The Johnson & Johnson entity named LTL Management LLC survived a motion to dismiss its chapter 11 case originally filed in North Carolina, in an opinion on February 25 by Chief Bankruptcy Judge Michael B. Kaplan of Trenton, N.J.
Judge Kaplan’s 54-page opinion is a ringing endorsement of chapter 11 as the best alternative in the state and federal legal systems for dealing with mass torts. He found no fault with J&J’s use of the so-called Texas Two-Step to avoid putting the entire enterprise in chapter 11.
Judge Kaplan said he had “little trouble finding that the chapter 11 filing serves to maximize the property available to satisfy creditors by employing the tools available under the Bankruptcy Code to ensure that all present and future tort claimants will share distributions through the court-administered claims assessment process.”
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