Judge Cuts Conspiracy Claims Against Cigna, Others

Law360, San Diego (January 24, 2012, 4:41 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday tossed claims in a consolidated putative class action alleging Cigna Corp. schemed with UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Ingenix Inc. to reduce subscriber benefits by using manipulated data, finding they were preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler granted the defendants’ motions for judgment on the pleadings, dismissing the

the plaintiffs’ civil conspiracy claim against Cigna as well as the same and only remaining claim against UnitedHealth and Ingenix.

The so-called Nelson plaintiffs —...
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