A federal judge on Wednesday approved agreements raising thetotal settlement amount from the Worldcom fiasco to $6.1 billion,part of which will have to be paid by the company's directors.

According to reports, the settlement approved by U.S. DistrictJudge Denise Cote called on former Worldcom directors to pay atotal of up to $55 million in the settlement agreement, and formerchief executive Bernard J. Ebbers will cover up to $45 millionthrough the sale of some of his personal assets.

Other defendants in the case will be paying far larger sums.J.P. Morgan Chase will pay $2 billion of the settlement, withDeutsche Bank paying $325 million and the Arthur Andersonaccounting firm covering $65 million. In a previously approvedsettlement, Citigroup will pay $2.58 billion of the settlement, thesecond largest securities settlement in U.S. history behind theEnron case.

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