Hertz Bankruptcy and Personal Injury Auto Claims in the Time of COVID-19

June 16, 2020

Hertz filed for bankruptcy in Delaware (Case Number 1:20-bk-11219) on May 22nd, the latest victim of the sudden economic downturn sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company has been running car rentals since 1918, when it set up shop with Ford Model-Ts. It survived the great depression and other shocks over the years, including during World War II, before declaring bankruptcy.

Included in the Hertz brand are: Dollar Thrifty, Thrifty Rent-A- Car and Firefly subsidiaries. Firefly is a discount subsidiary outside the United States.

Hertz intends to stay in business while restructuring its debts and plans to emerge a financially healthier company.

The filing is probably the highest profile of the Covid-19 cases as it has the largest share of the car rental industry.


I have already written several articles in this newsletter addressing other bankruptcies and given webinars on the subject matter, but now I want to discuss the impact of Hertz in regards to personal injury and automobile claim practices.

First of all, as you know the automatic stay is in place so any pending litigation against Hertz will cease and the bankruptcy process will take over

The state court trial lawyers will now find themselves in a bankruptcy setting in Delaware without knowing the language, understanding the process, or knowing how to manage cases through the process.

Andrews & Thornton has a proven track record in managing large scale mass tort claims through bankruptcy and is here to assist you. In the hands of capable, experienced mass tort bankruptcy practitioners like myself and the other attorneys in my firm, you will be able to navigate the process and bring the maximum value to your client’s claims that will not be dealt with in the bankruptcy. So, if you or your colleagues have cases involving a car operated by a renter but owned by Hertz, please consider allowing us to assist you with those claims in the Delaware bankruptcy court.

We regularly team up with Edward E. Neiger, a prominent bankruptcy lawyer based in New York, who has extensive experience in this area of law. Ed and I have established relationships with many of the lead players in the Hertz bankruptcy case.

Please feel free to call me or email me at the below address if you have any questions or wish to discuss how we can assist you in the Hertz bankruptcy case with your client’s personal injury claims.

Time is of the essence as the claims filing deadlines can be established early on in the bankruptcy case and can come up very fast. Please contact us as soon as possible should you need our assistance.

Stay safe and healthy.

Anne Andrews

ANDREWS & THORNTON
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