DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge is proposing a trial in late October to determine if Detroit truly is eligible for bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes wants opinions from the city and creditors about starting a trial on Oct. 23. He's holding a hearing Friday on that issue and many others.
Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection on July 18, but creditors still have a right to argue that the city doesn't qualify.
Some unions say they plan to make that argument. They include the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Detroit can be eligible if it shows it negotiated in good faith with creditors but couldn't reach a deal.
The judge also is proposing a March 1 deadline for Detroit to come up with a financial plan.