BRADENTON, Fla. - Two Birmingham, Ala., residents and a nonprofit group have filed a lawsuit asking that a judge invalidate $2.2 billion of sewer auction-rate securities issued by Jefferson County and $4.2 billion of related swaps, saying the transactions were tainted by corruption.

The 47-page suit, filed Aug. 28, asks a court to set aside the county's Series 2003B and C sewer bonds and swap transactions because they were based on public contracts that were "allegedly obtained through the bribery and corruption of one or more public officials, namely Larry Langford, then president of the Jefferson County Commission."

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