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The Nortel bankruptcy trial begins on Monday and will be conducted simultaneously by U.S. and Canadian judges.
The Nortel bankruptcy trial begins on Monday and will be conducted simultaneously by U.S. and Canadian judges.
(NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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Nortel hearing a cross-border spectacle

The unprecedented Nortel Networks Corp. bankruptcy trial will be conducted simultaneously by U.S. and Canadian judges in crowded courtrooms linked by $1.3-million worth of video equipment to live stream the complex event between two locations.

The process for conducting the rare cross-border trial, which begins Monday, has been the subject of months of wrangling and debate by dozens of lawyers representing groups with an interest in how the judges will allocate $7.3-billion from the sale of patents and other assets between Nortel divisions in Canada, the United States and Europe.