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Whether Puerto Rico’S Exclusion From Chapter 9 Is Non-Uniform Within The Meaning Of The Bankruptcy Clause Of The United States Constitution, Matthew T. Repetto Jan 2016

Whether Puerto Rico’S Exclusion From Chapter 9 Is Non-Uniform Within The Meaning Of The Bankruptcy Clause Of The United States Constitution, Matthew T. Repetto

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Amid the most serious fiscal crisis in its history, Puerto Rico’s public utilities are currently insolvent or at risk of becoming insolvent. In 2013, several distressed Puerto Rican public corporations had a combined deficit that totaled $800 million, and a combined debt reaching $20 billion. One avenue for Puerto Rico’s public utilities to restructure their debt, and perhaps the only avenue, is municipal bankruptcy relief. Unlike States, Puerto Rico “may not authorize its municipalities to seek Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy relief” under title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”). An amendment to the Bankruptcy Code in …


Governance Reform And The Judicial Role In Municipal Bankruptcy, Clayton P. Gillette, David A. Skeel Jr. Jan 2016

Governance Reform And The Judicial Role In Municipal Bankruptcy, Clayton P. Gillette, David A. Skeel Jr.

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Recent proceedings involving large municipalities such as Detroit, Stockton, and Vallejo illustrate both the utility and the limitations of using the Bankruptcy Code to adjust municipal debt. In this article, we contend that, to truly resolve the distress of a substantial city, municipal bankruptcy needs to do more than simply provide immediate debt relief. Debt adjustment alone does nothing to remedy the fragmented decision-making and incentives for expanding municipal budgets that underlie municipal distress. Unless bankruptcy also addresses governance dysfunction, the city may slide right back into financial crisis. Governance restructuring has long been an essential element of corporate bankruptcy. …


Of Progressive Property And Public Debt, Christopher K. Odinet Dec 2015

Of Progressive Property And Public Debt, Christopher K. Odinet

Christopher K. Odinet

Debt is property, and, because of this, property law has a lot to say about how debts are resolved. Indeed, property law is deeply woven into the fabric of the bankruptcy process — a fact that has been woefully neglected by many scholars. The ability to provide debtors with relief and the ability of creditors to demand protections from discharge or diminished payments are both concepts that are intimately tied to property law. However, despite the doctrinal workings of property law in this context, from a theoretical standpoint property law has been underutilized. This is particularly true, as this Article …