BRADENTON, Fla. - Jefferson County, Ala.'s counterclaims seeking a jury trial and more than $100 million in damages against Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. and Syncora Guarantee Inc. should not be dismissed, the county's attorneys said in a 23-page brief filed in federal court Thursday.

FGIC and Syncora, along with the county's bond trustee, the Bank of New York Mellon, filed a lawsuit Sept. 16 in Alabama federal court seeking a receiver for Jefferson County's financially troubled sewer system. FGIC and Syncora insure about $2 billion of the $3.2 billion of outstanding sewer system debt that is in troubled variable- and auction-rate mode.

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