LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal
Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a
consumer-protection lawsuit Dec. 20 against Louisiana-based United
Networks of America Inc. (UNA).
In the lawsuit, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Rutledge accuses UNA of multiple law
violations, including statutes governing health-related cash discount cards.
The company sells, solicits and distributes prescription drug discount cards to
consumers in Arkansas.
To provide the discounts, UNA contracts with pharmacy
benefit managers. According to Rutledge’s office, the company promotes the business strategy
through misleading advertising. UNA allegedly uses promotional material showing
seals that imply a government endorsement.
Rutledge also alleges UNA
failed to include cancellation notes required by Arkansas statutes and failed
to maintain contracts with pharmacy providers.
“Arkansans are guaranteed a
certain level of transparency and accountability to help them make their health
care decisions,” Rutledge said. “When a company like United Networks of America
chooses to ignore those requirements, it puts consumers at risk and makes the
probability of confusion and harm more likely.”
Rutledge’s lawsuit seeks civil
penalties, attorney fees, court costs and additional relief.