A final, $445 million settlement between HealthSouth Corp. and investors was announced Wednesday to end class-action lawsuits stemming from a huge fraud at the health services company.
Under the agreement, which goes to a judge for approval, the Birmingham-based company will pay $215 million in cash, stocks and warrants. Insurance companies will pay the remaining $230 million.
"This settlement represents another significant milestone in HealthSouth's recovery and is a powerful symbol of the progress we have made as a company," chief executive Jay Grinney said in a statement.
The final version of the agreement was virtually identical to a preliminary settlement reached in February.
HealthSouth stock was up 4 cents a share to $4.94 in morning trading in the over-the-counter market.
Fifteen former HealthSouth executives pleaded guilty in what prosecutors described as a $2.7 billion fraud, and jurors convicted a 16th. Fired CEO Richard Scrushy was acquitted in the fraud, but he was subsequently convicted in a separate government bribery scheme linked to his years at HealthSouth.