Blue Cross Can't Escape Suit Over Favored-Nation Deals

By Bill Donahue (December 3, 2012, 4:03 PM EST) -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan on Friday lost a bid to kill a proposed class action claiming the insurer violated antitrust laws by using most-favored-nation clauses in its contracts with hospitals and other health care providers.

U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood shot down BCBSM's argument that the plaintiffs, direct purchasers of allegedly overpriced health care services, couldn't show they had been injured by the insurer's purported violations.

BCBSM was trying to impose a tougher pleading standard than the U.S. Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit had created for antitrust injury, the judge said.

"The court finds that the detailed and...

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