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Mar 23, 2014 3:58 PM by AP

Court: Give contractor records about cancellation

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state appeal court in Baton Rouge says Louisiana must give a fired contractor records about cancellation of its $200 million contract to process Medicaid claims.

The Jindal administration canceled Client Network Services Inc.'s contract after news about a federal grand jury subpoena to look into it.

The Gaithersburg, Md., company says the documents will show it did nothing wrong. It filed a wrongful termination lawsuit last year.

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Friday in an open records claim.

Louisiana's attorney general said giving CNSI the records would interfere with a criminal investigation.

Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell tells The Advocate Louisiana won't appeal Friday's ruling. But he says the state will fight release of records that might hamper specific parts of the investigation.

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