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Protecting Yourself in the Face of Bankrupt Customers

Knowing your rights when it comes to dealing with bankrupt customers has become crucial for many business owners in recent times in getting paid for goods and services. Understanding the basics of “reclamation rights” and “critical vendor” status is a good place to start in protecting your business while still moving forward in this economy.


Reclamation permits a vendor to take back a certain amount of goods that it sold to a customer who is unable to pay, either before or after filing for bankruptcy.

Before filing Bankruptcy:

If the customer has not yet filed, the vendor shall look to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) for the required reclamation guidelines. The UCC allows for a vendor to reclaim goods bought on credit “while insolvent” if the demand is made within 10 days after the customer received the goods, and is limited to only those goods received during the prior 10 days.

The written demand must be:
• in writing
• identify the specific goods, …

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