Bond insurers sue Detroit over Oct. 1 bond default

Fri Nov 8, 2013 10:44am EST

Nov 8 (Reuters) - Two insurance companies that guaranteed payments on Detroit's voter-approved general obligation bonds sued the city in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday over its Oct. 1 default on payments due bondholders.

National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation, the public finance subsidiary of MBIA Inc, and Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp claimed that the city's use of property taxes levied exclusively to pay off the bonds for operating expenses violated Michigan law.

The insurers asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, who is currently determining whether Detroit is eligible for the municipal bankruptcy it filed in July, to force the city to set aside the tax money for bond payments. They also want to make sure that tax money that had been earmarked for payment of the bonds would not be tapped for Detroit's proposed $350 million debtor-in-possession financing with Barclays PLC.

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