New Group of Creditors Tries to Block Chrysler

Washington Post – The government-orchestrated sale of Chrysler to Italian carmaker Fiat is facing a fresh legal challenge from some of the American carmaker’s lenders, which are trying to take the fight to federal district court.

Pension funds representing Indiana teachers and police officers, and a state construction fund, filed Wednesday to have the Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings heard by the district court, which has authority over the bankruptcy court.

The funds contend that the automaker’s sale violates their rights as senior secured lenders to Chrysler, and that under the proposed sale, they would recover less than junior lenders. They also think the government does not have the authority to use federal rescue money designated for banks to bail out Chrysler.

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