A court order preventing sale of Triad assets has been lifted and a debate over sale of Edgington Oil Co. has been shifted from Utah to California.
U.S. District Judge David K. Winder lifted a Dec. 11, 1986, injunction that prevented Triad or any of its subsidiaries from selling the assets of Edgington. Newedge Co. is the sole shareholder of Edgington. Newedge is controlled by the Triad family of companies.Triad America and Newedge are in bankruptcy court, but Edgington is solvent.
David G. Davidson, the bankruptcy trustee who controls Newedge, and who was appointed by a California bankruptcy court, is about to sell Edgington to Sulphur Mountain Oil Co., claim some Triad creditors, including the Sheraton Corp.
Edgington is the "crown jewel in the Triad family," the parties claim. It has the most substantial assets available to pay creditors in the bankruptcies, Winder said.
Some of these creditors claim the sale of Edgington would be either fraudulent or an "unbelievably poorly analyzed deal," the judge wrote.
"This court disagrees," Winder wrote. "The bankruptcy court can and has supervised Davidson in his role as bankruptcy trustee."
With that, Winder lifted the injunction against selling Edgington. He wrote that if he did not, he could "seriously impair the effectiveness of the California bankruptcy proceedings."
Any arguments about the fairness of the sale or other problems should be presented to the California bankruptcy court that is overseeing the Newedge case, Winder added.