BCBS Shielded By Old Deals In Antitrust MDL, Judge Rules

Law360 (October 18, 2018, 3:09 PM EDT) -- Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers facing long-running multidistrict litigation over an alleged conspiracy to divvy up the market are protected by prior settlement agreements that free them from the claims, even though they never signed the deals, an Alabama federal judge ruled Wednesday.

The agreements, signed between 2005 and 2007, didn’t apply to the BCBS entities ensnared in health providers’ MDL claims that the insurers were part of a conspiracy that violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, but U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor ruled the deals still protect them because the company at the center of the alleged...

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