Sutter Calls Class' Bid For Chief Judge Intervention 'Improper'

By Dave Simpson (January 18, 2022, 8:21 PM EST) -- Sutter Health said Monday that it was "improper" for a class of insurance buyers to ask the chief judge of the Northern District of California to confer with a magistrate judge about whether, after a decade of litigation over the health system's allegedly anti-competitive practices, a trial should proceed soon.

The class of more than 3 million employers and individuals asked Chief Judge Richard Seeborg in a letter Friday to permit additional jury selection in the matter, and to check with U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler, who is presiding over the case, as to whether the trial should begin on or...

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