Reclamation of Goods from a Fradulent Buyer

Sections 2-702(2) and (3) of the Uniform Commercial Code (Code), defining the right of a seller to reclaim goods from an insolvent buyer, have for years been the subject of controversy. The sponsors of the Code have stood firm on the basic policy of these sections for more than twenty-five years, but, in its 1966 Official Recommendations for Amendment of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Permanent Editorial Board includes an amendment striking the words “or lien creditor” from section 2-702(3). That change has already been made in six states: California, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York. In order to understand and evaluate it, one must unravel an intricate tangle of state and federal law.