BRADENTON, Fla. - A federal judge in Birmingham late Monday said that Jefferson County, Ala.'s bond insurers and trustee are free to file suit July 20 in state court seeking to have a receiver take over the county's financially troubled sewer system.

In a two-page ruling, Judge David Proctor said that he would stay the federal suit for a receiver brought by the sewer debt's largest insurers, Syncora Guarantee Inc. and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., and bond trustee Bank of New York Mellon.

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