The brief highlighted why the use of bankruptcy to address litigation claims is a valid bankruptcy purpose that has been historically recognized by courts across the country.
The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) is disappointed to learn that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against LTL Management, LLC in a case regarding the company’s bankruptcy proceedings.
“This is a major setback for LTL Management and a blow to the fight to create a fairer process for all,” ATRA President Tiger Joyce said.
LTL Management, like many businesses, was facing financial distress caused by an onslaught of mass tort litigation and sought relief through the bankruptcy process. However, some parties sought to block the proceedings, arguing that LTL Management should not be allowed to use bankruptcy as a means of resolving its financial difficulties. The Third Circuit’s ruling prevents LTL Management from moving forward with its bankruptcy proceedings and seeking a fair and just resolution to its financial challenges.
“We are disappointed with the Third Circuit’s decision in this case,” Joyce said. “Allowing businesses like LTL Management to use the bankruptcy process is essential to ensuring a balanced legal system. This ruling is a setback not only for LTL Management, but for all businesses seeking relief through the bankruptcy process.”
In August 2022, ATRA filed a joint amicus brief with the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center in In re LTL Management, LLC before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The brief highlighted why the use of bankruptcy to address litigation claims is a valid bankruptcy purpose that has been historically recognized by courts across the country. Resolution of mass-tort liabilities in bankruptcy court has been a key tool for U.S. businesses since the Bankruptcy Code was first enacted in 1978.
“We are disappointed that LTL’s bankruptcy proceedings were blocked today,” Joyce said. “This ruling will risk fair and efficient resolution for current and future claims in this matter. Blocking the legitimate use of the Chapter 11 system was motivated by trial lawyers’ continued desire to file cases in a flawed system in which they’ve come to expect high-dollar awards, low evidentiary standards, and low barriers of entry. The financial motivations of the trial bar should not be prioritized above the needs of those operating in good faith.”
About the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA): Founded in 1986, ATRA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and is the nation’s first organization dedicated exclusively to reforming the civil justice system through education and legislative enactment. ATRA acts as a nationwide network of state-based liability reform coalitions backed by 142,000 grassroots supporters. ATRA works to bring greater fairness, predictability and efficiency to America’s civil justice system. Those efforts have resulted in the enactment of state and federal laws that make the system fairer for everyone.