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Federal Interpleader Dealing with Competing Claims over Undisputed Payable to Subcontractor

September 28, 2017
David Adelstein - Florida Construction Legal Updates

What do you do if you are holding undisputed money owed to a subcontractor? Well, you make an effort to pay it or tender it! Right? I am never a fan of a client holding undisputed sums without a legitimate contractual basis.

There are circumstances, however, where the effort to pay an undisputed payable is not so easy. In fact, it is challenging, as in the below case example where the subcontractor filed for an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (referred to as an “ABC”). An ABC, in a nutshell, allows an insolvent entity to file an insolvency action in state court governed by state law and choose its assignee (versus a federal bankruptcy action governed by federal law where a trustee is appointed). One major difference is that there is no automatic stay in an ABC as there is in a federal bankruptcy action. Thus, the insolvent entity can still be sued, but, while that entity is in an ABC, there are many creditors that will not be able to enforce a judgment. (See Florida Statute Ch. 727).

Mr. Adelstein may be contacted at dadelstein@gmail.com



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