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 →
Custodians By: Donald L Swanson The case is, In re U.S.A. Parts Supply, Cadillac U.S.A. Oldsmobile U.S.A., L.P., Case No. 20-bk-241, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern West Virginia (decided Aug. 17, 2020, Doc. 143). On March 22, 2020, Debtor files a voluntary Chapter 11 petition under Subchapter V as a small business debtor. Creditors promptly file a... Continue Reading →
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 →
“Currently" engaged in flying By: Donald L Swanson In re Blanchard, Case No. 19-12440, Bankr. E.D. La. (Doc. 137, decided 7/16/2020), is a Subchapter V eligibility opinion. The opinion stands for two propositions: Subchapter V exists to help small businesses reorganize; andNothing in Subchapter V, or in the definition of a small business debtor, requires a... Continue Reading →
Beware (photo by Marilyn Swanson) By: Donald L Swanson We are seeing voluntary dismissals of Chapter 11 cases these days. Some dismissals occur to take advantage of Subchapter V. Others occur to receive pandemic benefits unavailable to debtors in bankruptcy. But hazards are lurking for debtors in such dismissals. One such hazard is the automatic termination... Continue Reading →
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 →
The SBRA exists today because small businesses have had difficulty getting plans confirmed under chapter 11.
Since the obvious intent of Congress is to help small businesses in financial stress and to abbreviate their Chapter 11 process, courts will try to avoid roadblocks when they can.
The absolute priority rule is still an impediment to reorganizing medium-size businesses in Chapter 11.
By: Donald L Swanson “Those with business, managerial, consulting, mediation and operational experience are encouraged to apply.” --From “Solicitation” by U.S. Trustee for Applicants to Serve as Subchapter V Trustees (emphasis added) Back in August of this year, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 became law. It’s effective date is 180 days later—February 19, 2020.... Continue Reading →