Detroit Bankruptcy Mediator's Past Sparks Ethics Debate

Law360, New York (August 22, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT) -- A mediator for Detroit's historic bankruptcy case said he will not recuse himself even though the city is a former client, raising an ethical debate about whether his role is forbidden by the American Bar Association's model rules of conduct.

A declaration filed Tuesday by Eastern District of Michigan Chief Judge Gerald Rosen thoroughly details the credentials of the five mediators he picked to officiate negotiations in the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. The declaration omits, however, that the city is a former client of mediator Eugene Driker,...
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