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'Nation's First Department Store' Files for Bankruptcy

Lord & Taylor files for Chapter 11

(Newser) - Another big retail name is going under amid the coronavirus pandemic: Lord & Taylor filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday. However, as the New York Times reports, the department store chain had been struggling even before COVID-19. Clothing rental start-up Le Tote bought Lord & Taylor last year, and...

COVID Brings Another Retailer to Chapter 11

Parent company of Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant seeks bankruptcy protection

(Newser) - The pandemic has pushed another big-name retailer into bankruptcy. The parent company of Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant filed for Chapter 11 protection on Thursday. The Ascena Retail Group plans to close about 1,100 stories across the country, including all of its Catherines stores and many of its Justice...

200-Year-Old Firm Becomes Latest Pandemic Victim

Brooks Brothers has filed for bankruptcy

(Newser) - Brooks Brothers, the 200-year-old company that dressed nearly every US president, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, the latest major clothing seller to be toppled by the coronavirus pandemic. Founded in New York in 1818, Brooks Brothers survived two world wars and the Great Depression and even managed to stay afloat...

Fracking Pioneer Files for Bankruptcy

Chesapeake Energy says it has nearly $9B in debt

(Newser) - Chesapeake Energy, a shale drilling pioneer that helped to turn the US into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma City-based company said Sunday that it was a necessary decision given its debt, the AP reports. Its debt load is currently nearing $9 billion. It has...

America Is Hit With Another Big Bankruptcy

GNC files for Chapter 11

(Newser) - Like your vitamins and whey proteins? Better buy them now, because GNC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The health and wellness company says it will shutter 800 to 1,200 stores and either reorganize or sell itself outright, USA Today reports. "The COVID-19 pandemic created a situation where...

SEC Puts Damper on Hertz Plan to Sell Possibly 'Worthless' Stock

Car rental company wanted to dump $500M in common stock during bankruptcy proceedings

(Newser) - After a tumultuous few months, Hertz now has another wrench thrown into its works. Unable to endure the coronavirus pandemic, the car rental company filed for bankruptcy protection last month, then noted Monday in a government filing that it planned to sell $500 million in common stock—all while warning...

Bankruptcy for Hertz: 'No Business Is Built for Zero Revenue'

But Hertz and subsidiaries will continue to operate after being slammed in pandemic

(Newser) - Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company's business. The company's lenders were unwilling to grant it another extension on its auto lease debt payments past a Friday deadline,...

Walmart Stats Present a Snapshot of Pandemic

Sales surged, especially online, as Americans stocked up

(Newser) - The pandemic has brought financial ruin to some retailers . Not so with Walmart, whose sales boomed in the quarter that ended May 1, reports CNBC . Overall, same-store sales were up 10%, but the details show how the coronavirus radically altered shopping patterns. For one thing, online sales rose a staggering...

Another Retailer Topples in Pandemic: JCPenney

Chain files for bankruptcy protection

(Newser) - The coronavirus pandemic has pushed troubled department store chain JCPenney into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, per the AP . It's the fourth major retailer to meet that fate. As part of its reorganization, the 118-year-old company said late Friday it will be closing some of its stores and will disclose details...

First Department Store Chain Falls to Coronavirus

Luxury giant Neiman Marcus files for Chapter 11

(Newser) - Neiman Marcus, the 112-year-old storied luxury department store chain, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first department store chain to be toppled by the coronavirus pandemic, per the AP . The move follows the bankruptcy filing by J. Crew , which became the first major retailer to reorganize during the...

First Big Retailer to Fail From Virus Files for Bankruptcy

J. Crew was already struggling even before the pandemic

(Newser) - J. Crew was having a tough time even before the pandemic arrived. Now, the New York Times says it's the "first major retailer to fall" from the virus, seeking bankruptcy protection to try to stay alive. On Monday, the clothing retailer's parent company, Chinos Holdings, filed to...

This Might Be First Major Department Store Casualty

Neiman Marcus to file for bankruptcy amid pandemic, says Reuters

(Newser) - With all of its stores closed, burdened by $4.8 billion in loans, Neiman Marcus is moving toward seeking bankruptcy protection. The filing could come this week, Reuters reports. It would be the first major department store company to reach that point since the pandemic hit the US, and Neiman...

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy

Organization faced flood of sexual abuse lawsuits

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America, fighting for survival amid a flood of sexual abuse lawsuits, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11 filing early Tuesday marks the start of what is expected to be one of the most complex bankruptcies in US history, lawyers tell NBC . Changes in statute-of-limitation...

More Bad News for a Longtime Retailer
More Bad News
for a Longtime Retailer

More Bad News for a Longtime Retailer

Pier 1 files for bankruptcy

(Newser) - First came news early in the year that Pier 1 Imports was shuttering almost half of its stores . Now comes the not-so-surprising follow-up: The Texas-based retailer filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, reports the Wall Street Journal . Nine straight quarters of declining store sales will do that to a company,...

Judge Overturns Myth, Wiping Out a Student Loan Tab
Judge Wipes Out
a Student Loan Tab
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Judge Wipes Out a Student Loan Tab

$220K decision reflects the rethinking of standards for helping borrowers

(Newser) - Kevin J. Rosenberg borrowed about $116,500 between 1993 and 2004 to get him through the University of Arizona, where he earned a history degree, and Cardozo Law School. With interest, that debt grew to $221,400, the Wall Street Journal reports. In 2018, Rosenberg filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, unable...

Pier 1 Closing Half of Its Stores
Pier 1 Closing Half of Its Stores

Pier 1 Closing Half of Its Stores

300 employees to be laid off at corporate HQ: Bloomberg

(Newser) - Pier 1 Imports is planning to close nearly half of its 942 stores in the US and Canada, as well as some distribution centers. Monday's announcement—meaning layoffs for 300 people, or about 40%, of staff at its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, per Bloomberg —came as the...

Bankruptcy for Company That Began Before the Civil War

Borden Dairy Co. follows in the footsteps of Dean Foods

(Newser) - One of the top 10 advertising icons of the 20th century belongs to a company that filed for bankruptcy on Monday. Borden Dairy Co. is following in the footsteps of No. 1 milk producer Dean Foods, which did the same in November. CNN reports the company cited the burden of...

It&#39;s Chapter 11 for Forever 21
It's Chapter 11 for Forever 21

It's Chapter 11 for Forever 21

Retailer calls bankruptcy filing a 'deliberate step'

(Newser) - Low-cost fashion retailer Forever 21 says it has filed for bankruptcy protection—but that doesn't mean it is doomed. In a letter to customers Sunday, the 35-year-old chain said it will be business as usual during reorganization and filing for Chapter 11 protection "is a deliberate and decisive...

Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy
Purdue Pharma
Files for Bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy

But OxyContin maker's legal battles are far from over

(Newser) - Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, NY, days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids. The filing was anticipated before and after the tentative...

High-End Clothier to Shutter Most Stores

Barneys' flagship NYC location will remain open, but many others to close in bankruptcy filing

(Newser) - Barneys New York is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the latest retailer to buckle as shoppers move online and real estate costs soar. The iconic clothier founded almost a century ago will keep the doors open at its 10-story Madison Avenue store, but it has secured $75 million in...

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