BRADENTON, Fla. - Jefferson County, Ala., must retain its bankruptcy attorneys a bit longer as two groups have said they plan to pursue appeals of the county's confirmation order, and the cases could take years to resolve, a bankruptcy attorney said.

The county emerged from the nation's second-largest municipal bankruptcy on Dec. 3 after closing on $1.8 billion of new refunding sewer warrants to complete implementation of its debt adjustment plan. The warrant proceeds were used to pay creditors holding $3.14 billion of old sewer debt.

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