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Banking Law Journal

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The Bankruptcy Code does not explicitly answer the question of whether a bank owed money by its customer may temporarily freeze the customer's account upon learning of the customer's bankruptcy. The authors analyze the leading judicial decisions in support of a temporary freeze as well as those against. Casting an experienced eye on the interplay of several Code provisions, the authors present a way out of the morass: allow for a temporary freeze pending a subsequent determination of the adequacy of the bank's protection upon the debtor's request for use of the funds.