James White, a professor at the University of Michigan law school, has been appointed as a mediator in the furore over US giant, Fruit of the Loom.
 
An unsecured creditors' committee has won the right to call for an independent examiner and to stop the firm's reorganisation plan proceedings.

It is fighting the existence of $1.2 billion in obligations to pre-petition lenders.

Chicago-based Fruit of the Loom and 28 affiliates filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of December 1999.

Meanwhile, employees working at two Fruits of the Loom factories in Ireland fear their jobs could be on the line.