The following is a list of some recent larger U.S. bankruptcy filings in various industries. To the extent you are a creditor to any of these debtors, or other entities which may have filed for bankruptcy protection, you as a creditor are entitled to certain protections under the Bankruptcy Code.  

AUTOMOTIVE  

Auto Cast, Inc. files Chapter 11 in the Western District of Michigan.  

Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. and its affiliated debtors file Chapter 11 in the District of Delaware.  

AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS

Airbag fabric maker Global Safety Textiles files plan, secures DIP financing, to emerge.  

FormTech Industries LLC files pre-arranged Chapter 11; plans to sell assets to HHI Holdings.  

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Holding company Colonial BancGroup Inc. files for Chapter 11 protection in Alabama.  

HOME BUILDING

Court approves WCI Communities Inc.’s reorganization plan; retains chief executive officer; emerges after year in Chapter 11.  

HOTELS

River Road Hotel Partners LLC, seven affiliates file for Chapter 11 protection in Illinois.  

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Telematics service provider Astrata Group files for Chapter 11 protection in Nevada.  

MEDIA  

Mega Media Group, Echo Broadcasting Group file for Chapter 11 protection in New York.  

Reader’s Digest files pre-arranged Chapter 11 as part of announced restructuring plan.

MORTGAGE ORIGINATION

Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. files for Chapter 11 protection in Florida.  

REAL ESTATE

Luxury condo Cabi Downtown LLC seeks Chapter 11 protection in Florida.  

RETAIL  

Samsonite Co. Stores, LLC files for Chapter 11 protection in the District of Delaware.  

SPECIALTY RETAILER

Finlay Enterprises files Chapter 11; Gordon Brothers is stalking horse bidder.  

Luxury retailer Escada (USA) Inc. files for Chapter 11 protection in New York.  

As a result of a bankruptcy filing, an automatic stay is put into 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 timely 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 timely 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 now 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.