DETROIT (AP) - A judge is ordering Gov. Rick Snyder to withdraw Detroit's bankruptcy petition, saying the state is illegally trampling the rights of pensioners.
But the practical impact of the decision is unclear. Once a bankruptcy filing is made, it generally trumps other litigation in state courts.
Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's decision Friday came in a lawsuit filed by Detroit pensioners. The judge had planned an emergency hearing Thursday, but Detroit then filed for bankruptcy protection.
The judge says plaintiffs in the case were "blindsided."
The attorney general's office says it will take Aquilina's order to the state appeals court.
Earlier Friday morning, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says some Detroit creditors are not sure they will be repaid.
Snyder was speakinga day after Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr made Detroit the biggest ever U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.
Snyder determined earlier this year that the city was in a financial emergency and without a plan for improvement. The state hired bankruptcy expert Orr to stop Detroit's fiscal free-fall.
Orr has said the city of about 700,000 people will continue to pay its bills and employees.
Bankruptcy could mean laying off employees, selling off assets, raising fees and scaling back basic services such as trash collection and snow plowing, which have already been slashed.
Bankruptcy documents say two public employee pension systems are the top unsecured creditors.
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