It’s Time for a New Damages Calculation: SDNY Bankruptcy Court Applies the Time Approach to Limit Damages in Lease Terminations

March 30, 2023

Since 1993, decisions out of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York consistently adopted the aggregate “rent approach” for calculating lease rejection damages in bankruptcy proceedings. But in Bankruptcy Judge Wiles’ recent decision in In re Cortlandt Liquidating LLC, he departed from the “rent approach” in favor of the “time approach,” which is based on the time remaining under the lease rather than factoring in the total or aggregate rent still owed under the lease. The Cortlandt decision is aligned with the trend in the case law and may indicate how lease rejection damage claims will be calculated in Southern District of New York bankruptcy proceedings moving forward.        

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