conspiracy

Blue Cross Conspiracy Lawsuit Could have ‘Enormous Impact on Competition’ in Health Care, Legal Article Asserts

July 07, 2014

Mike Oliver

(AL.com) – BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A federal judge’s ruling June 18 that an antitrust lawsuit filed in federal court here can continue has inspired several legal write-ups highlighting the significance of the case.

“The results of this challenge to the structure of the Blues could have an enormous impact on competition in the health care industry,” states a legal analysis by Robert Craig for Taft Stettinius & Hollister.

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Blue Cross Conspiracy Lawsuit Will Proceed, Judge Rules

June 19, 2014

Mike Oliver

(AL.com) – BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A lawsuit alleging Blue Cross companies of conspiring in Alabama and across the country to illegally stifle competition will continue after a judge’s ruling filed Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge David Proctor in Birmingham denied motions by Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans, which are independent companies across the United States, to have antitrust case thrown out.

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Lawsuit Alleging Blue Cross Conspiracy to Illegally Eliminate Competition Should Continue, Court Filings State

January 17, 2014

Mike Oliver

(AL.com) – BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Lawyers suing Blue Cross and Blue Shield for conspiring in Alabama and across the country to illegally stifle competition forcefully argued in briefs filed this week that the case should not be dismissed.

“This case is simple,” begins one of filings opposing Blue Cross’ motion to dismiss the suit.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is Part of Conspiracy to Keep Out Competition, Lawsuit Alleges

December 22, 2013

Mike Oliver

(AL.com) – A federal lawsuit winding its way through federal court in Birmingham accuses Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and about three dozen other Blue Cross plans of conspiring with each other, agreeing not to compete and dividing territory to limit competition.

The class action lawsuit, which alleges violation of federal antitrust laws through a “complete lack of meaningful competition,” helps explain the relationship between BCBS of Alabama and the broader Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Local businesses such as BCBS of Alabama, although independently run, are linked by the Chicago-based, nationally run BCBSA with a board of directors.

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