This is a paper that is focusing on the Johns-Manville Corp company case description. The paper also provides additional information to use in writing the assignment paper clearly.
The Johns-Manville Corp company case description
Johns-Manville Corp. is a Fortune 500 company, and was deemed a paradigm of success in corporate America by the financial community. However, the company produce a product that was poison—asbestos. (Moreover, Manville knew it was poison, and had know it since the 1930s (http://www.ewg.org/research/asbestos-think-again/industry-hid-dangers-decades
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), and it hid the danger.
By 1982 approximately 16,000 lawsuits were pending against Manville, and it anticipate a further crushing economic burden by the filing of an even more staggering number of suits by those who had been expose but who will not manifest the asbestos-relate diseases until some time during this future period (20-30 years as the disease manifests itself–“the future asbestos claimants”). Approximately 6,000 asbestos health claims were estimate to have arisen in only the first 16 months since the filing date. The burden was a compound by the insurance industry’s general disavowal of liability to Manville on policies written for this very purpose.
JM petitioned for a preemptive bankruptcy under Chapter 11; attorneys representing some of the people sickened by JM’s product moved to dismiss the petition.
Can JM preemptively declare bankruptcy and discharge future cases? Why? or Why Not?
Firstly, what did Manville want to do here, and why? (Analyze the purpose of the BK declation and the reason behind it.)
Secondly, how does this case demonstrate the fundamental purpose of Chapter 11 as opposed to Chapter 7 BK filings?
The historical background here is that Manville knew from at least 1930 that asbestos—in many industrial applications—was a deadly carcinogen, and also it work diligently for decades to conceal and obfuscate the fact. What “good faith” argument was raise by the movants in this case?
Case Study Directions:
Submit 3-5 page analyzing the Case above. Give background information describing BK, types of bankruptcies, and also the purpose of BK filings.
Provide a scholarly argument on the issue: Can JM preemptively declare bankruptcy and discharge future cases? Why? or Why Not? You also need to provide analytical and critical responses to the three (3) Case Questions listed above.
As a college level course, please ensure that your arguments original, substantive, analytical, interactive and critical. Additionally, make sure to use scholarly writing using APA format, and include appropriate references, proper grammar and punctuation in all of your interactions.