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A&P Supermarket Chain’s Creditors Files Clawbacks Against Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. and L&R Distributors Inc.

December 13, 2017, New York — The unsecured creditors of a supermarket chain Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co Inc., better known as A&P supermarket chain initiated preference lawsuits earlier last month, against Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. and L&R Distributors Inc, alleging that the payments were made too close to the retailers’ bankruptcy filings. The official committee of unsecured creditors stated that it is seeking approximately over $2.2 million from distribution company L&R Distributors Inc. and about $3.45 million from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., as the companies allegedly received payments from A&P in the 90 days before its bankruptcy filing.

The answers to the complaint, in these cases, are due by January 16, 2018. The pre-trial conference is scheduled for February 23, 2018.

The Debtors are one of the nation’s oldest retailers. The Debtors’ primary retail operations consisted of supermarkets operated under a variety of trade names, or “banners,” including A&P, Waldbaum’s, SuperFresh, Pathmark, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Best Cellars, and A&P Liquors.

The adversary proceeding is The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors vs. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., case no. 17-08329 and The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors vs. L&R Distributors Inc., case no 17-08330 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The underlying bankruptcy case is In re The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea co., Inc., et al., case no. 15-23007.