Northern Lights’ hiatus from U.S. Bankruptcy Court ended today when a federal judge reinstated the Clifton Park nightclub’s Chapter 11 reorganization case a day after he threw it out.
Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Littlefield vacated his order dismissing Northern Lights’ case after a creditor’s attorney admitted his request for that dismissal was “submitted in error.”
The request was made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers after it claimed Northern Lights had failed to pay a quarterly licensing agreement fee that was due Sept. 15. Northern Lights’ attorney said a check had been sent to the New York-based performing rights licensing organization also known as ASCAP on Sept. 18 — well within a court-determined grace period.
Thursday’s ruling threatened to expose the nightclub to creditors and threw another wrench in the reorganization of Northern Lights, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Valentine’s Day. It closed for about a month after a malfunctioning beer cooler caused a fire in the nightclub in June.
Now back behind the bankruptcy court’s shield, Northern Lights owner Kip Finck said he is preparing for the busiest month in the club’s history. It has all but one day in October booked for shows.