Seeger Weiss LLP is pleased to announce its appointment as Lead Counsel in the WellPoint, Inc. Out-of-Network “UCR” Rates Litigation (MDL No. 2074) by Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, United States District Court, Central District of California. Co-lead counsel, with Seeger Weiss for the Subscriber Class, are Scott + Scott LLP and the Lexington Law Group. Whatley, Drake & Kallas LLC, Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross LLP and Kiesel Boucher Larson LLP will serve as co-lead counsel for the Provider Class. This litigation, originally four antitrust cases, was centralized on August 27, 2009 by order of the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Seeger Weiss’s appointment to Lead Counsel follows the firm’s surfeit experience and proven leadership in other large, complex litigations, including the Vioxx® Products Liability Litigation, for which Chris Seeger and others negotiated a $4.85 billion settlement on behalf of thousands of plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs allege that several large insurance companies, including WellPoint Inc., Anthem Inc., and Blue Cross of California colluded to lower reimbursement rates for out-of-network heath care services. The insurers were reported to have knowingly created and used flawed data to produce reimbursements far below the usual, customary and reasonable rates. The plaintiffs’ claim that the insurance companies used a rigged database created by Ingenix, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group Inc., which was once the largest provider of health care billing information in the country.
Last January, the Attorney General of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, in cooperation with UnitedHealth, announced that Ingenix would be discontinued, and that UnitedHealth would provide $50 million for the creation of an independent alternative billing system, after Cuomo led a probe of insurer’s reimbursement practices.
If you or someone you know has been improperly reimbursed for out-of-network health care services, and feel that you may need legal representation in this matter or are interested in more information on Health Insurer Price-Fixing Litigation, please contact us, toll-free and an experienced attorney with Seeger Weiss LLP will assist you in evaluating your case concerning improper reimbursements. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part and all initial consultations are free of charge. Seeger Weiss LLP has office locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania.