As a former Enron shareholder, I'm not expecting a huge windfall from a pending class-action suit against the company.But I intend to claim every last cent of the paltry sum that may be awaiting me. More than six years have passed since Enron, the former energy-trading giant, filed for bankruptcy, costing its investors as much as $60 billion in market value. The debacle is a historical milestone for American business that's now synonymous with corporate corruption and fraud. My husband, Ben, and I owned just a tiny fraction of the overall pot -- 50 shares, once valued at about $3,000 -- but we're filling in every line of a claim form that arrived this month in a continuing class-action suit arising from Enron's collapse. Maybe, somewhere at the end of this tunnel, we'll find a check totaling about $350 -- a figure based on the average $6.79 per share distribution that shareholders who owned common stock are likely to receive. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a $30 billion case filed by Enron shareholders against Merrill Lynch ( MER), Credit Suisse First Boston ( CS)and Barclays Bank ( BCS), which, they allege, schemed with Enron by entering partnerships and transactions that helped the energy giant show revenues while it was actually incurring debt. The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case means more empty pockets -- and fewer deep ones -- for shareholders. It's also motivation to grab whatever we can right now. Sure, it would be a lot easier to toss the packet of legal papers in our recycling bin and walk away from the hassle. But that would only lower the percentage of investors who are enforcing their rights under the settlement. A low percentage of claims, I think, sends a message that righting the wrongs committed by Enron executives, Arthur Andersen (the company's former auditor), and a slew of financial services firms (including JP Morgan Chase ( JPM)and Citigroup ( C)) who had a hand in peddling the securities, just doesn't matter anymore. Michael Donnelly, a principal in Donnelly Steen & Co. Wealth Advisors in Marlton, N.J., says several of his clients and friends have also received the lengthy Enron class-action paperwork. "We all have a responsibility to participate solely based on the message that a united front might indicate to other companies in the future who have a moral and ethical dilemma and hope that they make a wiser decision," he says. Donnelly and I share the same views about participating in most other class-action suits -- they're typically a waste of time with few meaningful benefits to the so-called "injured class" they purport to protect.