BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An attorney told a judge a Maryland company challenging its abrupt dismissal as Louisiana's Medicaid claims processor cannot expect a fair shake from the state Division of Administration or its commissioner in an administrative appeal.

Michael McKay, who represents Client Network Services Inc., appeared Monday before state District Judge Tim Kelley.

The  judge is presiding over CNSI's lawsuit against the state.

Attorneys for the state maintain CNSI's lawsuit is premature because the firm did not first go through the state administrative appeals process in challenging the cancellation of its nearly $200 million multi-year contract.