CPI Corp. - Preference Defense Lawyer

CPI Corp.

On February 6, 2015 and again from April 24 to 27, 2015, Charles A. Stanziale, Jr., as the Chapter 7 Trustee of CPI Corp., et al., filed preference complaints seeking to avoid and recover alleged preferential transfers pursuant to Sections 547 and 550 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Previously, CPI Corp., et al. (the “Debtors”) filed petitions for bankruptcy in the District of Delaware on May 1, 2013 under Chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.  These adversary actions are before the Honorable Brendan L. Shannon.

Common Defenses in Preference Actions

The United States Bankruptcy Code provides many affirmative defenses to preference actions, contained within Section 547(c). For example, the most common defenses that may be available to a Defendant under Section 547(c) may include:
•    the transfer was a contemporaneous exchange for new value given to the debtor (i.e., the debtor received something of value in exchange for the transfer); 11 U.S.C. §547(c)(1);
•    after such transfer, Defendant gave new value to or for the benefit of the debtor (i.e., the Defendant extended additional credit to the Debtor after receiving the transfer) 11 U.S.C. §547(c)(4); or
•    the transfer was in payment of a debt incurred by the debtor in the ordinary course of business or financial affairs of the debtor and the recipient (i.e., Defendant made the transfer under ordinary business terms). 11 U.S.C. §547(c)(2).
For more information, see our page on Preference Defense Litigation: http://www.tobialaw.com/delaware-preference-defense-lawyer.html

If you conducted business with CPI Corp., and especially if you have received a demand letter or complaint, contact us here, email us at info@tobialaw.com or call the firm’s Wilmington offices directly at (302) 655-5303 to schedule a free initial consultation. We can discuss the circumstances and share with you our initial observations at no charge.
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