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The Uneasy Case for the Priority of Secured Claims in Bankruptcy: Further Thoughts and a Reply to Critics

Lucian Arye Bebchuk, Jesse Fried

NBER Working Paper No. 6472
Issued in March 1998
NBER Program(s):   LE

In an earlier article, The Uneasy Case for the Priority of Secured Claims in Bankruptcy,' 105 Yale Law Journal 857 (1996), we suggested that the case for a full priority of secured claims in bankruptcy is an uneasy one. In this paper, we address various reactions and objections to our analysis that have been offered by subsequent work. We also further develop some of the main elements of the analysis in our earlier article with respect to both our analysis of the comparative merits of full and partial priority and our analysis of how a partial priority regime could be implemented. The analysis confirms our earlier conclusion that the case for a full priority of secured claims in bankruptcy is an uneasy one.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6472

Published: Cornell Law Review Vol. 82, No. 6, pp. 1279-1348 (1997)

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