- A lawsuit is filed by the Sugar Law Center in federal court on March 27, 2013 challenging the constitutionality of PA 436.
- A day later, PA 436 officially kicks in and Kevyn Orr, installed a few days earlier as an emergency financial manager under the previous, less-expansive law, automatically becomes Detroit’s emergency manager with, among other things, the power to recommend to Gov. Rick Snyder that Detroit be allowed to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protections.
- The NAACP files a second federal suit challenging the constitutionality of PA 436.
- As a result of Orr’s recommendation, Detroit files for bankruptcy on July 18.
- On the same day, and the request of Jones Day attorneys, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Rhodes authorizes expanding an automatic stay of lawsuits against the city to include PA 436-related lawsuits that name the governor, treasurer and their appointees (i.e. Orr) as defendants. Also put on hold were several lawsuits challenging PA 436 in state court, with Rhodes deciding to take jurisdiction over them as well.
Feels a bit like being on a carnival Tilt-a-Whirl, doesn’t it?
By Curt Guyette, Investigative Reporter