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Judge refuses to delay CNSI lawsuit against state

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge judge is allowing a Maryland company to move forward with its wrongful termination lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

Client Network Services Inc. sued the state for canceling its $200 million Medicaid contract.

Judge Tim Kelley rejected a request Thursday from the attorney general's office to delay evidence-gathering in the case until January.

Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell argued the delay was needed to protect the integrity of a separate state grand jury investigation into the CNSI contract award.

Kelley said he received no evidence to suggest that allowing the wrongful termination lawsuit to proceed would harm the criminal case.

The Jindal administration has accused its former health secretary, Bruce Greenstein, of inappropriate contact with CNSI during the bid process. CNSI sued, saying it did nothing wrong.

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