A trustee has a duty to disclose information to interested parties upon request. Section 1109(b) of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) includes creditors in the definition of interested parties. Trustees must obtain a court order to be excused from their duty to disclose.
A trustee’s duty of disclosure is “broad and extensive.” Courts are reluctant to excuse the trustee from their duty of disclosure unless the trustee points to a compelling “countervailing fiduciary duty … whose performance is more important than avoiding the harm resulting from withholding the information in question.”
First, this article explores the expansive scope of the trustee’s duty to disclose. Second, the article discusses the limitations on the trustee’s duty to disclose, and when a trustee may be excused from their duty of disclosure.