First Day Motions

Pleadings usually filed along with the Chapter 11 petition seeking emergency relief, with minimal notice and opportunity for a hearing, so that a debtor may conduct its business and administer its bankruptcy postpetition without interruption. Common first-day motions include motions to address the following issues: joint administration of related bankruptcy cases; notice and administrative procedures; obtaining employment of attorneys and other professionals; procedures for payment of interim professional fees and expenses; extension of time to file schedules and statement of financial affairs; approving cash management systems; payment of the prepetition claims of critical vendors and employees, continuation of customer programs, providing adequate assurance for utilities; establishing reclamation procedures; and authorization for use of cash collateral or debtor-in possession financing.

See also Doctrine of Necessity, Due Process.

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