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SkyMall Files For Bankruptcy Because You’re Not Buying Enough Inflatable Movie Screens

The SkyMall catalog has always been good for a chuckle when you have absolutely nothing else to read during a flight and you just can’t sleep. Some people have presumably even bought stuff through the publication, as it’s difficult to sustain a business for 25 years if the only revenue is punchlines. But apparently not enough of us are doing our inflight shopping through SkyMall, as the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. [More]

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Wet Seal Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, Shocking No One

We’ve heard the funereal bag pipes warming up over the last few months and now it’s time to play the official dirge: Wet Seal has filed for bankruptcy protection in an effort to keep what stores it has left open in business. [More]

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RadioShack Putting Off Paying Rent For Some Stores In Midst Of Restructuring

After the news that RadioShack is in the midst of preparing to file for bankruptcy soon comes more evidence that the struggling chain is trying to get itself set aright: A new report says RadioShack is saving cash by putting off paying rent. [More]

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Report: RadioShack Preparing To File For Bankruptcy As Soon As Next Month

RadioShack’s march toward doom is continuing steadily on, after announcing it would close a bunch of stores, then saying it wouldn’t close as many because even that was too expensive, and telling employees it would no longer match employees’ retirement contributions as of next year, the struggling electronics retailer is reportedly getting ready to file bankruptcy papers. [More]

Teen-Targeted Retailer dELiA*s Is bANkruPt. Will Close Stores, Liquidate Merch

Teen-Targeted Retailer dELiA*s Is bANkruPt. Will Close Stores, Liquidate Merch

Clothing retailer dELiA*S — a store best known for its complete disregard for capitalization and punctuation — has announced today that teenage girls have moved on to other retailers, leaving it in d33p n dEbT and having to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it closes stores and liquidates its assets. [More]

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General Motors Continues To Claim It Shouldn’t Be Liable For Ignition Switch Lawsuits

General Motors made it clear several months ago that it would use its 2009 bankruptcy to shield itself from liability in lawsuits regarding the now massive ignition switch defect recall. Yesterday the carmaker reiterated its stance that it can’t be held responsible for the bad behavior of the “Old GM.” [More]

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Bankruptcy For RadioShack Is Probably Unavoidable

Wall Street analysts, the people who make big bucks keeping track of these things, say that bankruptcy for Radio Shack is probably inevitable. They were saying that after the retailer announced its quarterly results yesterday, losing money for the tenth straight quarter in a row. [More]

Seven Crumbs Locations To Reopen Next Month With The Addition Of Non-Cupcake Treats

Seven Crumbs Locations To Reopen Next Month With The Addition Of Non-Cupcake Treats

If the closure of Crumbs Bake Shop last month left a cupcake sized hole in your heart, you may be able to fill that void next month as the new company operators prepare to reopen at least seven locations. [More]

Parents Stuck With $200K In Student Loan Debt After Daughter Dies

Parents Stuck With $200K In Student Loan Debt After Daughter Dies

The last thing families want to deal with after the death of a loved one is a phone call reminding them of their departed’s debt. But that’s the case for a number of parents who have inherited the obligation to repay the student loans they co-signed for their deceased child. [More]

Crumbs To Rise From The Ashes… And Become Just Another Treats Shop

Crumbs To Rise From The Ashes… And Become Just Another Treats Shop

Three years ago, cupcake chain Crumbs went public, based on the notion that its monstrously large treats were so unique that consumers would want a Crumbs store in every city, town, and hamlet from Portland to Portland. But since just about anyone can bake a decent cupcake and throw a bunch of sweet stuff on top of it, people started their own cupcakeries instead of buying into the Crumbs model, and the company’s stock price nosedived from an initial high of around $13 to just a few pennies, all before Crumbs shuttered its stores last week. But the chain might have a savior — who sees Crumbs’ future… as just another store to sell sweet junk food. [More]

Expected Bill Would Allow Private Student Loan Debt To Be Discharged In Bankruptcy

Expected Bill Would Allow Private Student Loan Debt To Be Discharged In Bankruptcy

If at first you don’t succeed, try again with a more drastic measure. Just two weeks after a bill to allow private student loan borrowers to refinance at lower interest rates failed to gain traction in the Senate, a new bill expected to be introduced this week takes things a step farther. [More]

GM Asks Bankruptcy Court To Block Ignition-Related Lawsuits

GM Asks Bankruptcy Court To Block Ignition-Related Lawsuits

A few weeks back, new General Motors CEO Mary Barra hedged on whether her company would hide behind the shield of its 2009 bankruptcy in order to block lawsuits tied to the ongoing ignition-related recalls, telling lawmakers only that “we have civic responsibilities as well as legal responsibilities.” In the weeks since, GM has made it very clear that it will do everything it can to use its own financial incompetence and ineptitude to put up a wall against these lawsuits. [More]

Coldwater Creek Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Planning Big Farewell Sale

Coldwater Creek Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Planning Big Farewell Sale

Where will all of the women in the world shop for quality clothes at good prices? Fine, there are plenty of other clothiers, but that doesn’t make the demise of Coldwater Creek any less sad. The stores aren’t closing just yet, but that will be the next step after the retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. [More]

Match Made In Mall Heaven: Spencer May Be Buying Brookstone

Match Made In Mall Heaven: Spencer May Be Buying Brookstone

Earlier this year, we told you about the questionable future of mall mainstay Brookstone, which has been mulling over the need to file for bankruptcy protection in order to keep selling massage chairs and gadgets that break a week after you buy them. That fate still looms for Brookstone, but its salvation may ultimately come from another mall mainstay that gives me flashbacks to endless hours spent perusing Iron Maiden posters and flipping through the pages of Truly Tasteless Jokes books. [More]

Quiznos Makes Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Official, Must Win Back Customers And Franchisees

Quiznos Makes Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Official, Must Win Back Customers And Franchisees

Quiznos announced today that, as we reported a few weeks ago, the company will be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a move that will let the chain cut its debt load by about 2/3. That’s great news for the corporate headquarters, but will dissatisfied franchisees be happy with the plan? [More]

Sbarro Officially Files For Bankruptcy Protection For Second Time Since 2011

Sbarro Officially Files For Bankruptcy Protection For Second Time Since 2011

We told you last week that mediocre pizza-slinger and mall mainstay Sbarro would likely be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Today, it made that filing official, making this the second bankruptcy for Sbarro since the spring of 2011. [More]

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Sbarro Planning To File For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection… Again

Like my Great Uncle Aloysius always used to say — if at first you don’t succeed at restructuring your failing pizza chain under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, try, try again. After its first round with Chapter 11 didn’t work out so well, Sbarro is reportedly planning to file for bankruptcy again. [More]

If everyone's home was more like this, maybe Brookstone wouldn't be thinking about bankruptcy...

Mall Mainstay Brookstone May Go Bankrupt Because You’re Not Buying Enough Massage Chairs & iPod Robots

Brookstone, better known as the store in the mall where you try out all those cool gadgets and massage chairs you’ll never buy, is reportedly considering filing for bankruptcy protection, but don’t expect any awesome liquidation sales in the foreseeable future. [More]