U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes heard several requests today to unfreeze lawsuits against the city, including one filed by the family of a Detroit police officer killed by her estranged husband, a homicide detective.
The hearing addressed issues playing out on the sidelines of the biggest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history. Rhodes has set a fast pace for the bankruptcy case and will hold a trial later this month to determine whether the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection.
Rhodes also modified an automatic stay so the city’s largest union can continue to fight for a controversial bonus payment for retirees and workers known as the “13th check.”
Also today, Rhodes heard the NAACP’s request to pursue its federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Rick Snyder’s emergency manager law. The lawsuit has been in limbo since Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July, which halted related legal action against Snyder and state Treasurer Andy Dillon.