Hartford, Conn. (April 18, 2002) -- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former Enron auditor Arthur Andersen stemming from the loss of $220 million by the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority in a failed deal with Enron.

The lawsuit, which charges Andersen with fraud, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, recklessness, and violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, comes as the Justice Department is reportedly near a settlement with Andersen in the Enron case. Under the deal, federal prosecutors will defer criminal obstruction charges against Andersen, while requiring the firm to admit it knew employees were wrongfully destroying documents related to Enron's collapse.

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