Litigation Updates

Depositions Suggest Blue Cross/Blue Shield Rate Variations Were Kept from Lawmakers & the Public

MONTGOMERY—Newly released depositions in a class-action antitrust lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) give rise to charges of inflated rates and a nationally coordinated plan to control insurance markets, according to federal court filings.

A written statement received by the Alabama Political Reporterclaims, “Blue Cross and Blue Shield are defendants in a series of federal class actions alleging that the Blues are engaging in a nationwide conspiracy to suppress competition in violation of federal antitrust law, including unlawfully conspiring to divide up their respective markets and agreeing to suppress competition among themselves within those markets artificially.”

 

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SUBSCRIBER TRACK CONSOLIDATED CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT
MDL No. 2406
JURY TRIAL DEMANDED

SUBSCRIBER TRACK CONSOLIDATED CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT

This is a class action brought on behalf of subscribers of the Individual Blue Plans
to enjoin an ongoing conspiracy between and among the Individual Blue Plans and BCBSA to
allocate markets in violation of the prohibitions of the Sherman Act. In addition, this action
seeks to recover damages for classes of subscribers in the form of supra-competitive premiums
that the Individual Blue Plans have charged – and lower competitive premiums that noncompeting
Blue plans have not charged – as a result of this illegal conspiracy. This action also
seeks these damages as a result of anticompetitive conduct the Individual Blue Plans have taken
in their illegal efforts to establish and maintain monopoly power throughout the regions in which
they operate. This action also asserts related claims under the laws of the following states:
Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawai’i, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New
Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

The Subscriber Track Consolidated Class Action Complaint was filed on July 1, 2013