As reported by nj.com, A&P, also known as the "Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company", filed for bankruptcy protection in July. However, this is a story that will not end simply. Recently, lawyers for the "A&P" filed a Motion with the Judge handling the bankruptcy proceedings to modify the agreements previously made with union workers. They are now seeking to discount seniority and reduce severance pay. The Unions responded that they made $625 million dollars' worth of concessions the last time that A&P filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Further, there is a concern as to how A&P's bankruptcy will affect any pending cases against them as they maintain "self-insured" status. Levinson Axelrod has already filed "Proof of Claim" forms with the Bankruptcy Court to help best protect anyone that we represent that has a pending claim with A&P in either Superior Court or in the Division of Worker's Compensation. Also, in regard to older Worker's Compensation awards that are still being paid out, we are confident that A&P will work with the Division of Labor and the Division of Banking and Insurance to make sure that there is no interruption in the payments of benefits. If you are concerned about your rights as they relate to A&P's bankruptcy, feel free to call us to discuss.