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Bankruptcy Litigation

Seventh Circuit Bars Bad Faith Asset Buyer Protection

“Good-faith purchasers enjoy strong protection under [Bankruptcy Code] §363(m),” but the silent asset buyer (“B”) with “actual and constructive knowledge of a competing interest” lacks “good faith,” held the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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“Good-faith purchasers enjoy strong protection under [Bankruptcy Code (“Code”)] §363(m),” but the silent asset buyer (“B”) with “actual and constructive knowledge of a competing interest” lacks “good faith,” held the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on April 4, 2022. Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (“ADM”) v. Country Visions Cooperative, 2022 WL 998984 (7th Cir. Apr. 4, 2022). Affirming the lower courts’ denial of B’s motion to enforce a “free-and-clear sale” provision in a plan confirmation order, the Seventh Circuit cited the bad faith of both the debtors and B, the asset purchaser.

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