Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 9, 2013

Detroit has to develop plan for lawsuits


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — DETROIT — City officials have 35 days to develop a plan to clear lawsuits that were pending before Detroit filed for bankruptcy.

Federal Judge Steven Rhodes issued the order Tuesday as part of a request by the mother of a slain Detroit police officer to lift or modify a stay on her civil suit against the city.

Deborah Ryan filed the lawsuit after her daughter Patricia Williams was shot to death in 2009 by her police officer husband, Edward Williams. Edward Williams also shot and killed himself.

Unsettled lawsuits automatically were put on hold July 18 when Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy.

If the city fails to put forward an efficient plan or ask for more time, a district judge will be allowed to move forward on Ryan’s suit.