Subchapter V

Judge Gargotta Nixes Non-Dischargeability Claim Against Corporate SubV Debtor


 Distinguishing a precedent from his own district and disagreeing with the Fourth Circuit, Judge Craig Gargotta has ruled that non-dischargeability only applies to human Subchapter V debtors. Adv. No. 22-5052, Avion Funding, LLC v. GFS Industries, LLC (Bankr. W.D. Tex. 11/10/2022).  The decision can be found here.


NCBJ 2022: Five Secrets to a Magical Sub-V


Judge Catherine McEwen (Bankr. M.D. Fla.) and panelists David Mawhinney (Bowditch, Framingham, Mass.), Amy Denton Mayer (Stichter Riedel Blain Postler, PA, Tampa, Fl) and Kirk Burkley (Bernstein-Burkley, P.C., Pittsburgh, PA) donned their wizard's hats to present 5 Secrets to a Magical Sub-V. Both David and Amy serve as Subchapter V trustees and represent SubV debtors, while Kirk offered the creditors' viewpoint. Their program covered five areas of Subchapter V law and practice.


Another Alex Jones Entity Seeks Bankruptcy Protection


 Faced with pending trials to establish liability for defamation, another Alex Jones entity has decided to test the waters of bankruptcy. On Friday July 29, 2022, Free Speech Systems, LLC, the company which actually produces the Alex Jones Show and his other programming, filed a petition under Subchapter V of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Victoria Division. Case No.


The Alex Jones Bankruptcy Gambit


 In a widely misunderstood move, Alex Jones and his legal team have put three of his entities that own intellectual property assets into SubChapter V of Chapter 11. The move, if successful, will protect the domain name,, and will delay entry of judgments against Jones personally. The move involves apparent forum shopping and clever use of SubChapter V. The cases are jointly administered under Case. No. 22-60020 in the Southern District of Texas, Victoria Division.


Preoccupied Congress Fails to Act, Sending Debt Limit Back Down to $2.7 Million and Reducing Availability of Subchapter V Protection for Small Businesses


For now, the Subchapter V debt limit is back down to $2.7 million.  Overshadowed by the contentious confirmation hearings for historic Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to act on proposed legislation that would have made permanent the increased $7.5 million debt limit and allowed more small businesses to file for bankruptcy protection under Subchapter V of Chapter 11.  Because of this congressional inaction, the legislation that temporarily increased the debt limit to $7.5 million expired on March 27, 2022.


$7.5 Million Increased Debt Limit For Small Business Debtors May Become Permanent


The law that temporarily increased the maximum amount of debt a company may have to qualify as a small business under Subchapter V – the cheaper, easier, and faster version of Chapter 11 – from $2.7 million to $7.5 million, is about to expire.  A bill introduced in the Senate this week by a bipartisan group of senators led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), however, would make the $7.5 million debt limit permanent.


Senior Care Centers Cases Illustrate Fine Line Between Complex and Small Business Cases


 “One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small….”
— “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane


Congress to Expand Small Business Eligibility Limits to $7.5 Million

On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act). The House is expected to pass the bill today. One provision of the bill increases the eligibility limits for small business debtors from $2.7 million to $7.5 million. The amendment will only apply to cases commenced after its effective date and will be subject to a sunset provision after one year.