As detailed in this prior post, on February 6, 2015, Charles A. Stanziale, Jr., as the Chapter 7 Trustee (the “Trustee”) of CPI, Corp., et al. (“CPI” or the “Debtors”), filed approximately 44 preference complaints seeking to avoid and recover alleged preferential transfers pursuant to Sections 547 and 550 of the Bankruptcy Code, to disallow claims pursuant to Section 502(d), for attorneys’ fees, and prejudgment interest.

Since the filing of these actions, a pretrial conference has been scheduled for these cases.  The pretrial conference is set for May 20, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the United States Bankruptcy Court, 824 Market St., 6th Fl., Courtroom #1, Wilmington, Delaware.

Defenses to a Preference Action

The Bankruptcy Code provides creditors with many defenses to preference actions. Included among these are the “ordinary course of business defense” and the “new value defense.” For reader’s looking for more information concerning claims and defenses in preference litigation, attached is a booklet that we prepared on the subject: “A Preference Reference: Common Issues that Arise in Delaware Preference Litigation.”

In addition, an analysis of defenses that can be asserted in response to a preference complaint, below are several articles on this topic:

Preference Payments: Brief Analysis of Preference Actions and Common Defenses

Minimizing Preference Exposure: Require Prepayment for Goods or Services

Minimizing Preference Exposure (Part II) – Contemporaneous Exchanges