HMOs Win Dismissal Of Class Action

Law360, New York (June 20, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Beleaguered UnitedHealth Group Inc. received a rare piece of good news late last week, when a Florida district court dismissed a class action lawsuit by about 700,000 U.S. physicians, who had accused the health insurer of unfairly cutting their reimbursements.

In a summary judgment order issued by Judge Federico A. Moreno, claims were also dismissed against smaller health insurer Coventry Health Care Inc.

The decision ended seven years of class action litigation, in which Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp., WellPoint Inc. and many other healthcare providers had...
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