Concealing or attempting to “bury the evidence” of the network of relationships between Louisiana former health secretary Bruce Greenstein, his former employer and contract winner CNSI and Governor Jindal seems to be headed to court. CNSI issues a statement today through their attorney, Kathryn Harris, clarifying the facts that Louisiana has failed to negotiate in good faith on the contract that abruptly cancelled upon notification of the federal investigation into potential improper activities regarding the contract.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration appears poised for a likely lawsuit from Maryland-based Client Network Services Inc., known as CNSI, whose nearly $200 million Medicaid contract with the state was illegally terminated.
Harris stated that the company will pursue “all legal remedies” to seek compensation for what she calls the improper termination of the contract. Jindal’s administration voided the contract only hours after details emerged that the federal investigation into the contract award.
It appears the reaction of the administration may have been so hasty that proper protocol in notification to the form may be partial basis for the litigation. Such knee-jerk reactions have been the typical reaction to any recent criticism by an outside source, particularly from the feds.
Since then, the administration said the governor’s former health secretary, Bruce Greenstein, improperly exchanged repeated phone calls and text messages with CNSI during the bid process, creating an “unfair advantage” for the firm. As Greenstein once worked for CNSI, the whispers around the capitol have grown louder and more persistent.