Antitrust Claims Cut From WellPoint Reimbursement Rate MDL

Law360, New York (July 22, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday trimmed much of a multidistrict litigation alleging WellPoint Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. improperly reimbursed health care providers and insurance subscribers, throwing out antitrust allegations but keeping intact a handful of other claims, including breach of contract.

In a wide-ranging order, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez dismissed, among others, antitrust claims brought against WellPoint and UnitedHealth under the federal Sherman Act and California's Cartwright Act. For the Sherman Act claims, the judge determined that a group of health insurance...
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