NEWARK, N.J. – A judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for New Jersey has denied a request by Ashley Furniture to freeze payments owed to Hanjin Shipping. Ashley had asked the court to allow it to withhold damages from fees it owes to Hanjin, which Ashley said were caused by the shipper's collapse - damaging Ashley's supply chain.
Ashley Furniture is battling to recover damages from Hanjin Shipping.
Judge John K. Sherwood denied Ashley's request, as the notion would jeopardize the bankrupt Hanjin's ability to reorganize.
In addition to requesting to withhold payments, the Wisconsin-based furniture giant is looking to recover more than $1 million in damages from Hanjin for having to retrieve cargo containers delivered to the wrong ports. Ashley also said it had to store trucks used to transport the containers that normally would have been returned to Hanjin, but were abandoned in bankruptcy.
The battle wages on.