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Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy

Stores will remain open

(Newser) - Troubled video-rental chain Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 protection today, saying it plans to keep stores and kiosks open as it reorganizes. In a submission to the US Bankruptcy Court, the company said it reached an agreement with bondholders on a recapitalization plan. More »

Mega-Lender CIT Files Chapter 11

Bailed-out firm's move will cost government $2.3B

(Newser) - CIT Group, a major lender to small and medium-sized American businesses, filed for Chapter 11 today. The move means the government is most likely out the $2.3 billion in TARP bailout funds it put up last year. The "prepackaged" procedure is intended to allow CIT, which reported $71... More »

CIT Bust Would Cost US $2.3B, Earn Goldman $1B

Taxpayers shares could go up in smoke while Goldman gains

(Newser) - Troubled commercial lender CIT, circling the drain for more than a year, would cost taxpayers $2.3 billion in shares purchased by the Treasury Department if it files for Chapter 11 soon—but Goldman Sachs, which gave the lender emergency funding, stands to collect a $1 billion windfall if it... More »

Reader's Digest to File Chapter 11

(Newser) - The latest media company to groan under debt in the current recession, Reader's Digest Association, yesterday announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The publisher insists that "business as usual" will continue for its publications and employees, with no mass layoffs in store as the company slashes its... More »

Dykstra Files for Chapter 11

Says he has $50K in assets, owes $10-$15M

(Newser) - Former New York Met and Philadelphia Phillie Lenny Dykstra has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in California yesterday, citing no more than $50,000 in assets and debts between $10 million and $50 million, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. After making $36.5 million playing ball, Dykstra launched a magazine... More »

GM Declares Bankruptcy

Obama plans speech outlining firm's future

(Newser) - Once king of the auto industry, General Motors filed for bankruptcy this morning, the Wall Street Journal reports. The firm must cut some 21,000 workers and close 12 to 20 factories and 40% of dealerships, adds the New York Times. GM says it owes $172.8 billion and has... More »

General Motors: How a Giant Fell

After decades of dominance, automaker blamed others for downfall

(Newser) - General Motors dominated the auto industry for much of the 20th century, and its downfall took place over decades. Many of the attributes GM once saw as strengths, from its rigid structure to its diverse range of vehicles, became liabilities as Japanese competitors sucked away even its most loyal customers,... More »

GM to File Bankruptcy at 8AM, Name Interim Chief

(Newser) - General Motors will appoint Al Koch as chief restructuring officer when the company files for bankruptcy tomorrow at 8am, the Wall Street Journal reports. A managing director at an advisory firm, 67-year-old Koch has attended GM management meetings for months and helped negotiate pre-bankruptcy deals with shareholders and lenders. He... More »

Bondholders Reject GM Deal; Bankruptcy Looms

(Newser) - General Motors says not enough of its bondholders agreed to swap their debt for company stock, meaning the troubled automaker is almost certainly headed for bankruptcy protection. GM has until Monday to finish restructuring or file for bankruptcy. But the company said today that its offer to exchange $27 billion... More »

GM Bankruptcy a Gold Rush ... for Lawyers

Most complex filing ever will net hundreds of millions in legal fees

(Newser) - GM's expected bankruptcy is bad news for thousands of auto workers, dealers and managers—but a bonanza for the lawyers and consultants orchestrating the most complicated Chapter 11 in history. Bankruptcy specialists who are already billing Chrysler, Lehman Brothers and the US government stand to make hundreds of millions of... More »

Filene's Basement Files for Chapter 11

Plans to sell 17 of 25 stories for $22M

(Newser) - Filene’s Basement filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, the Wall Street Journal reports. The bargain clothing store has struggled in an “increasingly competitive discount retail market,” court papers said. The chain plans to sell 17 of 22 locations to real-estate investors Crown Acquisitions, though it will still... More »

Chrysler to Declare Bankruptcy: White House

(Newser) - Having failed to make a deal with the creditors to which it owes some $7 billion, Chrysler will declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy later today, a White House official tells CNN. The filing does not mean the company will cease operations—rather, it represents an opportunity to execute a merger with... More »

Shopping Mall Giant Goes Bankrupt

Second-largest U.S. mall owner can't refinance billions in debt

(Newser) - Chicago-based General Growth Properties, the second-largest US shopping mall owner, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today after attempts to refinance more than $27 billion in debt failed, Bloomberg reports. The owner of more than 200 shopping malls owes a unit of Germany’s Commerzbank $2.6 billion, while bondholders are... More »

GM Aims for Fastest Possible Bankruptcy

Treasury directed GM to prep for Chapter 11 as options dwindle

(Newser) - General Motors is in high gear, the New York Times reports, prepping for a possible bankruptcy that would allow the company to reorganize and emerge from protection in as little as 2 weeks. Since the Treasury Department instructed the automaker to prepare for a bankruptcy filing by June 1, in... More »

Sun-Times Files for Bankruptcy

Conrad Black's back-tax debt does it in

(Newser) - The Sun-Times Media Group, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, today announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in the hope of “making the company fit for a buyer.” Unlike the also-bankrupt owner of its competitor, the Tribune, the Sun-Times has just one debtor: Uncle Sam. The... More »

In Bankruptcy Maneuver, GM May Split in 2

If GM faces Chapter 11, a splitting of the company could avert disaster

(Newser) - General Motors executives and Treasury officials alike seem adamant that the company should avoid Chapter 11 bankruptcy at all costs, but bankruptcy scenarios are already crystallizing behind the scenes, BusinessWeek reports. One option calls for splitting the company into a “good GM,” which would emerge from bankruptcy with... More »

Obama Auto Team in Detroit Considering $22B More in Aid

GM and Chrysler, both facing collapse, woo more taxpayer dollars

(Newser) - With the specter of bankruptcy looming over General Motors and Chrysler, President Obama’s auto team is in Detroit today as it considers whether to give the companies $22 billion more in bailout cash, the Wall Street Journal reports. The field trip will include visits to production and engineering facilities... More »

Circuit City Powers Down

Electronics retailer offers one more day of deep discounts

(Newser) - Today is the last day to benefit from the deeply slashed prices at the nation's closing Circuit City stores, NPR reports. Not everyone is pleased with the remaining selection of unwanted laptops and lonely printers, but shoppers are still finding deals, and the soon-to-be jobless employees seem to be doing... More »

Treasury Seeks Bankruptcy Financing for GM, Chrysler

Obama administration will not rule out Chapter 11 for ailing autos

(Newser) - Treasury advisers are working to line up $40 billion in financing for General Motors and Chrysler—5 times the size of any previous bankruptcy loan—just in case the two automakers need it, the Wall Street Journal reports. While efforts continue to restructure the companies by other means, the administration... More »

20-Newspaper Chain Files for Bankruptcy

(Newser) - The owner of the New Haven Register and a cluster of other newspapers filed for bankruptcy protection today, the third publisher to recently go under, the Wall Street Journal reports. Known for its tight-fisted spending, Journal Register took on debt by boldly paying $400 million for a Michigan newspaper chain... More »

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