For 20 months, a civil case over the alleged wrongful terminations of two CoxHealth employees has been largely on hold due to an overlapping federal criminal investigation of activities at Cox.
Now for the first time, federal prosecutors no longer object to letting the civil case proceed.
In a May 18 court document, they also said the government is "diligently pursuing its investigation of Cox." The U.S. attorney's office has said in the past it is investigating allegations of fraudulent Medicare billing practices, among other things.
The grand jury investigation, and the federal lawsuit, were first revealed in the June 8, 2005 Turner Report.