DETROIT (AP) – Ex-U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio has filed for bankruptcy.

Attorney W. Kent Clarke Jr. said Thursday that Monday’s filing came after his client failed to reach a settlement in a lawsuit by the manager of his 2012 campaign.

Robert Dindoffer later worked on Bentivolio’s congressional staff and won a $120,000 court ruling for fees and other expenses against the Milford Republican.

Clarke says “the suit could not be resolved” and the award is more than Bentivolio’s assets.

The bankruptcy petition says Bentivolio’s monthly net income is $298 after his bills are paid. His congressional salary was $174,000.

Bentivolio failed to regain his congressional seat as a write-in candidate in November.

Dindoffer’s attorney Kevin Stoops says he’ll evaluate his client’s options in the filing.

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