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Blog: California Bankruptcy Judge Rules that State Law Does Not Protect Pension Fund from Municipal Bankruptcies

On October 1, a bankruptcy judge ruled that the pension agreement between Stockton, California and Calpers, California’s massive state-run pension fund for public employees, is an executory contract that can be rejected in...more

Public Works Projects and Municipal Bankruptcies

The good news is that public works construction projects for municipalities are projected to remain a major sector of construction activity for the foreseeable future. The not-so-good news is that municipal bankruptcy filings...more

Government Employee Pensions May Now Be Fair Game for Cuts During Bankruptcy Restructuring

On Tuesday, December 2, 2013, Judge Steven Rhodes of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the City of Detroit, which filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on July 18, 2013, met the...more

Court Holds that San Bernardino is Eligible to File for Chapter 9

On October 16, 2013, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California ruled that the City of San Bernardino is eligible for protection under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code. In re City of San Bernardino,...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Shows Need for Amending Bankruptcy Law  [Video]

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Detroit's municipal bankruptcy is reason Congress should consider amending Chapter 9 governing municipal debt adjustment, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill...more

Following Chapter 9 Plan, Monoline Insurer Must Continue to Make Payments on Old Bonds

Earlier this month, Judge Judith J. Gische of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Judicial Department found that ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation, as bond insurer, must make future,...more

Court Finds ACA Financial Guaranty Must Back Pre-Bankruptcy Bonds

Earlier this month, Judge Judith J. Gische of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Judicial Department found that ACA Financial Guaranty Corporation, as bond insurer, must make future,...more

Detroit’s unprecedented bankruptcy filing highlights issues facing municipalities nationwide

The resolution of the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy proceeding may have wide-reaching implications regarding the treatment of general obligation bonds, underfunded pensions and health care obligations, as well as the use of...more

Harvey Miller: Detroit Will Be In Bankruptcy "For A Long Time"  [Video]

July 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Harvey Miller, partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that Detroit's recently filed Chapter 9 bankruptcy case will not be an easy restructuring. In addition to the...more

Municipal Bankruptcies: An Overview and Recent History of Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

The City of Detroit filed for protection under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code on July 18, 2013,[1] becoming the largest municipality to ever file for bankruptcy. Detroit’s bankruptcy filing presents numerous complicated...more

Copy: City of Detroit's Petition for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

The fourth most-populous city in the United States has filed for bankruptcy. Detroit, Michigan filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on July 18, 2013. Commentators speculate that the City is carrying a debt load...more

Judge Rules In Favor Of Stockton And Accepts Chapter 9 Petition

Round one of the fight between the City of Stockton, California and its creditors is finally over. On April 1, 2013, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher M. Klein held that Stockton satisfied the eligibility requirements for a...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Stockton May Win the Battle, Lose the War [Video]

April 2 (Bloomberg Law) -- Although Stockton, California established the right to be in a Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy, the judge warned the city that victory may be short-lived if bondholders prove that pensioners must...more

Bankrupt Municipality May Reduce Retiree Benefits

The bankruptcy of the largest U.S. city to file a chapter 9 bankruptcy petition has yielded a decision with serious implications for municipal creditors. Specifically, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Rakoff Reverses Himself in Madoff Case  [Video]

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Judges rarely reverse themselves. When U.S. District Jed Rakoff recanted a ruling he made previously in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Inc., the reversal was important...more

Detroit's "Fiscal Cliff" and Michigan's Response

Detroit’s increasingly distressed financial condition has created a dynamic and rapidly evolving situation where the potential of a Chapter 9 filing appears to be the subject of renewed discussion and legislative attention. ...more

California Dreaming? CalPERS Seeks Payment in Full of All Pension Obligations During Pendency of San Bernardino’s Chapter 9 Case

California has seen a string of three Chapter 9 filings this year and faces a long line of distressed municipalities. Given this backdrop, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) figures to play a...more

Perspectives on Real Estate - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - Energy Consumption Data Reporting in California – AB 1103 and 531 - Real Estate and Construction Risk Management: Tips to Ensure Your Status as an Additional Insured - Attention: New Foreign Tax...more

Local Governments Facing Tough Times, Bankruptcy

What do Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes,California have in common? If you were thinking about warm weather, plenty of sunshine and the California lifestyle, you might be right, but that’s not the answer we’re...more

California’s AB 506 Process: What Creditors Can Expect in the Wake of California Municipal Bankruptcies

California’s AB 506 process was intended to help a municipality in restructuring its debt obligations and avoid bankruptcy. However, the lessons of the bankruptcies of the City of Stockton, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the...more

San Bernardino Became Third California City in a Month to Declare Bankruptcy

by Joel R. Glucksman on July 13, 2012 The recession and consequent housing crisis have taken their toll on California, and San Bernardino has now become the third city in the state to file for Chapter 9 municipal...more

Chapter 9 - California and Federal Bankruptcy Law/Relative Bargaining Positions

The Stockton, California City Council has now authorized the filing of a Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition. Many parties affected by a potential filing by other similarly situated California public entities are seeking to...more

Council Urges Stockton City Manager to File for Municipal Bankruptcy

Council Urges Stockton City Manager to File for Municipal Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on June 14, 2012 Stockton, California, may join the short list of cities that have filed for municipal bankruptcy protection amid...more

California Enacts Controversial Municipal Bankruptcy Law: Assembly Bill 506

A years-long political duel over whether California should control local government bankruptcies was resolved on October 9, 2011. Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code provides specifically for the reorganization of cities and...more

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