LOS ANGELES -- Lawyers for certain bondholders in the Washington Public Power Supply System bond fraud case this month told a federal appellate court that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could harm their clients' claims if pending settlements in the case are overturned.

Lawyers for class action bondholders -- those who bought WPPSS units 4 and 5 bonds before June 15, 1983 -- said in a letter to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that they are concerned about the high court's decision last month that investors cannot bring a securities fraud case that is more than three years old.

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