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Lawsuit Claims NYC Stole 9/11 DNA Software Secrets

NEW YORK (AP) -- A software company that helped identify the remains of 9/11 victims is accusing the New York City Medical Examiner's Office of improperly handing its programing secrets to the FBI.

The New York Times reported Saturday that a federal judge in Manhattan has been asked to decide if the lawsuit can go forward.

The claim was filed in March by Gene Codes, based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The company's software helped the city analyze and organize the DNA of attack victims.

But Gene Codes claims New York refused to pay to maintain the software, then acted "in concert with the F.B.I. to steal" proprietary information from the system after it crashed.

New York City has filed a $10 million countersuit claiming the company didn't meet its contractual obligations.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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