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Aug 21, 2013

Bankruptcy judge to consider opening secret Detroit ‘data room’

DETROIT (Reuters) – The city of Detroit may have to open its digital vault of financial information that includes what the city’s fiscal future could look like.

U.S. bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will hold a hearing at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday to allow attorneys for the city to argue why a digital “data room” should be kept from the public.

Aug 20, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy challenged on constitutional grounds

DETROIT (Reuters) – Public labor unions took aim at Detroit’s historic bankruptcy filing on Monday, asking a U.S. court to toss the city’s bid for protection from its creditors because it is constitutionally flawed on both the state and federal levels.

A union that represents public-sector workers even took the unusual step of arguing that Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code, under which municipalities seek protection from their creditors, violates the U.S. Constitution.

Aug 19, 2013

Detroit union files challenge to city’s bankruptcy petition

DETROIT (Reuters) – One of Detroit’s biggest public labor unions on Monday became the first major party to file an objection to the city’s bankruptcy filing ahead of a midnight deadline for challenges.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 said Detroit, which last month filed for what would be the largest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy, has not proven it is insolvent and has not negotiated in good faith with its creditors. In a filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit, the union said it was also challenging the constitutionality of Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code, which governs municipal bankruptcies, arguing that it encroaches on states’ rights.

Aug 15, 2013

Detroit pension funds to object to city’s bankruptcy

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit’s two public pension funds will file an objection on Monday to the city’s bankruptcy filing on Michigan constitutional grounds, a representative of the pension boards said on Thursday.

The challenge expected from the pension funds is the first to emerge from among several parties likely to object to the city of Detroit’s claim that it is bankrupt.

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.