According to the reporting from the Los Angeles Times, Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company, which is based in Topeka, Kansas, operates stores all around the country, including throughout the state of California. At least 400 stores are set to close nationally, with 30 closing in California alone.
The Mercury News reports that Sungevity, an Oakland-based renewable energy company, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to the report, Sungevity has laid off several hundred employees and now plans to sell itself off to Northern Pacific Group, a venture capital company firm based in Minnesota. This sale can only go through with approval from a bankruptcy court.
The Chapter 11 bankruptcy process is notoriously complex. Indeed, the process can feel extremely overwhelming for those looking to reorganize their company's liabilities. Here, our San Jose business bankruptcy attorneys have put together a brief roadmap for what you can expect during your Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. More specifically, we have chronologically outlined some of the key events that will take place during the process.
According to reporting from The Mercury News, Titans of Mavericks, LLC, a surfing events and lifestyle brand headquartered in San Mateo County, California, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Court records and reports indicate that the company is attempting to use the bankruptcy process and the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections to help ensure that its assets and intellectual property are able to be sold off to a new buyer.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy is also frequently referred to as a restructuring bankruptcy or as a reorganization bankruptcy. This is because the primary purpose of this type of bankruptcy is to allow the filing business to shed burdensome liabilities so that it can come out of the process on a sustainable financial path. Of course, actually getting through Chapter 11 and coming out in good shape can be difficult for any business. In fact, far too many businesses fail to ever regain stable financial footing. Ultimately, there is one specific challenge that all filing businesses face: The ability to access capital for post-filing business operations.
According to reporting from Business Insider, La Paloma Generating Co LLC, a California power producer, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A representative from the company told reporters that the current market conditions and regulatory environment made it impossible for the natural gas plant to operate with its current debt load. The company has at least $524 million worth of outstanding debts. As such, the McKittrick based power plant will now enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings with the goal of shedding some of its burdensome financial obligations so that it can come out of bankruptcy on a more stable financial footing.
In October of 2015, the Los Angeles-based clothing brand American Apparel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. By February 2016, the company had exited bankruptcy and was hopeful for the future. This occurred after the company got its creditors to approve its $230 million reorganization plan. The plan swapped large amounts of debt for equity. Unfortunately, less than a year later, it appears that the restructuring plan was inadequate to meet the financial challenges facing the company. According to Bloomberg news, American Apparel has once again filed for Chapter 11 protection.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a beneficial reorganization tool for many financially distressed businesses. Filing Bankruptcy can help a business in many ways. You can reorganize your debt, both secured and unsecured. Bankruptcy can give you protection from your creditors while you litigate against businesses or person who have interfered with your business. Bankruptcy can also help you with your debt.
All businesses that file for bankruptcy protection will eventually face a meeting of creditors. Also known as a 341 meeting, this meeting is required under the Bankruptcy Code. The broad purpose of the meeting is to ensure that the filing business has fairly and honestly represented its assets and liabilities to the creditors. If your business is soon facing a 341 meeting in Silicon Valley, you should contact an experienced San Jose business bankruptcy attorney today to further discuss your legal rights and options.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy is also known as a reorganization bankruptcy. This is because companies enter Chapter 11 with the goal of shedding overly restrictive obligations, restructuring their debt and emerging as a stronger and healthier business. The Chapter 11 process requires that companies come up with a realistic reorganization plan. A restructuring plan must be approved before a company can move forward with reorganization. Chapter 11 plans will only be approved if they meet all relevant legal requirements. One of the most often contested requirements is the provision that demands the equal treatment of creditors. An experienced Chapter 11 lawyer can help your company craft an effective reorganization plan that meets this legal requirement along with all others.