A Chapter 11 bankruptcy gives a business entity the chance to significantly reorganize its debt structure in an attempt to find a viable way to remain operating. That solution also generally benefits the creditors, who otherwise might get a far lower return in a Chapter 7 liquidation. The procedure and general legal principles are similar from state-to-state, including in Pennsylvania, because the bankruptcy laws are based largely on the federal Bankruptcy Code.
There are many business owners in Pennsylvania that are familiar with the ups and downs of the economy and the effect it can have on their overall business. This combined with other unexpected circumstances, such as unexpected weather events, can have a major effect on the success of a business. One out-of-state winery has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Have you ever heard of a college suddenly closing, leaving students, some of which were on the brink of graduating, without a complete college education? This is what happened at Bryman College, which operates 11 campuses. The college filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and fired all of its employees before emailing all of its students to tell them the school was closing for good because of financial reasons.