Seal123, Inc (f/k/a Wet Seal) - Preference Defense Lawyer

Between December 15 and December 22, 2016, META Advisors LLC, as the Liquidation Trustee of the Seal123, Inc. Liquidation Trust, filed approximately 68 preference complaints seeking to avoid and recover alleged preferential transfers pursuant to Sections 547, 548, 549 and 550 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. 

Procedural History:

The Debtors in these chapter 11 cases are:  Seal123, Inc. (f/k/a The Wet Seal, Inc.), Seal123 Retail, Inc. (f/k/a The Wet Seal Retail, Inc.), Seal123 Catalog, Inc. (f/k/a Wet Seal Catalog, Inc.), and Seal123 GC, LLC (f/k/a Wet Seal GC, LLC).

On January 15, 2015 (the “Petition Date”), each debtor (collectively, the “Debtors”) each filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Court”) a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”). 

These adversary actions and the Chapter 11 proceedings are before the Honorable Christopher S. Sontchi.

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:

If you conducted business with the Wet Seal entities, and especially if you have received a demand letter or complaint, contact us here, email us at or call the firm’s Wilmington offices directly at (302) 655-5303 to schedule an initial consultation. We can discuss the situation and share with you our initial observations at no charge.
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