In Bankruptcy, Rejection of Prepetition Contracts Is Not Automatic

Skip DiMassa and Malcolm Bates wrote for The Legal Intelligencer on debtors’ contractual obligations.

In In re Brick House Properties, Bk. No. 20-26250, (Bankr. D. Utah June 11, 2021), the U.S. States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah denied a debtor’s motion to reject its prepetition contract for the sale of real property under Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code. The bankruptcy court found that because the debtor was already subject to a state court-specific performance order compelling it to take the ancillary steps necessary to close the sale, the contract was no longer executory and could not be rejected.

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