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Weather Interferes with Detroit Bankruptcy Hearing

 
Weather Interferes with Detroit Bankruptcy Hearing
Posted January 6th, 2014 @ 7:49am by The Associated Press

Winter weather has delayed closing arguments in a bankruptcy court hearing on an agreement by Detroit to pay off banks and settle millions of dollars in debt tied to an interest rate swap deal.
 
Bankruptcy court in Detroit was shut Monday amid severe weather.
 
Detroit's state appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr testified Friday that the proposal to terminate the deal with UBS and Bank of America for $165 million is best for the city.
 
The city pledged casino tax revenue in 2009 as collateral to avoid defaulting on pension debt payments. The swaps allowed Detroit to get fixed interest rates on pension bonds with the banks.
 
Orr and the banks initially reached a $220 million payoff, but bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ordered the city to negotiate a better deal.

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