Judges’ soaring bankruptcy workload

By Felix Salmon
May 26, 2009

I’m not sure how often you feel sorry for a judge, but after years of handling the nightmare that is the litigation surrounding Argentina’s sovereign debt situation, the Southern District’s Thomas Griesa is now finding himself making key decisions in the Chrysler litigation, too. So far he seems to have avoided anything Lehman-related, but GM is coming down the pike — and the lack of available bankruptcy lawyers might start being matched only by a lack of available bankruptcy judges. How many monster litigations can any one judge handle simultaneously?

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