BRADENTON, Fla. — Jefferson County is not eligible to file for bankruptcy because it has no debt outstanding that qualifies under the Alabama law that authorizes municipalities to file for Chapter 9, creditors argued in court filings last week.

That argument, and potentially other objections to the largest Chapter 9 filing in the nation’s history, will be heard Thursday in Birmingham by federal bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett. The hearing may continue Friday, if needed.

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