Some 100 remaining employees at bankrupt telecommunications gear Nortel could receive as much as $4.4 million in bonuses as the company liquidates its final assets and prepares to shut down.

Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review reported Thursday that Nortel’s U.S. unit asked to pay the bonuses in a filing with a U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware.

Nortel’s Canada unit also is reported to be mulling bonuses, the news service said.

The filings “say the bonuses are necessary as Nortel gears up for an intercompany fight over more than $7 billion raised in the sale of its businesses,” Dow Jones reported. “Once courts in the U.S. and Canada decide how to split up the cash, Nortel will wrap up its final affairs.”

Nortel once employed several thousand people in RTP. The campus space it once occupied was sold recently.

The company is embroiled in numerous fights for proceeds from the liquidation of its assets, including patents. Nortel filed for bankruptcy in early 2009 and fell quickly toward liquidation.

Read the Dow Jones story here.

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