On December 5, 2013, Judge Steven Rhodes of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan held that the city of Detroit had satisfied the five expressly delineated eligibility requirements for filing under Chapter 9 of the US Bankruptcy Code1 and so could proceed with its bankruptcy case. The court also found that the city had filed its bankruptcy petition in good faith, going so far as to hold that the city should not have been required to engage in prepetition negotiations with creditors when any such negotiations were doomed to fail from the start.
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