BRADENTON, Fla. - The Bank of New York Mellon said in a court filing late Monday that it would file suit in Alabama state court to push for a receiver for Jefferson County's sewer system, which is plagued by more than $3.2 billion of troubled variable- and auction-rate debt.

Pursuit of a receiver had been the object of a joint filing in federal court by plaintiffs, including the bank as well as bond insurers Syncora Guarantee Inc. and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. That action was met with a counterclaim by attorneys for Jefferson County. The plaintiffs and Jefferson County disagreed on how the federal case before Judge David Proctor should proceed.

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