Ark. Blue Cross Hit With Antitrust Class Action

Law360, Los Angeles (June 6, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT) -- Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield was slapped with an antitrust class action in Arkansas federal court Thursday by consumers who accuse the company of conspiring to monopolize the state’s health insurance market and drive up premiums.

The plaintiffs — four customers of Arkansas Blue Cross — sued the company Thursday for violations of the Sherman Act, saying it has conspired with the 37 other insurance companies that make up the nationwide Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Through licensing agreements with the association, the companies have...
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