Chapter 11


Definition of Chapter 11 

: bankruptcy as provided under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code which governs corporate reorganization filed for Chapter 11

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But Kalamarie will flourish, and my chapter 11 will have all been worth it. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Get to Know This On-the-Cusp Handbag Brand, Boost Your Fashion Cred 100-Fold," 31 Aug. 2016 The case was settled in chapter 11 for $31 million. Jonathan Randles And Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "Bustle Owner Bryan Goldberg Wins Bankruptcy Auction for," 12 July 2018 Longaberger and parent company JRJR33 Inc. filed for chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Maker of Longaberger Baskets Seeks Bankruptcy Protection," 29 June 2018 On Saturday, power corporation FirstEnergy placed its coal and nuclear generation units under chapter 11 bankruptcy. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Coal, nuclear plant operator files for bankruptcy, asks Trump for a bailout," 1 Apr. 2018 The big-box retailer filed for chapter 11 protection in September with hopes of reorganizing its heavy debt load, revamping its stores and operations, and continuing as a mainstay toy business. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 9 Mar. 2018 Just in the past few months, Shiekh Shoes and Sports Zone, two regional chains that derived most of their sales from Nike, have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Nike Sales Climb, Despite Declines in North America," 21 Dec. 2017 Westinghouse filed for chapter 11 protection in March following an effort to build new nuclear reactors in the U.S. that was plagued by billions of dollars in cost overruns. Tom Corrigan, WSJ, "Judge Approves Emergency Funding for Westinghouse’s Global Nuclear Business," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of Chapter 11

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Chapter 11

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chapter 11

chap·​ter 11

Legal Definition of chapter 11 

: chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code — see also Bankruptcy Code

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