Puerto Rico Files for Bankruptcy: New York Judge to Hear Case

May 9, 2017

On May 3, 2017, the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico filed a voluntary petition for relief on behalf of Puerto Rico in federal court there.  The filing required the Chief Justice of the United States to designate a district court judge to conduct the case.  On May 5, Chief Justice Roberts appointed District Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York.  Judge Swain was a bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of New York before joining the district court in 2000.

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