Providers Lose Class Cert. Bid In Blue Cross ERISA Row

Law360, Chicago (October 12, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT) -- Health care providers lost their bids for class certification Friday in their suit accusing Blue Cross & Blue Shield of America of breaching the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by retroactively denying benefits, with an Illinois federal judge deciding there were too many individual issues at stake.

U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly rejected the providers' attempts to have 32 separate classes certified, finding that while ERISA and its regulations are "obviously common" to the class, the plaintiffs had not shown "that the question of whether...
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