U.S. High Court: Government May Weigh In On Case About Bankruptcy Court's Power

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 9 granted the U.S. solicitor general leave to file an amicus curiae brief in a case dealing with the question of whether Article III of the U.S. Constitution permits the exercise of the judicial power of the United States by bankruptcy courts on the basis of litigant consent and whether a bankruptcy court may submit proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law for de novo review by a district court in a "core" proceeding under 28 U.S. Code Section 157(b) (Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkinson, No. 12-1200, U.S. Sup.).

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