Tribune Bankruptcy Examiner Asks for More Time for Report on 2007 Going-Private Deal

By: The Associated Press

The independent examiner in the Tribune Co. bankruptcy case is asking for more time to complete his report on the media company’s 2007 leveraged buyout.

Kenneth Klee’s report was due July 12, but he says witness interviews are taking more time and money than expected.

Klee asked Wednesday that he be given until July 27 to submit his report and said Tribune is willing to delay a hearing on its reorganization plan to accommodate him.

Klee is reviewing the buyout led by real estate mogul Sam Zell and potential claims arising from it that might be brought on behalf of the bankruptcy estate. Bondholders have sued JPMorgan Chase and other banks that financed the buyout, saying they knew the resulting debt load would leave Tribune insolvent.

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