Federal Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett Friday entered several major orders that chisel away portions of the $1.63 billion class-action suit filed in Jefferson County, Ala.'s Chapter 9 bankruptcy case.

The suit, citing a theory of corruption underpinning the county's sewer deals as way to invalidate a portion of the debt, was filed by a group of elected officials and residents in Birmingham as a class action on behalf of all sewer system customers.

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