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US: Suit accusing Sutter of overcharging allowed to seek class-action status

 |  July 18, 2016

An antitrust suit accusing Sutter Health of overcharging patients, employers and health insurers has been allowed to seek class-action status, in a federal appellate court ruling handed down Friday.

The decision by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a lower-court ruling that had dismissed the case brought by plaintiffs Djeneba Sidibe and other health plan members. The court heard arguments in the appeal on July 8.

This latest decision sends the case back down to lower courts and opens the door for a class-action trial on claims that the Sacramento-based health system uses its dominance in Northern California to overcharge patients, employers and insurers.

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