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Mich.'s emergency manager law goes into effect, opponents sue

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

Opponents of Michigan's new emergency manager law are seeking to block it in federal court, saying the measure is unconstitutional.

The tougher emergency manager law, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in December, takes effect Thursday. It gives state-appointed managers authority, among other things, to modify or throw out union contracts.

Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy turnaround expert, began his role as Detroit's emergency manager on Monday. "He can sell city assets, he can fire elected officials," says FOX 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton. "The real kicker of this law is that after 18 months, the city can get rid of Kevyn Orr with a two-thirds vote."

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network have joined a coalition of unions, clergy groups and Michigan residents in the filing of a federal lawsuit to halt the state's new emergency manager law.

Sharpton was in Detroit Thursday to announce they're seeking an injunction from a U.S. District Court judge in Detroit.

Snyder defends the new law, saying it is needed to fix city finances. Detroit recently got an emergency manager.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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