Aetna Owes $26M Over Denied Cancer Treatment, Jury Says

Law360 (November 8, 2018, 6:33 PM EST) -- An Oklahoma jury this week slammed Aetna with two verdicts totaling nearly $25.6 million, finding the insurer willfully acted in bad faith when it repeatedly refused to cover proton beam therapy recommended for a woman’s cancer.

The Oklahoma City jury returned on Monday with a liability and compensatory damages verdict in favor of plaintiffs Ron Cunningham and the estate of his deceased wife, Orrana Cunningham, and on Tuesday found in their favor after a second-phase trial on punitive damages, according to the case docket.

The plaintiffs had alleged that Aetna Life Insurance Company had acted in bad faith in refusing to...

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