Hibernia Corp.'s stalled deal to buy a Louisiana community bank is showing new signs of life, but executives at both companies said Friday that the outcome is far from certain.

The $14 billion-asset New Orleans bank has settled a three-month lawsuit against First Guaranty Bank of Hammond, La., clearing the way for a shareholder vote on the deal. The proposed purchase was announced in July but stalled in September because of a price squabble.

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