Detroit, in debt: From today's Detroit Free Press: "Detroit files thousands of pages of documents in bankruptcy, lists 100,000 creditors." Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, said the city has nearly $20 billion in liabilities. The Am Law Daily reports today: "Jones Day Steers Detroit to Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Filing." The Chicago Tribune has this report.
Flexing: From today's Am Law Litigation Daily: "The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's beefed up effort to crack down on alleged manipulation in the energy market is creating headaches on Wall Street and billable hours at large law firms." The Wall Street Journal has this story: "FERC Increases Scrutiny of Electricity Market."
Whistleblowing: "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that would-be whistleblowers are protected from retaliation only if they report their employer's wrongdoing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission—contradicting virtually every other court to consider the matter and the SEC's own rules," The National Law Journal reports today. Reuters has this piece: "Appeals court restricts Dodd-Frank protection for whistle-blowers."
Get a warrant: The New Jersey Supreme Court, concluding that cellphone users have a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding the location of their phone, said the authorities need a warrant to track a device. The New Jersey Law Journal has this report. The New York Times has front-page coverage here. Read the opinion here.
Intervene: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, represented by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, has moved to intervene in a pending public records suit over U.S. Secret Service information about the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz, Wired reports. MIT's motion is here.
New looks: New photos of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were published yesterday in what the source of the images, a law enforcement officer, described as a response to the debate over the cover image of Tsarnaev in Rolling Stone this month. The images Boston Magazine published include a bloodied Tsarnaev emerging from the boat that provided him a hiding place during the hours-long manhunt.
Define 'arrest': "A uniformed Portland police officer tells you you're under arrest. He handcuffs you, takes you to the ground, puts you in a patrol car and another officer drives you to the precinct. Are you, in fact, under arrest? Not necessarily, according to Deputy City Attorney William Manlove." The Oregonian has this story about a pending excessive force suit in federal district court.
Waiting: The Washington Post reports: "The investigation into Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 political campaign may take longer to resolve than prosecutors have signaled in recent weeks, injecting new uncertainty into the District’s unsettled political landscape — and Gray’s political future." A prominent target of the investigation, Jeffrey Thompson, a Washington businessman, is represented by Williams & Connolly partner Brendan Sullivan Jr.