High Court Denies Blue Cross' Appeal In Hidden Fee Case

Law360, New York (October 20, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's appeal of a $5.1 million judgment against the insurer over allegations it charged an auto supplier hidden fees while administering its health plan, allowing a host of similar lawsuits to go forward, according to plaintiffs' firm Varnum LLP.

The high court declined BCBSM's petition for a writ of certiorari following the Sixth Circuit's affirming of the award to Hi-Lex Controls Inc. in May, ending the first of almost 50 suits filed by Varnum against the company, according to a firm statement.

"Now that all appeals have...

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