Justices Grill Insurer On Bankruptcy Judge Authority

Law360, Los Angeles (January 14, 2014, 7:46 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding an insurance company's bankruptcy that may alter the authority and role of bankruptcy judges to rule on so-called core proceedings, grilling the parties on whether federal law regarding the judges is ambiguous.

The case examines the bankruptcy of Executive Benefits Insurance Agency Inc., and calls into question the clarity of the court’s decision in Stern v. Marshall, which held that bankruptcy courts lack Article III authority to enter final judgment in state law claims.

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, arguing...
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