Sen. Warren Reintroduces Bill To End Ch. 11 Forum-Shopping

By Vince Sullivan (September 24, 2021, 6:32 PM EDT) -- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren reintroduced a bipartisan bill Thursday intended to curb the practice of forum-shopping in corporate bankruptcy cases so that large companies can't hand-pick the judges who oversee their insolvency cases.

The Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2021 mirrors a similar proposal by Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, in 2018, and comes at a time when the deference afforded to debtors in choosing where they commence Chapter 11 cases has been brought under renewed scrutiny.

Complex restructuring cases are becoming increasingly concentrated in a handful of federal court jurisdictions, and proponents of venue reform say this is...

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