Detroit Bankruptcy attorneys' bills piling up

DETROIT (WXYZ) - When the Jones Day law firm got a contract with Detroit, it was for six months and $3.3 million dollars.

That was before bankruptcy.  Now that they are in bankruptcy, that money was used up in three months.

The city is run by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy attorney and former Jones Day partner.  He alone approves all city bills.  The city council and mayor are only advisors.  Council member Brenda Jones tells 7 Action News there is no transparency. 

In August, Kevyn Orr acknowledged the Jones Day bills could be in the tens of millions of dollars while he insists he has cut all ties with the firm.  Some call this a clear conflict of interest. 

Detroit creditors including retirees are being offered ten cents on the dollar while Detroit sits in $18 billion in debt. 
 

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