Judge Bufford likes Websites
In In re S & B Surgery Center, Inc
., 421 B.R. 546 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2009), Judge Samuel L. Bufford addressed the question of whether a creditors' committee MUST maintain an information website in order to comply with bankruptcy code section 1102(b)(3).
The BAPCPA added, at section 1102(b)(3), an affirmative obligation for creditors committees to provide access to case information to their constituencies. In the Refco
decision the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York laid out how a creditor's committee should use a website to satisfy the section 1102(b)(3) requirement, and identified twelve features the website should contain.
In S & B Surgery Center, the creditors committee sought to provide a telephone number that creditors could call for information. They argued that maintaining a Refco compliant website would be too expensive and the number of creditors in the case did not warrant the expense. Judge Bufford disagreed, and held that the committee should maintain a website to provide information to the creditors.
Judge Bufford did not require that the website meet all twelve of the Refco factors, so long as the needs of the creditors were met. This leaves open the possibility that a creditors committee in a smaller case could use much cheaper options (read free), such as a Google Groups site (or maybe even a Facebook page) to communicate basic information about the case.
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