Child Custody News

By | April 2, 2014

Bode Miller Accused of Not Paying Child Support

An attorney for Sara McKenna reported that Bode Miller has not paid any child support. The two have been battling over custody of their one year old son. Miller says the child support is pending in California.

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Champion skier Bode Miller has paid “not a dime of child support,” an attorney for Miller’s gorgeous blonde baby mama Sara McKenna said in court Monday as the two sides haggled over custody of their 13-month-old son.

“She has not received any funds,” said attorney Bill Beslow, who represents ex-US Marine McKenna.

Miller – who snagged a Bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi this year – and McKenna were told by the Manhattan Family Court judge that they must work out an interim custody schedule by next week or they will be back in court Monday for a hearing. Continue reading…

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Public Hearing For Child Custody Reform

In a Judiciary Committee public hearing parents and legislators testified for child custody reform. One of the issues is the guardian ad litem program. Some parents were required to pay up to $250, 000 for mandatory services.

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Legislators and parents testified during a Judiciary Committee public hearing Monday against a family court practice that requires divorcing couples who strongly disagree on child custody matters to have a guardian ad litem and, in some cases, an attorney for their minor children.

Those testifying said they had paid up to $250,000 for these services, while two Connecticut Superior Court judges said there were many opportunities for families in need to pay a state rate for an attorney or have a pro bono attorney. The judges said the guardians were needed to serve as the “eyes and ears” of judges. Guardians are instructed to interview people close to the child – including the parents, the child’s teachers and physicians – and are supposed to advocate for the child’s best interest. Continue reading…

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Group Urges Japan to Abide Child Custody Treaty

A group of US fathers is working to encourage Japan to help parents with cross border custody disputes. The group is comprised of those whose children were abducted and taken to Japan. The group is called Bring Abducted Children Home.

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A group of U.S. fathers urged the Japanese government Monday to comply with a convention for settling cross-border child custody disputes and help them and other American parents reunite with their children living in Japan.

The fathers and their supporters, including a veteran congressman, handed a petition to a minister of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, a day before Japan’s implementation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Continue reading…

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Settlement Reached in Remy Custody Case

An agreement was reached in the Remy Martel custody case. Jared Remy has been acused of killing Jennifer Martel. The couple shared a five year old daughter..

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The families of Jared Remy and Jennifer Martel, the woman he is accused of murdering, have reached an agreement to settle a custody battle over the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, lawyers for both sides said Tuesday.

The settlement averted a scheduled trial and ends seven months of state foster care for Arianna Remy, who will live with the Martels. Her paternal grandparents — Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy and his wife, Phoebe — will have visitation rights, lawyers said.

“Everyone’s happy,” said Susan M. Finegan, who is representing Martel’s parents and manages pro bono efforts for Boston-based Mintz Levin, as she left court with the Martels. Continue reading…

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Child Custody Laws and Cases

By | March 13, 2014

Charlie Sheen Paying More in Child Support

Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller have been battling over child support and custody. Sheen recently reinstated Mueller’s $55k child support. Sheen has been able to see the couples boys more and has since started paying more in support.

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Charlie Sheen has decided to voluntarily reinstate Brooke Mueller‘s $55k in child support, and is going to allow her to continue to live in a mansion the actor owns with their twin sons, Bob & Max, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

“Charlie is feeling very generous towards Brooke recently — this is attributed to the fact that Brooke is allowing him to spend time with the boys,” a source told RadarOnline.com. “So he decided to voluntarily begin paying Brooke the $55k in monthly child support. It had been reduced to $20k when she lost custody of the boys, but since Brooke now has the boys back, it was only a matter of time until it was brought up in court. Continue reading…

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Child Custody Case

In the case Singletary v. Singletary child custody issues were assessed. In the case the mother wanted sole custody so that she could move with her new husband. The court in turn awarded sole custody to the father.

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After a divorce is completed, child custody disputes may still arise, particularly when one parent seeks to relocate with the child. Such decisions are generally driven by the best interests of the child, but they may also be impacted by issues such as whether the parents agree to a true joint custody arrangement during the divorce.

The recent case of Singletary v. Singletary provided the Arkansas Supreme Court with the opportunity to discuss these issues. Continue reading…

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Utah Houses Passes Bill On Child Pornography and Child Custody

A new bill in Utah in regards to pornography and child custody unnamiosuoly passes the house this week. The bill would give judges the ability to consider deliberate exposure to pornography when determining child custody. The bill is now awaiting consideration by the governor.

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After a 67-0 vote in the House on Thursday, the governor will consider a bill that would give judges another factor to consider when determining child custody.

If a parent intentionally exposes his or her child to pornography, it could be used against them in district or juvenile court custody cases, should SB227 be signed into law.

“There are cases in Utah — and I’m saddened and embarrassed to report this to you — where a father will sit down with a young boy and say, ‘You’ve got to watch this to be a man,’ and they’re showing them pornographic videos,” bill sponsor Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said in a committee meeting last month. Continue reading…

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Custody Hearing for Mom Charged with Attempted Murder

Ebony Wilkerson has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and child abuse. Wilkerson drove her vehicle into the ocean with her children inside. Earlier this week she was in court for a hearing to determine custody of the children.

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Ebony Wilkerson, the pregnant woman who deputies say drove her three children into the ocean at Daytona Beach was back before a judge Monday. She attended a hearing involving the custody of her kids.

Wilkerson, 32, is from Cross, SC. She is charged with three counts of attempted murder and child abuse. Witnesses on the beach were able to get her children, ages 3,9, and 10, out of the van. None of the three suffered serious injuries. A Volusia County, Florida judge set bond at $1.2 million Saturday. Continue reading…

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Bankruptcies in the News

By | February 21, 2014

Cuts for Pensioners and Bondholders in Detroit

The Detroit bankruptcy plan blueprint was filed this week. The plan shows significant cuts for pensioners and bondholders. The plan shows Detroit exiting bankruptcy this year.

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Detroit hopes to emerge from bankruptcy this year in part by significantly cutting city workers’ pensions and payments to bondholders, according to a blueprint filed Friday to restructure the city’s $18-billion debt.

Detroit is to invest $1.5 billion over a decade to provide basic services, attract new residents and businesses, reduce crime and demolish blighted properties, according to a statement explaining the plan for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Continue reading…

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Detroit Bankruptcy Appeal

Major creditors and pensioners have filed an appeal to the Detroit bankruptcy. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case. The bankruptcy will proceed as the appeal is heard.

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear an appeal to Detroit’s eligibility for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

The Cincinnati-based court Friday agreed to accept a direct appeal, which means the case will bypass the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan. The move could mark the case’s first step on the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Several major creditors, including the city’s largest union — Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — and the city’s two pension funds, filed appeals challenging Judge Steven Rhodes’ December order allowing the case to proceed. Continue reading…

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Energy Future Holdings Corp Prepares for Bankruptcy

Energy Future Holdings Corp. is preparing for bankruptcy. The company has gotten loans to keep subsidiaries running during the bankruptcy. It is still possible that the company could reach an agreement with creditors to rework the debt.

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One of the biggest leveraged buyouts of an American company is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection, brought to its knees by heavy debt and a misguided bet on the direction of natural gas prices.

Energy Future Holdings Corp., previously called TXU Corp., is lining up loans to keep two subsidiaries operating during bankruptcy proceedings after months of talks have failed to produce an agreement with creditors on reworking its $40 billion-plus in debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Continue reading…

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Oral Health News

By | January 16, 2014

Dental Care in Maine

Maine is in need of better dental care for children and adults. There is a shortage of dentists in the state. With talk of new provider types in the state many dentists are feeling frustrated.

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The need for adequate dental care for children and adults in Maine is great. I know because I am a 31-year-old dentist practicing at one of Maine’s Federally Qualified Health Center dental clinics, Health Access Network in Lincoln. It’s also called a safety net clinic because it provides services to underserved children and adults.

I came to Maine because I heard that areas of the state had a shortage of dentists, and I wanted to help people, to treat people who might otherwise go without dental care. Immediately after graduating from dental school, I took a huge risk and moved here. I put off marriage and starting a family. I borrowed money to purchase a home. Maine is the place I chose to begin my career, invest my time and where I want to raise my family. Continue reading…

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Dr Fresh Partners with Oral Health America

Dr. Fresh, makers of Firefly toothbrushes announced a partnership with Oral Health America. The pair plan to promote oral health and tooth brushing across the nation. The partnership begins February, 6 2014.

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Dr. Fresh, LLC, announced a special partnership between its popular Firefly kids toothbrush brand and Oral Health America (OHA). The partnership will promote regular tooth brushing through accessibility and fun while benefitting OHA’s Smiles Across America (SAA) program.

Firefly will donate $25,000 and thousands of Firefly Light-Up Timer toothbrushes to at-risk children. The joint effort will help broaden access to school-based dental services offered by SAA partners.

The partnership will kick off on February 6, 2014, in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Students at Pershing School in Berwyn, IL, a western suburb of Chicago, will take part in a special brush-a-thon event. The school is part of the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society’s Children’s Clinic dental services program. Continue reading…

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Kobe Bryant Suffers Injury

By | December 19, 2013

Kobe Bryant recently re-signed with the Lakers for a lot of money. Now some people are wondering if that was a wise move. Bryant is 35 years old and just came back from an Achilles heal injury. Now he has fractured his left knee and will be out of the game until the summer of 2014.

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There’s no way to know what Bryant’s latest injury means just yet, beyond the daunting fact that a 35-year-old who came off one of the most brutal injuries (his April Achilles tendon tear) in existence six games ago will now be out at least six weeks with a fracture in his left knee. And for anyone who’s not familiar with one of these rare fractures of the lateral tibial plateau, consider this: Former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming, who certainly carried a much heavier load, once suffered the same injury in mid-December 2006, and we didn’t see him again until early March 2007.

It’s bad enough for Bryant and the Lakers on its own but made so much worse when reviewing the calamity-filled context that surrounds him. Point guard Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) was supposed to be back by now but is expected to miss four more weeks as his career also appears to be in the balance. Continue reading…

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Managing Pests

By | November 22, 2013

Distinguishing Between Ants and Termites

Termites and ants are actually quite different physically. Ants have three body parts and will usually be dark in color. Termites that are above ground are also dark and have wings while below ground termites are cream colored, they all have just two body parts.

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You are going to need a magnifying glass or hand lens that is at least 10 times to get a good look at your insects.

You want to catch several and drop them into a small container that has rubbing alcohol in it. This is going to kill the critters so you can get a close look at them.

The good news is that termites and ants share very few physical characteristics. More good news is that you have a much greater chance of finding ants than termites in this area. Continue reading…

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Dengue Case in New York

A locally transmitted case of Dengue Fever has been reported in Suffolk County. Scientists believe the infected individual contracted the illness from a mosquito which fed first from an infected individual. Public health worker must be alert and proactive in identifying and containing the illness.

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The first locally transmitted case of dengue fever reported in New York has been confirmed in Suffolk County, providing evidence that mosquitoes can spread the tropical affliction just about anywhere.

“We were all surprised,” said Dr. Scott Campbell, chief of the arthropod disease laboratory in the Suffolk County Health Department. Arthropods include a vast kingdom of life-forms and mosquitoes are key constituents.

“This goes to show you why public health officials need to be vigilant when it comes to arthropod-acquired diseases and to be prepared for the unexpected,” Campbell said. Continue reading…

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The Impact of Bankruptcy

By | November 4, 2013

Golf Retailer Goes Bankrupt

Edwin Watts Golf Shops LLC is a US golf retailer that just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy filing lists up to $500 million in liabilities and assets. The retailer has 88 stores around the country and sells online as well.

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U.S. golf retailer Edwin Watts Golf Shops LLC filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early on Monday, a court filing showed.

The retailer, owned by private equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc, listed out estimated liabilities and assets of $100 million to $500 million.

The Fort Walton Beach, Florida-based company sells golf equipment, apparel, and accessories through its more than 88 domestic retail stores and also via its web portal. Continue reading…

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Detroit Bankruptcy Trial Resumes

Detroit’s bankruptcy proceedings have been halted by a trial to determine whether or not the city’s filing is legal. The trial will resume this week and will focus on unions. Union members are opposed to the bankruptcy because they want to protect their pensions.

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Most of Detroit’s unions have challenged the city’s ability to seek bankruptcy protection and are fighting to protect the pensions of 23,500 retirees as well as active employees.

Creditors told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes last week that they are nearly done with the questions that they want to ask Orr, who is facing his fourth day of testimony. So far, most of the witnesses have been called by Jones Day, the city’s law firm.

Attorneys representing unions told the Free Press last week that they plan to call about 10 or more of their own witnesses as they present their arguments. Continue reading…

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Sunland Inc. Bankruptcy Affecting Peanut Farmers

Sunland Inc. is a peanut butter plant in New Mexico. It recently filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which was related to a salmonella outbreak. Now peanut farmers are worried about the money they could potentially lose on existing crops.

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Peanut farmers are next to feel the pain from Sunland Inc.’s decision to declare bankruptcy.

The New Mexico peanut butter plant, involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak, declared Chapter 7 Bankruptcy early in October, now has growers in eastern New Mexico and west Texas collectively out millions of dollars.

One grower says he’s mostly upset because he fells Sunland wasn’t honest.

Court documents show the plant had been preparing for the possibility of bankruptcy months before doing so, yet the growers say the plant didn’t warn them so they paid for and planted a crop that they may now have to put in storage. Continue reading…

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Medical Treatment News

By | September 23, 2013

Rabbi Opens Medical Marijuana Dispensary

A rabbi has spent his life teaching the Jewish faith to people around the world. He has seen a lot of suffering in his 30-year career, which is why he is now supporting medical marijuana. He and his wife have actually opened a medical marijuana dispensary near Washington, D.C.

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Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn spent his 30-year career educating others and helping to ease human suffering, leading Jewish congregations in Australia, Illinois, his hometown of Miami and New Jersey.

Now, he is practicing his faith in a different line of work: Kahn runs a dispensary for medical marijuana. Call it a mitzvah — or one of God’s commandments.

“From the Jewish perspective, nothing is more important than the concept of healing and bringing sufferers relief,” said Kahn, 61.

“I was a congregational rabbi during the worst days of the AIDS epidemic and saw up-close and personal what people living with AIDS were dealing with and finding relief with medical marijuana,” he said. Continue reading…

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Medical Tests You May Want To Avoid

Doctors have been known to run a long list of tests when you come in with an ailment. But new studies suggest that some of those tests are not only unnecessary, but they also often expose you to a lot of radiation. Tests you may be able to avoid include bone density tests, exercise stress tests, and image scanning for lower back pain.

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You may assume your doc is being thorough when she runs a gazillion tests, but there’s a downside to being too proactive. New studies show that many people don’t benefit from costly screening tests that come with pitfalls such as false positives and excessive radiation. So doctors tend to do fewer of them. Here are some tests you may be able to skip (for a full list, go to choosingwisely.org.)

Bone-density test

Aside from those who are at high risk for weak bones, women should wait until they are 65 to have their bone density measured. Younger women are unlikely to have outright osteoporosis, and while the scan may detect mild bone loss (osteopenia), the risk of a fracture is low and the drugs that may be prescribed to treat this condition carry side effects and haven’t proved to be highly beneficial in these cases. Continue reading…

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US Open Tennis News

By | September 9, 2013

Serena Williams Wins US Open

Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka in the final match of the women’s tournament at the US Open. After winning every match so far in the tournament in straight sets, Williams definitely had her biggest challenge in the final. Each player took a set, then they played a tough third, but Williams was victorious.

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Williams faced more of a challenge in the final, but it was far more difficult than many expected. Azarenka played with determination, even when it seemed she would make an early exit.

At the beginning of the match, wind tormented Williams. She could be seen on the CBS broadcast mouthing the words “I can’t play in this wind.” Even the skirt Williams was wearing got in her way as it swirled around in the gusts.

The women traded service breaks to start the match. Tied at 4-4 in the first set, Azarenka surged ahead with a superb service game.  She won with a wicked drop shot that Williams couldn’t reach. Continue reading…

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Women’s Tennis Players Getting Better Older

Three of the top women’s players are over the age of 30. Serena Williams won her first US Open at 17, but she just won the title again at 31. For the first time in the Open era, five women over age 30 reached the quarterfinal round of a Grand Slam.

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In 1999, if you had come to the US Open for the women’s semifinals, you would’ve been watching teenagers. That’s when Serena Williams won her first US Open title at age 17. Fourteen years and many miles later, Williams is there again at age 31, on the leading edge of a semifinal field that has three women over 30.

It’s the first time five women over 30 reached the quarterfinal in the Open era, including eventual semifinalists Li Na and Flavia Pennetta, both 31 — and it’s emblematic of a tourwide change.

“If you look across the board, 28 is the new 23,” said Dr. Malcolm Conway, a sports injury specialist who works with player Bethanie Mattek-Sands and other athletes. “You don’t see the 17-year-old popping up anymore. The reason, I believe, is the game has changed in terms of power and strength. It’s a whole different game; women are training differently and harder.” Continue reading…

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US Open Men’s Tennis Final Preview

Monday night, No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal will play for the US Open title. The match should be dynamic and exciting, thanks to the big games of these two star players. They both go for every shot, and they both cover a lot of the court. This will be their sixth meeting in a Grand Slam final.

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Tennis is a game of motion, so it’s fitting that two champions with dynamic drive will face off in the U.S. Open final.

Creating space can be a major challenge when two guys who cover ground more thoroughly than Google Earth get going. Operating under the shared believe that no shot is a lost cause, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal make the sliding retrieval look as routine as the split step in their ongoing race for world No. 1. When they meet for the sixth time in a Grand Slam final on Monday, the match may well come down to which man serves bolder, steps inside the court more frequently, and has the daring to hit the timely strike on the run.

“[Facing Nadal is] always the biggest challenge that you can have in our sport now,” Djokovic said. “He’s the ultimate competitor out there. He’s fighting for every ball and he’s playing probably the best tennis that he ever played on hard courts.” Continue reading…

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Bankruptcy News

By | August 23, 2013

Detroit Fighting For Casino Tax Revenue In Bankruptcy

Syncora Guarantee Inc. is trying to block Detroit from using casino tax revenue in its bankruptcy. Detroit will petition the judge on Wednesday for access to the money. The bankruptcy judge plans to hear both sides on the issue before making his ruling.

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Detroit will return to court Wednesday afternoon to try to persuade the judge overseeing its $18 billion bankruptcy to prevent Syncora Guarantee Inc. from blocking the city’s access to casino tax revenue.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said at a hearing this morning in Detroit that he wants the two sides to tell him whether federal bankruptcy rules prohibit Syncora from taking any actions that may force the money to be held in a special account. Rhodes said he wasn’t confident an earlier order from another judge halting Syncora was still valid.

The city argued that Syncora can be blocked from acting either with a finding that the earlier court’s temporary restraining order is still valid, or that federal bankruptcy law’s so-called automatic stay on litigation applies to the casino money. Continue reading…

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Committee Members Appointed In Detroit Bankruptcy

Nine people have been named as members of a committee that will represent former municipal workers of Detroit. Several union leaders have been selected for the committee that will represent a group of over 23,000 employees. The judge selected the nine people from a pool of 90 applicants.

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Nine people, including several union leaders, were appointed Thursday to a committee that will represent more than 23,500 former municipal workers during Detroit’s historic bankruptcy case.

The appointments, revealed in a court filing, come two days after U.S. Trustee Daniel McDermott interviewed retiree applicants at U.S. District Court. About 90 people applied to serve on the retiree committee, which is expected to fight to preserve vested pension benefits targeted for cuts during the city’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy case.

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Kodak Approved For Bankruptcy Exit

Eastman Kodak Co. was once a giant in the photo industry. But the company had to file for bankruptcy, and is now set to emerge as a much smaller digital imaging company. The bankruptcy judge has approved the company’s exit plan from bankruptcy.

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The Eastman Kodak Company, once a mighty photography pioneer, received court approval on Tuesday for its plan to emerge from bankruptcy as a much smaller digital imaging company.

The ruling by Judge Allan L. Gropper of the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York puts Kodak on track to exit bankruptcy in about two weeks.

“It will be enormously valuable for the company to get out of Chapter 11 and hopefully begin to regain its position in the pantheon of American business,” Judge Gropper said.

Kodak, based in Rochester, was for years synonymous with household cameras and family snapshots. It filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2012, weighed down by high pension costs and a delay of years in embracing digital camera technology. Continue reading…

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