Quiz Question On Debt Limits For Bankruptcy Eligibility

Not eligible for roaming the prairie (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson QUIZ – Multiple Choice Question Question: Where is this bankruptcy eligibility language found: “aggregate noncontingent liquidated secured and unsecured debts as of the date of the filing of the petition or the date of the order for relief in an amount not... Continue Reading →

“Small Business Debtor” And “Subchapter V” Co-Exist As Separate Systems In Chapter 11

Co-existing, side-by-side (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson A little-known effect of the enactment of Subchapter V is this: Prior “small business debtor” rules now co-exist, side-by-side, with (and separately from) Subchapter V rules in Chapter 11; andWe have two separate-but-similar systems for small business debtors. A Chronology Consider this chronology of changes that... Continue Reading →

What Are Owners Of A Closely-Held Business To Do, When Subchapter V Is Not Available?

By: Donald L Swanson It happens.  There are businesses in financial stress who, for a variety of reasons, can’t qualify for Subchapter V.  Owners want to save the business, but Subchapter V is not available. Reasons why Subchapter V might be unavailable include: Debtor has more than $7.5 million of qualifying debt and can’t get enough... Continue Reading →

Subchapter V Eligibility: Congress Needs To Permanently Extend The $7.5 Million Limit — Now!

A permanent extender? (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L. Swanson The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (aka “Subchapter V”) has been in effect since February 19, 2020.  And here’s something we’ve learned since then: Subchapter V meets a definite need in our society for helping small businesses and owners in financial stress. I’ve seen... Continue Reading →

Subchapter V: What Does “Fair and Equitable” Mean For Plan Confirmation? (In re Pearl & In re Ellingsworth)

The path to confirmation? (Photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson 11 U.S.C. § 1191 is Subchapter V’s plan confirmation statute.  One confirmation essential, from § 1191(b), is that a Subchapter V plan must be “fair and equitable” to each impaired class that does not accept the plan. This article summarizes two bankruptcy court opinions... Continue Reading →

Do Creditors Vote on Subchapter V Plans? (In re Desert Lake / In re Pearl Resources)

Voting (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson In Subchapter V of the Bankruptcy Code, the “Post-Petition Disclosure and Solicitation” provisions of § 1125 do not apply without a specific court order (see § 1181(b)). Voting Questions So, a question exists on how the plan voting provisions of § 1126 and Fed.Bankr.R. 3018 might apply... Continue Reading →

Subchapter V Debt Limit: Lease Rejection Damages and PPP Loans (In re Parking)

Well-defined limits (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By Donald L. Swanson The opinion is In re Parking Management, Inc., Case No. 20-15026, in the Maryland Bankruptcy Court (decided August 28, 2020, Doc. 224). The Question The question is whether Debtor has too much debt to qualify for Subchapter V relief. Background —Subchapter V The new Subchapter V... Continue Reading →

Subchapter V and § 1111(b) Election

An election system and process (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Wow—didn’t expect to see an § 1111(b) election opinion under Subchapter V this soon! But here it is: In re Body Transit, Inc. d/b/a/ Rascals Fitness, Bky. No. 20-10014 in Eastern Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Court (decided August 7, 2020, by Hon. Eric. L. Frank,... Continue Reading →

Paying Pre-Petition Retainers To Debtor’s Counsel From A Lender’s Collateral? (In re 3P4PL, LLC)

The wheels of commerce must continue to turn (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Under UCC § 9-332, a debtor’s attorney can receive, and keep, pre-petition retainers paid from a lender’s collateral proceeds—absent collusion. That’s the conclusion of a recent Bankruptcy Court opinion in Walters v. Lynch (In re 3P4PL, LLC), Adv. No. 15-1120,... Continue Reading →

Subchapter V: Eligibility And Mortgage Impairment For A Residence/Bed & Breakfast (In re Ventura)

A Bed & Breakfast (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson Chapter 11 Debtor owns her home and uses it as a Bed & Breakfast. The mortgage on Debtor's B&B/residence is her primary debt. This raises Subchapter V issues like: Eligibility—is her primary debt a consumer debt or a business debt?Eligibility—is her bankruptcy a "single... Continue Reading →

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