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The Sader Law Firm can help businesses file for Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy to restructure and erase debts.

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Could Help Sears Survive

Sears was recently granted a $5.2 billion reorganization plan. Under the plan, Sears can continue operating 425 department stores. The plan also allows 45,000 workers to keep their jobs. Chairman Eddie Lampert entered Sears into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October. Lampert’s bid fought opposition from several unsecured creditors, including mall suppliers and owners. These creditors tried to stop the sale and requested for liquidation of the company. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain for the Southern District of New York rejected the creditors’ claims. He disagreed that the sale would shut out other parties who wanted to purchase the company, and he rejected the idea that Sears has more value to creditors if it failed. Sears argued that the sale was the best solution, and they explained the need to save thousands of jobs. Although Sears’ long-term fate is murky, Chapter 11 bankruptcy will help provide the retailer a lifeline while…
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When Management is the Reason Your Company is Struggling Financially

Eddie Lampert’s 4.8-billion-dollar Sears buyout announcement earlier this month comes amid the once-iconic corporation’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The bankruptcy, filed in October, allows for financial restructuring. Lampert personally stands to lose 2.4 billion if it fails. While the buzz around this latest headline is focused on Lampert’s intentions to possibly bleed the company of more money through the deal’s fine print, the fact remains: even in bankruptcy, Lampert is still in charge of a business he is widely accused of running into the ground. A Business Insider article reveals the intimate details of a small, private meeting between Lampert and a few mid-level employees, providing insight into a deeper level of dysfunction within the once-iconic company. The article describes employees’ fearful preparations moments before Lampert appeared on a screen at Sears Illinois headquarters. He joined the meeting from his Florida mansion. The employees were concerned about the words the…
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Bankruptcy Success Stories: American Airlines

We have written extensively about how struggling businesses can benefit by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Over the years, numerous companies survived financial disasters by seeking Chapter 11 protections. Some of these companies are household names, such as American Airlines. American Airlines is the largest commercial airliner in the United States. Despite its history of success, the company experienced severe financial problems less than a decade ago. American Airlines was beset by numerous financial setbacks before its parent company, the AMR Corporation, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011. For instance, the company reported steep losses and major problems negotiating labor contracts with pilot unions. The company was also facing excessive debts and rising fuel prices. Many of these problems had persisted for years before the AMR Corporation sought protections under Chapter 11. In fact, the company narrowly avoided filing for bankruptcy in 2003. In 2011, facing a serious crisis,…
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