General Average

Definition:

Provision in maritime law where all shippers on a given voyage would reimburse the ship line in the event of vessel sinking or catastrophic damage. It also provides for the reimbursement to those shippers whose cargo was thrown overboard in order to save the vessel.

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Best-interests-of-creditors test

The requirement that a claim holder voting against a plan of reorganization must receive at least as much as if the debtor were liquidated.

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