Court Paves Way For Federal Suits Against Insurers

Law360, New York (April 4, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a ruling that could open the door for a slew of lawsuits against insurers, an appeals court has ruled that a federal exemption that leaves antitrust regulation of the insurance industry up to the states does not impede private racketeering claims against providers.

Although the lawsuit in question was brought in New Jersey, where an antitrust law forbids customers from filing private claims against insurers, a person has a right to launch a federal complaint under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the Court...
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