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Bankruptcy law is a major part of the American legal landscape. More than a million individuals and thousands of businesses sought relief in the United States' ninety-three bankruptcy courts in 2014, more than twenty-seven thousand of them in the Eastern District of Michigan. Important business of great consequence takes place in the courts, yet they ordinarily draw little public attention. In Adversity and Justice: A History of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Kevin Ball takes a closer look at the history and evolution of this court.Using a variety of sources from newspaper accounts and interviews to personal documentation from key people throughout the court's history, Ball explores not only the history of the court from its beginning in the late nineteenth century but also two major courthouse scandals and their significant and long-lasting effects on the court. The first, in 1919, resulted in the removal of a court referee for a series of small infractions. The second was far more serious and resulted in the resignation of a judge and criminal convictions of the court's chief clerk, one of his deputies, and one of Detroit's most prominent lawyers.The book culminates with a comprehensive account of the city of Detroit's own bankruptcy case that was filed in 2013. Drawing on the author's expertise as both a longtime bankruptcy attorney and a political scientist, the book examines this landmark case in its legal, social, historical, and political contexts. Anyone with an interest in bankruptcy, legal history, or the city of Detroit's bankruptcy case will be attracted to this thorough case study of this court

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Series Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Walter Shapero
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. Bankruptcy in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. 2. The Early Days of the Bankruptcy Act, 1898–1919
  2. pp. 21-38
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  1. 3. The Bankruptcy Court and the Development of the American Automobile Industry, 1900–1925
  2. pp. 39-52
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  1. 4. Paul King and the Making of the Modern American Bankruptcy Courts
  2. pp. 53-70
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  1. 5. The Bankruptcy Court in the 1940s and 1950s
  2. pp. 71-84
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  1. 6. The 1960s and 1970s: George Brody and the End of the Administrative Era
  2. pp. 85-96
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  1. 7. The 1978 Code: Bankruptcy Comes of Age
  2. pp. 97-104
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  1. 8. Scandal Envelops the Court
  2. pp. 105-112
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  1. 9. Fallout from the Scandal: The August Trial
  2. pp. 113-124
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  1. 10. Chapter 11 and the Heyday of Business Bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Michigan
  2. pp. 125-140
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  1. 11. Bankruptcy in the Northern Division
  2. pp. 141-154
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  1. 12. The Court in the Consumer Bankruptcy Era
  2. pp. 155-166
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  1. 13. The City of Detroit Bankruptcy Case
  2. pp. 167-200
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  1. Appendix 1. Referees and Judges of the Court
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. Appendix 2. Places of Court
  2. pp. 207-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-232
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 233-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-247
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  1. Image Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814336090
Related ISBN
9780814336076
MARC Record
OCLC
961011116
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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