Chapter 9 – Bankruptcy of a Municipality

Several well-known cities across the U.S., including Birmingham, have elected or discussed bankruptcy as an option. However, municipalities seeking to avail themselves federal bankruptcy relief discover that they are not in the same position as corporate debtors. Instead, municipalities can only resort to the uncommonly-used chapter of the Code–chapter 9. While chapter 9 has been infrequently used in the past, the recent financial crisis and prolonging local governmental […]

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