Suit against health insurers dismissed

Jun 20, 2006

A 7-year legal battle against U.S. health insurers filed by doctors has ended with the dismissal of all remaining claims by a U.S. District Court in Florida.

The class-action petition involving about 700,000 physicians had claimed the country's biggest health insurers had unfairly cut their reimbursements, reports The Wall Street Journal.

A summary judgment by U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno dismissed all remaining claims against UnitedHealth Group Inc., which was the last major holdout in the case, the Journal reported. Almost all of the other major insurers including Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp. and WellPoint Inc., had since settled the claims.

UnitedHealth had argued it never used the particular claims-reimbursement software system that was mostly the focus of the lawsuit.

"After reviewing thousands of documents, there is simply insufficient evidence of the wrongdoing claimed, i.e. agreeing with their competitors to defraud the doctors," the judge ruled. Lawyers representing the physician and medical groups may consider appealing the decision.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Salmonella and Campylobacter show significant levels of resistance to common antimicrobials in humans and animals

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

FireEye is "first in the door" on big cyberattacks

Feb 12, 2015

As hackers invade the computer systems of major companies with greater frequency and their corporate victims scramble to contain the damage and prevent future intrusions, these are boom times for cybersecurity ...

Johnson & Johnson tops 4Q earnings expectations

Jan 20, 2015

The strong dollar and stiff competition for some products squeezed Johnson & Johnson in the fourth quarter and it missed Wall Street expectations for revenue, triggering a rare sell-off of its shares.

Recommended for you

Finding psychological insights through social media

7 hours ago

Social media has opened up a new digital world for psychology research. Four researchers will be discussing new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.