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Where there has been a facially plausible claim that a bankruptcy debtor's counsel received an avoidable preference, the court cannot avoid the statutory requirements for retention of debtor's counsel, by merely approving retention conditional upon a later determination of the preference issue.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 06/10/2002
  • Decided 09/23/2002
  • Published 09/23/2002


  • Before SLOVITER, ROTH and McKEE, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Third Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Robert D. McCallum, Jr., Assistant Attorney General, Joseph A. Guzinski, Acting General Counsel, P. Matthew Sutko, Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Anne Murphy (Argued), William Kanter, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Eric D. Schwartz, William H. Sudell, Jr., Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, Wilmington, Fordham E. Huffman (Argued), David G. Heiman, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Columbus, OH, Gregory M. Gordon, Daniel P. Winikka, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Dallas, TX, for Appellees In re:  Pillowtex, Inc. and its Affiliated Debtors., John D. McLaughlin, Jr., Pauline K. Morgan, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, Wilmington, DE, Fred S. Hodara (Argued), Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, New York, NY, for Appellee Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors.
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