Lawyers for former HealthSouth Corp. chief executive Richard Scrushy have filed a motion in U.S. District Court to dismiss the civil charges recently filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Scrushy was acquitted in late June on all of the three dozen counts he faced in connection with a $2.7 billion accounting scandal that inflated earnings at the health care company. The civil suit seeks $786 million in penalties and restitution, and would not allow Scrushy to serve as an officer or director at any public company if found guilty.

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