AUTOMOTIVE

EZ Lube LLC, Express Lube Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware.  

Key Plastics files prepackaged Chapter 11 petition; secured $20M in DIP financing.  

Precision Parts International filed Chapter 11 petition; commences winding down operations.  

BROADCASTING

Equity Media Holdings, Corp. filed for Chapter 11; secured lender seeks conversion to Chapter 7  

ENERGY  

CDX Gas LLC, affiliates, filed for Chapter 11 protection; normal business operations to continue.  

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Landsbanki Islands filed Chapter 15 petition for recognition of foreign proceeding.  

FOOD PROCESSING

Pierre Foods emerges from Chapter 11.  

HEALTH CARE

Molecular Imaging Corp. filed Chapter 11 petition in California.  

SPECIALTY RETAILER

KB Toys, affiliates filed second Chapter 11 petition in four years; planning closing sales.  

As a result of a bankruptcy filing, an automatic stay is in effect prohibiting creditors from seeking to take certain action outside the bankruptcy proceedings to collect amounts due to them from the debtor which arose prior to the filing of the bankruptcy petition. Nonetheless, you as a creditor may be entitled to take certain legal action. For example, if you are a supplier who has shipped goods which were received by the debtor within forty-five (45) days prior to the Bankruptcy filing, you should submit a proper reclamation demand in order to recover possession of your products, or, at the debtor’s option, receive a higher priority administrative claim as to those goods when compared to a typical unsecured claimant thereby significantly increasing the likelihood of receiving payment. In order to have the court consider such a demand, you must submit the reclamation demand in writing.

As part of court orders entered shortly after the filing of the case, the Bankruptcy Court may grant the debtor the discretion to pay certain "essential suppliers"-- to be determined by the debtor --all or some of the pre-petition amounts due in exchange for an agreement to, among other things, continue supplying in accordance with similar terms. If deemed to be one of these "essential suppliers," a letter outlining this agreement will be sent to you by the debtor. However, you can take certain action to increase the likelihood of being designated a critical vendor.  

The Court may also enter an order granting an administrative expense priority to creditors in connection with any products received by the Debtor shortly before and after the bankruptcy filling.  

Please note that the filing of the bankruptcy petition by the debtor may relieve you from the agreements and understandings that you have exchanged with the debtor. Alternatively, if your agreement is assumed by the debtor, all amounts due to your company may be paid. You may have options available to you that may minimize your company's exposure under these proceedings, however, this would require a complete review of your agreements with the debtor.