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The Stockton Saga Continues: Untouchable Pensions on the Chopping Block?

Judge Christopher M. Klein’s decision to accept the City of Stockton’s petition for bankruptcy on April 1, 2013 set the stage for a battle over whether public workers’ pensions can be reduced through municipal reorganization. Stockton’s public revenues tumbled dramatically when the recession hit, leaving Stockton unable to meet its day-to-day obligations. Stockton slashed its police … Continue Reading

Judge Rules In Favor Of Stockton And Accepts Chapter 9 Petition

By Danielle Kennedy Round one of the fight between the City of Stockton, California and its creditors is finally over. On April 1, 2013, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher M. Klein held that Stockton satisfied the eligibility requirements for a Chapter 9 debtor. Back on June 28, 2012, Stockton filed a petition seeking to adjust its debts … Continue Reading

Chapter 9 – California and Federal Bankruptcy Law/Relative Bargaining Positions

By Alan Martin and Matthew Holbrook On June 28, 2012, Stockton, California became the most recent municipality to file for bankruptcy under chapter 9, after having concluded a mandatory mediation process with its creditors. See, In re City of Stockton, California, Case No. 12-32118 (Bankr. E.D. Cal.). Many parties affected by a potential filing by … Continue Reading

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