A Look At Next Steps for Detroit

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What Happens in Court?

A bankruptcy judge will be appointed to oversee the case. The city will have to come forward with a list of its creditors and how much it owes them. That wasn't included in the initial Chapter 9 filing. It will also have to prove that it can't pay its bills. Orr has said previously that the city wasn't going to pay some of its debt.


A judge also will likely stay lawsuits against the city. Bankruptcy could change pension and retiree benefits, which are guaranteed under state law. (Photo: REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook)

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