NY assembly finds ‘overwhelming evidence’ Cuomo engaged in sexual harassment

The New York state Assembly Judiciary Committee said Monday it found “overwhelming evidence” that disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in sexual harassment while in office, concluding an eight-month impeachment investigation into multiple allegations of misconduct.

The judiciary committee’s 60-page report, which detailed the investigation by law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, said Cuomo “engaged in multiple instances of sexual harassment, including by creating a hostile work environment and engaging in sexual misconduct.”

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Corporate Bankruptcies Hit Precipitous High in March

Nearly double the number of companies entered bankruptcy in March than in February, the largest number in a single month since July, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

A total of 61 companies entered bankruptcy last month, and while the pace of filings has slowed year-over-year, that number hearkens back to the dog days of summer 2020, when every day brought a new big-name BK. As of March 31, a total of 138 U.S. companies have filed bankruptcy; last year, 153 had filed by the same date.

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The 10 biggest retail bankruptcies of 2020

More than three dozen retailers, including the nation’s oldest department store chain, filed for bankruptcy this year, marking an 11-year high.

Pre-pandemic, several of these retailers were already teetering on the brink of survival. But the Covid health crisis pummeled the industry. Lockdown orders put in place in March to slow the spread of the virus turned into prolonged store closures for many businesses that didn’t sell essential items like groceries. Retailers that started 2020 already in a tough spot were hit harder. Liquidity was strained and sales went into a freefall.

“The magnitude of bankruptcies has been larger this year compared to previous years,” said David Berliner, chief of BDO’s business restructuring and turnaround practice. “You’re noticing national brands and other prominent franchises, that had hundreds of stores, now being liquidated or going through a restructure to salvage what they can.”

About 60% of the retailers that had filed for bankruptcy in 2020 through August listed more than $100 million in assets, compared with 50% of filings during the same period in 2019 and 36% in 2018, Berliner said.

Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penney, Ascena Retail Group and Tailored Brands have now joined the ranks of some of the all-time biggest retail bankruptcies on record — including SearsToys R Us and Circuit City.

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Purdue Pharma proposes $10 billion plan to come out of bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma, which helped revolutionize the prescription painkiller business with its drug OxyContin, is proposing a $10 billion plan to emerge from bankruptcy that calls for it to be transformed into a different kind of company funneling profits into the fight against the nation’s intractable opioid crisis.

Those efforts would include a significant boost – more than $4 billion – from members of the Sackler family who own the Connecticut-based pharmaceutical giant.

The plan, filed late Monday night in U.S Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y., after months of negotiations, marks the company’s formal offer to settle more than 2,900 lawsuits from state and local governments, Native American tribes, hospitals and other entities.

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The NRA declares bankruptcy: 5 questions answered

What precipitated this announcement?

New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the NRA in 2020 over alleged financial irregularities, such as improperly making millions of dollars in payments to benefit longtime leader Wayne LaPierre and other executives. Among the lawsuit’s allegations is a claim that the NRA tried to disguise trips to the Bahamas and other forms of lavish compensation as business expenses. James seeks to dissolve the organization. Though it disputes many of the charges, the organization has admitted to experiencing a “significant diversion of assets” through reimbursements for personal expenses. These issues have also resulted in litigation stemming from the relationship with marketing and public relations firm Ackerman McQueen.

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One year into pandemic, Main Street bankruptcies continue

From iconic department stores to entertainment giants, the coronavirus has seemingly spared no one in its devastation of the U.S. economy.

Falling consumer demand, reduced entertainment spending, and stay-at-home orders mandating certain businesses stay closed continue to take their toll on a retail industry that has been struggling for the past several years as consumers pivot to online shopping.

Even as the economy slowly reopens, social distancing measures are impacting restaurant and store capacity, creating longer-term problems.

While bankruptcy doesn’t inherently mean that a company will go out of business — it’s more a financial restructuring — it does spell news of changes to come.

Here’s a list of all the major companies to have filed for bankruptcy so far since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S.

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Mattress Firm store in Oceanside has closed amid bankruptcy filing

A newly closed Mattress Firm store in Oceanside is among 99 locations in the retailer’s second round of closures as part of its bankruptcy protection filing.

The 4,000-square-foot store, which was once a Sleepy’s — the Hicksville-based mattress retail chain was acquired for $780 million by Mattress Firm two years ago — was located on 3150 Long Beach Rd. The property is owned by United Properties Corp. in East Meadows.

A public relations representative for Mattress Firm, when contacted about the closing of the Oceanside store, didn’t provide updated information.

Houston-based Mattress Firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Delaware on Sept. 28, citing market saturation and competition from online mattress retailers, among other factors.


Mission Coal files for bankruptcy—5th coal company in 3 years

A Tennessee coal mining company that filed for bankruptcy this week is the second coal company to go bankrupt during Donald Trump’s pro-coal presidency. It’s also the fifth U.S. coal industry bankruptcy in the last three years as competitors in the energy market continue to drive coal into the dust pile.

Mission Coal, an operator of three mines in West Virginia and one in Alabama, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday listing about $175 million in debt and just $55,000 cash on hand, according to court filings. This small company joins Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal, one of the country’s oldest coal companies, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, and Peabody Energy, Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources, which all have ended up in bankruptcy courts since 2015.


David’s Bridal flirts with possible bankruptcy after skipping debt payment

The nation’s leading wedding retailer is flirting with the possibility of bankruptcy protection, which often involves some store closures, after skipping a key debt payment.

David’s Bridal, whose tight grip on the wedding business has loosened in recent years amid digital competition and declining marriage rates, failed to make a key loan payment Monday.

That move served as a warning to creditors that the company is barreling toward a restructuring effort of some kind. Failing to make a debt payment is often a precursor to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

There’s a “very high likelihood” of bankruptcy or a consensual debt restructuring for David’s Bridal, said Mathew Christy, an S&P Global Ratings analyst who tracks the retailer.

S&P Global Ratings on Tuesday lowered David’s Bridal’s credit rating from CCC-, which suggests the borrower is vulnerable to not paying back its debts on time, to SD, which indicates the company has selectively defaulted on a debt obligation but plans to continue making payments.


Sears, the store that changed America, declares bankruptcy

New York (CNN Business)Sears, the once-dominant retail chain that changed how Americans shopped and lived, has filed for bankruptcy.

The 132-year-old company has been struggling for several years and is drowning in debt. The final straw was a $134 million debt payment due Monday that it could not afford.
Sears Holdings (SHLD), the parent company of Sears and Kmart, is among dozens of prominent retailers to declare bankruptcy in the era of Amazon (AMZN).
The filing in federal bankruptcy court in New York came in the early hours of Monday morning. The company issued a statement saying it intends to stay in business, keeping open stores that are profitable, along with the Sears and Kmart websites.