Quest, Insurers Hit With Suit Over Testing Monopoly Scheme

Law360, New York (November 16, 2012, 2:21 PM EST) -- Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Co., Aetna Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Inc. were hit with a suit in California federal court Wednesday by four pathology companies, accusing them of conspiring to help Quest monopolize the market for diagnostic testing services in California.

According to the plaintiffs — Quest rivals Rheumatology Diagnostics Laboratory Inc., Pacific Breast Pathology Medical Corp., Hunter Laboratories LLC and Surgical Pathology Associates — the insurers have helped Quest to lock its rivals out of their provider networks, aiding the company's...
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