According to Reuters, General Motors is on its way into bankruptcy court today in an effort to win approval and access to additional federal funding under its asset-split plan. The automaker filed for Chapter 11 protection just 30 days ago, but it will now go before Judge Robert Gerber to sell desirable assets (think: Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, Buick) to "New GM" and jettison various debts and negative assets by consigning them to "Old GM," which would be liquidated. If it succeeds in winning court approval, GM will receive billions in U.S. Treasury funding.

Before it can open the Fed's piggy bank, however, GM must weather challenges from bondholders and disgruntled consumers involved in certain types of product liability lawsuits. Industry watchdogs believe that both GM and the Obama administrations auto task force have learned from Chrysler's bankruptcy machinations, which could accelerate the process. For more details on today's proceedings, check out the link below. Thanks for the tip, Michael!

[Source: Reuters via Yahoo | Image: Michael Heiman/Getty]