CARES Act: Bankruptcy Provisions

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The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) includes bankruptcy-specific provisions that provide enhanced relief for individuals and businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. 

The CARES Act amended the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (SBRA) to increase the eligibility threshold for businesses filing under new subchapter V of chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code from $2,725,625 of debt to $7,500,000.  (A general description of subchapter V of chapter 11 can be found here and here.)  The eligibility threshold will return to $2,725,625 after one year.

On March 27, 2020, Judge Thomas Tucker from the Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Michigan allowed a debtor who had filed for bankruptcy prior to the SBRA’s enactment to proceed under subchapter V of chapter 11.  Judge Tucker’s opinion joins a small but quickly growing set of cases that hold that cases that are already proceeding in a “traditional” chapter 11 may elect to switch and proceed under the SBRA instead.

In addition to revising the SBRA, the CARES Act makes minor revisions to chapters 7 and 13, such as allowing debtors in those chapters to exclude certain coronavirus-related payments from being treated as income for bankruptcy purposes.

This is part of our series of COVID-19 alerts providing clients with practical advice on measures they can take to navigate through these challenging times.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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