Jefferson County Thursday won a legal fight over the county's bankruptcy plan. A federal appeals court tossed out a lawsuit challenging the agreement. The suit was filed by several sewer customers, including Democratic state Reps. John Rogers and Mary Moore, both of Birmingham. A lower court had refused to dismiss the case. But the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lawsuit is now moot. The ruling noted that the plaintiffs never asked the court to stay the plan when it was approved in 2013, and that the county has taken irreversible steps to implement it, including the issuance of new bonds. County Commission president Jimmie Stephens applauded the ruling, saying it marks the end of the bankruptcy saga.
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