Judge sets first hearing for Detroit bankruptcy

Detroit is the largest United States city to have ever filed for bankruptcy.

Updated: Jul 23, 2013, 08:37 AM IST

Detroit: The judge overseeing Detroit`s bankruptcy case says he will hold the first hearing on Wednesday.

Judge Steven Rhodes said on Monday that he will take up the city`s request to freeze any lawsuits challenging last week`s decision to file for bankruptcy protection.

A state judge last week ordered Governor Rick Snyder to withdraw the bankruptcy petition in response to a lawsuit by retired public workers who are trying to protect their pensions. No action has been taken while that decision is being appealed.

Attorneys for Detroit say there`s no doubt that opponents will continue to pressure the city by pursuing litigation outside bankruptcy court. The city says it`s inappropriate.

Detroit is the largest US city to have ever filed for bankruptcy.