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Calpers Says Detroit Bankruptcy Ruling Threatens System

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System said a ruling by a judge in Detroit that federal bankruptcy law takes precedence over state law may threaten the soundness of public pension systems as a whole.

Calpers, the largest state-run pension system in the U.S., filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in the federal appeals court in Cincinnati, which has been asked to consider a challenge to Detroit’s eligibility for bankruptcy protection.