An Alabama state judge ordered Richard Scrushy, fired chief executive officer at HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala., to repay more than $47.8 million in bonuses he realized when the company overstated its earnings. A clerk for state Circuit Court Judge Allwin Horn in Birmingham said the ruling in the lawsuit filed by shareholders on behalf of HealthSouth was based on "unjust enrichment." Scrushy will appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court, his lawyer said in a statement. "We believe the ruling is in error and that no state or federal court in the United States has ever made a finding on the basis cited in this case," attorney Kile Turner said. A jury acquitted Scrushy in June 2005 on criminal charges related to the fraud at HealthSouth, but he still faces Securities and Exchange Commission charges and a suit by HealthSouth seeking compensation for bonuses and costs related to the fraud. Scrushy, meanwhile, has filed a $70 million breach-of-contract suit against the company. -- by Jessica Zigmond
Scrushy ordered to repay bonuses; appeal planned
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