Conspiracy Claims Against Quest, Insurers Face Dismissal
By Beth Winegarner
Law360, San Francisco (February 5, 2014, 8:10 PM EST) -- A California federal judge said Wednesday that he's inclined to throw out the bulk of an antitrust suit alleging Quest Diagnostics Inc. illegally offered insurers incentives to spurn its competitors, saying the amended complaint was unsuccessful in showing that insurers agreed to go along with any conspiracy.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick ultimately took Quest, Aetna, Inc., Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association and California Physicians' Services Inc.'s motions to dismiss under submission.
However, at the start of Wednesday's hearing on the motions, he said he...