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US: Health group cleared of lawsuit, but class gets another shot

 |  June 6, 2013

A class action antitrust lawsuit filed against health servicer Sutter Health was thrown out by a San Francisco judge, but plaintiffs were given time to amend their complaint and file again. The case, filed last September by residents of Northern California, claimed that individuals receiving health services from Sutter paid thousands more every year due to the servicer’s anticompetitive conduct. Specifically, Sutter is accused of requiring health plans to use Sutter healthcare providers even if competitors were priced lower. The exclusions lead to much higher prices for those receiving healthcare, claim the plaintiffs. The class action vowed to amend its complaint and approach the Ninth Circuit if their case is again dismissed.

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