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Judge sets first hearing for Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) — The judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy case says he will hold the first hearing on Wednesday.

Judge Steven Rhodes said Monday that he will take up the city's request to freeze any lawsuits challenging last week's decision to file for bankruptcy protection.

A state judge last week ordered Gov. Rick Snyder to withdraw the bankruptcy petition in response to a lawsuit by retired public workers who are trying to protect their pensions. No action has been taken while that decision is being appealed.

Attorneys for Detroit say there's no doubt that opponents will continue to pressure the city by pursuing litigation outside bankruptcy court. The city says it's inappropriate.

Detroit is the largest U.S. city to have ever filed for bankruptcy.

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