WASHINGTON -- Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. has told a federal court that the lawsuit brought over the Heather Estates black-box housing deal represents a "naked attempt to extract unwarranted tribute from a national securities firm perceived to have deep pockets."

In a recent motion filed with the U.S. District Court for the Central Division of Utah, the securities firm asked that it be dismissed from the suit because the Housing Authority of Clearfield, Utah, and Residential Mortgage Inc. have no real claims against it.

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