Slamming Aetna Execs, Judge Tosses Medicaid Contract Suit

Law360, New York (August 17, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT) -- In a striking turnaround, an Ohio judge on Thursday lifted an injunction on the state's awarding of health insurance contracts under Medicaid and tossed Aetna Inc.'s lawsuit alleging flawed bidding procedures, saying company officials lacked credibility.

The oral decision from Judge Richard S. Sheward suggested Aetna intentionally misled the state in its bid to land contracts, saying it was hard to fathom that high-ranking executives didn’t understand basic Medicaid guidelines.

At issue was a requirement that bidders discuss experience in other states and explain the extent...
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