Thomas O. Bean was quoted on October 1 by Law360 in an article regarding the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which focuses on speeding up the process of declaring bankruptcy. Mr. Bean noted that the 2005 amendments make it more difficult for debtor companies to extend the time it takes them to approve resales of real estate and leases. "One of the most valuable assets in a retail bankruptcy is the lease," he noted. The amendments give debtor companies only 90 days to approve a lease, and a judge can give a company only one extension. "It forces people to make decisions faster than they should have, or that wouldn't be in the creditors' best interests," added Mr. Bean.