Cigna Coverage Row Shouldn't Be Arbitrated, 3rd Circ. Told

By Matt Fair (January 22, 2014, 5:32 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge wrongly forced two cardiac telemetry manufacturers to arbitrate their claims that Cigna Health Corp. violated federal pension laws and unfair competition laws when it decided to stop covering the devices, an attorney for the companies told the Third Circuit during oral arguments on Wednesday.

Mark Gallant, an attorney with Cozen O'Connor representing CardioNet Inc. and LifeWatch Services Inc., told a three-judge panel that claims his clients brought against the insurer under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and for trade disparagement did not fall under the terms of a provision in the contract the companies inked with...

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