has the authority to award fees to a law firm to cover its work in defending against challenges brought to its fee applications.
42 Preview U.S. Sup. Ct. Cas. 191 (2014-2015)