Appeals court voids $30M settlement in price-fixing case
DETROIT — A federal appeals court has voided a $30-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan involving price-fixing allegations.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said last week that key details of the settlement were wrongly sealed and kept hidden from public view.
The court said it is sending the case back to U.S. District Court in Detroit "for an open and vigorous examination of the settlement's fairness."
The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report Blue Cross is reviewing the decision and hopes to eventually resolve the case.
The settlement followed allegations that Blue Cross pressured more than 60 hospitals into contracts that were preferential to Blue Cross and adverse to competitors.
Blue Cross didn't admit any wrongdoing as part of the now-voided settlement.