Columbia, Maryland: September 1, 2011 - The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) recently offered its support to H.R. 2533, the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act, introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI).
NACM's membership is specifically comprised of unsecured trade creditors, many of whom are smaller businesses with limited budgets for travel. It is these smaller firms that stand to benefit greatly from the provisions contained within the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act, which seeks to end the practice of "forum shopping," whereby debtors can file in a district to which they have very little connection, far away from their headquarters or principal place of business. This practice disenfranchises smaller creditors by making it more difficult for them to participate in the filing process, ultimately reducing a trade creditor's chances of recovering what they're owed.