Blue Cross Michigan Dodges City's Price-Fixing Suit

Law360, New York (March 30, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT) -- A Michigan federal judge on Friday granted a win for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and more than 20 hospitals in a suit by the city of Pontiac accusing them of conspiring to charge higher prices for services to non-BCBSM purchasers.

U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood granted the defendants’ motions to dismiss the suit and rejected the city’s argument that BCBSM’s use of most-favored-nation clauses in contracts with hospitals, which it claimed helped the insurer thwart competition, amounted to so-called per se violations, or...
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