HealthSouth Corp. rejected a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by founder Richard Scrushy, instead offering up a countersuit for more than $76 million.

In a court filing with the Jefferson County Circuit Court in Alabama , the health care company alleges that as chief executive Scrushy attempted to pillage the company of more than $100 million, and having contributed nothing to the company, is owed nothing for his firing in the wake of an accounting scandal. HealthSouth also says that Scrushy was directly responsible for the $2.7 billion earnings overstatement that nearly destroyed the company.

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