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Columbia Law School

Bankruptcy Law

1989

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On The Nature Of Bankruptcy: An Essay Of Bankruptcy Sharing And The Creditor's Bargain, Thomas H. Jackson, Robert E. Scott Jan 1989

On The Nature Of Bankruptcy: An Essay Of Bankruptcy Sharing And The Creditor's Bargain, Thomas H. Jackson, Robert E. Scott

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Finance theorists have long recognized that bankruptcy is a key component in any general theory of the capital structure of business entities. Legal theorists have been similarly sensitive to the substantial allocational and distributional effects of the bankruptcy law. Nevertheless, until recently, underlying justifications for the bankruptcy process have not been widely studied. Bankruptcy scholars have been content to recite, without critical analysis, the two normative objectives of bankruptcy: rehabilitation of overburdened debtors and equality of treatment for creditors and other claimants.

The developing academic interest in legal theory has spurred a corresponding interest in expanding the theoretical foundations of ...


Sharing The Risks Of Bankruptcy: Timbers, Ahlers, And Beyond, Robert E. Scott Jan 1989

Sharing The Risks Of Bankruptcy: Timbers, Ahlers, And Beyond, Robert E. Scott

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Bankruptcy policy appears to be in disarray. Recent decisions by the United States Supreme Court have only served to reinforce the uncertainties that mar the bankruptcy process. In United Savings Association of Texas v. Timbers of Inwood Forest Associates, Ltd., the Court held that an undersecured creditor was not entitled to interest on its collateral as compensation for the opportunity costs of delay caused by the bankruptcy process. Timbers thus supports the argument that secured creditors should be forced to share the burdens of bankruptcy with other claimants. Conversely, in Norwest Bank Worthington v. Ahlers, the Court held that the ...