GM Bankruptcy: Case Study of Legal Information Systems

[NOTE: This post will be revised from time to time beginning June 1, 2009 and for the next few days.  On August 29, 2009, links were added to information about Old GM's new name, "Motors Liquidation Company", and about New GM's new name, "General Motors Company". On July 21-22, 2009, links were added to the House Judiciary Committee Commercial & Administrative Law Subcommittee hearing on Ramifications of Auto Industry Bankruptcies, video here, text of prepared testimony here and here. On July 6, 2009, links were added to Judge Gerber's decision and order approving the 363 sale in the cases, and to the Amended and Restated Master Sale and Purchase Agreement respecting the 363 sale which is linked here, as Appendix A of the order. On June 25, 2009, a link to the order granting DIP Financing Motion was added. On June 15, 2009, links respecting fee applications in the cases were added. On June 12, 2009, links to the House Commerce Committee hearing (audio and text of prepared testimony) on auto dealerships were added. On June 10, 2009, a link to the Senate Banking Committee hearing was added. On June 6, 2009, a link to GM-UAW documents was added. On June 2, 3, & 4, 2009 information about the plan of reorganization, creditors, equity holders, financials, the June 3 U.S. Senate hearing, & digital audio of Bankruptcy Court proceedings on PACER, was added.]

Because bankruptcy cases feature many interesting and little-studied information systems, this blog will discuss some of the major information systems utilized in the bankruptcy cases of the General Motors Corporation, now known as “Motors Liquidation Company”. Emphasis will be on publicly available systems. We’ll begin by identifying the basic entities, individuals, & information resources respecting the cases, and then identify the legal information systems pertaining to the cases. Here are the basic entities, individuals, & information resources respecting the cases:

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