According to the bankruptcy filing, PCA claims to have debts of only between $1 and $10 million, and between 100 and 199 creditors. My colleagues in our Business Finance and Insolvency group tell me there is little penalty for any inaccuracies in these particular boxes on the cover sheet to a bankruptcy filing.
The other point comes from a box checked on the cover sheet. It reads, "Debtor estimates that, after any exempt property is excluded and administrative expenses paid, there will be no funds available for distribution to unsecured creditors."
Tort clamants, i.e., the victims and families of victims, are unsecured creditors within the meaning of the Bankruptcy Code. In essence, PCA’s assets, such as they are, are being turned over to its banks, and except to the extent of any insurance that may be available, the victims will have no recovery from PCA.