BRADENTON, Fla. - As Jefferson County, Ala., commissioners meet today to consider a seven-day extension of their sewer and general obligation forbearance agreements, officials face a protracted and expensive legal battle in federal court as creditors seek proposals from potential receivers to run the financially troubled system, according to a legal expert.

The battle is the federal lawsuit filed Sept. 16 by the county's bond trustee, the Bank of New York Mellon, and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. and Syncora Guarantee Inc. FGIC and Syncora insure about $2 billion of the $3.2 billion of outstanding sewer system debt.

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