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L. Warden Hanel Memorial Bankruptcy Scholar Article Submission

Big Changes, Small Business:  How the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 affects bankruptcy practitioners in Eastern Washington

Dakota Pearce[1]

On August 23, 2019, House Bill 3311 was signed by the President and became law. Commonly known as the Small Business Reorganization Act or Subchapter V (“the Act”), this new law is meant to streamline the bankruptcy process by which small business debtors reorganize and rehabilitate their financial affairs.[2] Because a high percentage of its businesses are small businesses, the Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Washington could be uniquely affected by the new Act. This article will serve as a brief summary of the Chapter 11 changes and as an analytical and anecdotal perspective on how debtors and debtor’s attorneys in the Eastern District of Washington could experience the effects of these changes.

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[1] Dakota Pearce is a third-year law student at Gonzaga University. He is currently externing with the Honorable Frederick P. Corbit in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

[2] H.R. Rep. No. 116-171, at 1 (2019).