Judge OKs Forfeiture Suit Against Enron's Lay

Law360 (November 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice may proceed with its effort to recover roughly $12.7 million from the estate of the late Enron Corp. founder and CEO Kenneth Lay after a federal judge rebuffed Lay's wife's attempt to halt the case.

Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday denied Linda P. Lay's motion to dismiss the civil forfeiture action brought by the DOJ's criminal and civil divisions as well as its Enron Task Force.

The lawsuit, which was filed in October 2006, seeks over $2.5 million from the forfeiture of a high-rise...

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