Without court protection, Detroit  may be forced to defend a wave of lawsuits in multiple courts over the gap between the city’s revenue and the amount it owes. Photograph: Stephen McGee/The New York Times

Detroit officials will learn today whether Michigan’s largest city can stay in bankruptcy, allowing a federal judge to referee all of its battles with(...)

Graffiti is seen painted on the roof of a vacant home in a once vibrant neighbourhood near downtown Detroit. Investors dumped Detroit’s municipal bonds a day after the city’s historic bankruptcy filing even as a ruling in state court raised questions about whether the bankruptcy will stand up to court review. Photograph: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Michigan governor Rick Snyder defended his decision to force Detroit into bankruptcy as a necessary step to halt its decades-long decline and resolve (...)

Detroit’s Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr talks to members of the media outside the Detroit Newspapers building in Detroit, Michigan in this file photo. Photograph: Rebecca Cook /Reuters

The city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy today, making it the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy in US history and marking a new low for a city that wa(...)

A view of downtown Detroit from the Detroit River early in the morning the day after the city filed for bankruptcy yesterday.

The main question raised by Detroit’s bankruptcy filing late on Thursday was how the 18th-largest city in one of the world’s wealthiest countries coul(...)

Kevyn Orr addresses the media, as Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (l) listens, after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (r) announced Mr Orr as emergency financial manager for the city of Detroit. Photograph: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

A veteran lawyer who once worked on Chrysler's bankruptcy has been handed what may prove to be his toughest case yet: to bring Detroit back fro(...)