Dental Group's RICO Action Against Insurers Squashed

Law360, New York (May 18, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has declined to revive the American Dental Association's putative class action against Cigna Corp., MetLife Inc. and other insurers alleging the companies illegally conspired to cut payments to dentists through a variety of inappropriate means, including fraudulent agreements involving code manipulation.

The plaintiffs did not sufficiently plead factual allegations in their Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act complaint to survive a motion to dismiss, under the standards required by the U.S. Supreme Court's Twombly and Iqbal cases, a three-judge panel ruled in...
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