Hastings Business Law Journal


The 2007 recession led to thousands of corporate bankruptcies. When a corporation declares bankruptcy, suppliers are forced to recover payments that are legally owed to them, and thus suffer severe economic losses. Suppliers can benefit from being proactive in their use of legal tools to increase the probability of collecting receivables from their customers. This article explains how bankruptcy can affect suppliers' ability to obtain full payment for goods sold and details remedies available to suppliers under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act ("BAPCPA"). The author also provides tactics for how to improve the leverage of the supplier when dealing with financially distressed customers. Finally, the author discusses unsettled issues of importance to suppliers that remain after the enactment of BAPCPA.