WellPoint Asks Judge To Gut Price-Fixing MDL Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (June 12, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT) -- WellPoint Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to gut antitrust claims in multidistrict litigation alleging they illegally conspired to underpay health care providers, arguing that the plaintiff subscribers lacked standing to sue under the Sherman Act.

Peter R. Bisio, one of WellPoint's lawyers, argued at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez that the plaintiffs, despite having four attempts to amend their complaint, still failed to show "that their injuries flowed from a conspiracy to exclude competitors."

"There isn't...
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