WASHINGTON — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s long-running lawsuit against Charles E. Hurwitz took another step forward with a federal judge’s ruling that previously sealed letters related to the case should be made available to the defendant.

The case, which grew out of the bankruptcy of United Savings Association of Texas in 1988, was filed six years ago. The FDIC says it wants to recover $821 million of the $1.6 billion it cost taxpayers to bail out the thrift.

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