WellPoint Premium Hike Victims Seek 7th Circ. Reversal

Law360, New York (July 24, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT) -- Former Illinois customers of Rightchoice Managed Care Inc. asked the Seventh Circuit Tuesday to resuscitate class claims that WellPoint Inc. orchestrated an illegal plot to shave unhealthy policyholders from its books after the insurers merged, arguing the dispute should have played out in state court.

The suit stems from WellPoint’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Rightchoice in 2001, after which the insurer allegedly moved to wind down Rightchoice’s money-losing Illinois operations. The plaintiffs say that as a result, they were forced to reapply for insurance as new...
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