Attorneys from Jones Day law firm representing Chrysler during bankruptcy have taken the unusual step of asking the judge to "give their fees special priority." Two reasons have been hypothesized for the move: the lawyers don't think there will be any money for trade debts from the leftover pieces of Chrysler; or the maneuver could be a ploy to get secured lenders to accept the proposed sale of Chrysler as is by suggesting that what's on the table now is as good as anyone is going to get.
A court filing by the legal firm Jones Day estimates that 38,500 Chrysler workers will lose their jobs if the bankrupt automaker fails to quickly form an alliance with Fiat SpA and is forced to liquidate. In addition, if the deal with Fiat is rejected Chrysler LLC employees will lose $9.8 billion in benefits and $2 billion in pension payments, according to the legal team.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Chrysler LLC has retained the services of law firm Jones Day, which specializes in representing companies as they go through the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Chrysler reportedly hired the law firm several weeks ago, anticipating that its counsel may be required if the $7 billion in government bridge loans it has requested are not approved before the end of the year. Sources say that Corrine Ball is the lawyer tasked with handling Chrysler
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