U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes last week approved an agreement that has the city of Detroit paying $85 million to escape a disastrous interest-rate swap deal with two banks.
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, for one, applauded the decision.
“Today’s ruling is a victory for Detroiters that will help the city reinvest in the services it provides its residents and businesses,” Orr said in a prepared statement. “We’re making good progress in reaching consensual resolutions with our creditors and stakeholders.”
Added Judge Rhodes: “The amount of the settlement is entirely reasonable and fairly compromises claims of the parties.”
The implications of this ruling extend far beyond the $85 million settlement, but let’s start with that.