CHICAGO -- Detroit's pension funds asked a federal circuit court to allow an expedited appeal of the bankruptcy court's recent ruling that the city is eligible for Chapter 9 and that its pensions can be cut, saying the case has national implications that warrant a speedy review.

The city's two pension funds filed the appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The filing came a week after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing the Detroit case, said he would certify a direct appeal of his eligibility ruling to the Court of Appeals — allowing creditors to bypass the district court level — but said he would not recommend an expedited appeals process.

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