Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

Law360 (January 18, 2019, 6:25 PM EST) -- The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan.

In an unusual decision handed down Thursday, U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor took it upon himself to straighten out Blue Cross’ defense team, noting that even though it’s rare for a court to set up lead counsel on the defendants’ side in multidistrict litigation, the court had “reached that...

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