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Aug 14, 2013

Ford targets higher capex, dividend boost by mid-decade

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday laid out a more ambitious mid-decade plan that includes a higher dividend and a 25 percent increase in capital spending, to take advantage of growing automotive demand worldwide.

Ford’s plans will “enable us to sustain an investment grade credit rating through the inevitable downturn to come,” Bob Shanks, the automaker’s chief financial officer, said in a Ford presentation at an analysts conference sponsored by J.P. Morgan.

Jul 25, 2013

BorgWarner net up on demand for fuel-efficient vehicles

By Bernie Woodall

(Reuters) – BorgWarner Inc (BWA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), maker of automotive turbochargers and emission systems, posted higher-than-expected profit on Thursday as global demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles continued to rise in the second quarter.

Borg Warner boosted its earnings forecast for 2013 to a range of $5.40 to $5.55 per share from a previous range of $5.15 to $5.45.

Jul 24, 2013

U.S. judge halts challenges to Detroit’s bankruptcy bid

DETROIT (Reuters) – A U.S. bankruptcy court judge on Wednesday suspended lawsuits challenging Detroit’s historic bankruptcy filing while he reviews the city’s petition for protection from creditors.

Following the first hearing in the case earlier on Wednesday, Judge Steven Rhodes issued a stay on all litigation related to the bankruptcy.

Jul 24, 2013

Initial ruling on Detroit bankruptcy bid may come Wednesday

DETROIT, July 24 (Reuters) – A U.S. bankruptcy court judge
said he may rule later on Wednesday on whether lawsuits
challenging Detroit’s bankruptcy filing on state constitutional
grounds should be suspended while he reviews the city’s petition
for protection from creditors.

Judge Steven Rhodes recessed Wednesday’s first hearing in
Detroit’s historic municipal bankruptcy filing to consider
arguments he heard earlier from attorneys representing the city,
its unions and pension funds and others.

Jul 24, 2013

Lawyers square off in first battle over Detroit bankruptcy bid

DETROIT, July 24 (Reuters) – Lawyers for the city of Detroit
on Wednesday asked a U.S. bankruptcy judge to set aside all
other lawsuits seeking to block the city’s petition for
bankruptcy protection, arguing that federal bankruptcy court is
the only venue to debate the matter.

In oral pleadings that marked the opening salvos of the
biggest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, attorney
Heather Lennox asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes
to force the city employees, retirees and pension plans that
object to the Chapter 9 filing as violating the state
constitution to make their case only in his court.

Jul 24, 2013

Fight over Detroit bankruptcy begins in federal court

DETROIT, July 24 (Reuters) – A showdown over the biggest
municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history begins in a federal
court on Wednesday morning as creditors challenge its legality.

Attorneys for Kevyn Orr, a corporate bankruptcy lawyer
tapped by Michigan officials in March as Detroit’s emergency
manager, want U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to put on hold
a flurry of lawsuits claiming the Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing
violates the state constitution.

Jul 23, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy case heads to Wednesday hearing on challenges

DETROIT (Reuters) – Labor unions trying to stop Detroit from cutting pensions filed a new challenge to the city in bankruptcy court as the federal judge overseeing the case said he would hear arguments on Wednesday.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes agreed on Monday to a request by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to fast track a hearing on whether other courts can hear lawsuits against Detroit, while it seeks federal bankruptcy court protection.

Jul 22, 2013

Federal judge sets first hearing in Detroit bankruptcy case

DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal court judge on Monday set the first hearing in Detroit’s bankruptcy case for Wednesday to take up the city’s request to put state lawsuits challenging the bankruptcy filing on hold.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes agreed to the expedited hearing requested by Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Friday in the wake of a Michigan court judge’s order for Orr to withdraw Thursday’s Chapter 9 filing on state constitutional grounds.

Jul 22, 2013

Legal wrangling shadows Detroit bankruptcy filing

, July 22 (Reuters) – The tug of war over
whether Detroit legally could file for municipal bankruptcy
continues this week as the city seeks an initial hearing in U.S.
federal court to put on hold challenges to the filing in
Michigan court.

Concerned that retirement benefits will be slashed, Detroit
retirees, workers and pension funds have been running to state
court in Michigan’s capital of Lansing in an effort to derail
the biggest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Jul 18, 2013

Detroit may file for bankruptcy as early as Friday: report

DETROIT (Reuters) – The city of Detroit is in final preparations to file for federal bankruptcy as early as Friday morning, the Detroit Free Press reported on Thursday, citing several unnamed sources.

Bankruptcy lawyers and restructuring experts who are following Detroit’s financial struggles say the city’s hand may be forced by lawsuits filed in state court by municipal employees, retirees and pension funds that challenge its right to file for bankruptcy.