BURLINGTON, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – A
Vermont-based law firm is suing a nationwide health insurance
provider, alleging collusion.
Barr, Sternberg, Moss, Lawrence, Silver
& Munson PC, on behalf of itself and for all others similarly
situated, filed the suit April 14 in U.S. District Court for the
District of Vermont against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and
dozens of other Blue Cross companies across the country.
The plaintiff law firm has purchased
Blue Cross Blue Shield Vermont health insurance for its employees for
many years, the suit states. The individual Blue plans are engaged in interstate
commerce and the conduct alleged in the lawsuit affects interstate
According to the complaint, the
individual Blue plans have conspired with each other to create,
approve, abide by and enforce the rules and regulations of Blue Cross
Blue Shield USA, which has successfully squelched competition from
other health insurance plans.
Furthermore, the law firm and the class
were damaged by paying premiums that are calculated based on the
alleged collusion. They allege they have also been damaged as a result of not
being able to seek lower health insurance premium rates by
competitors that are not able to enter the relevant market.
In addition to a trial by jury, Barr,
Sternberg, Moss, Lawrence, Silver &
Munson seek designation of a class for this action, a decree that all
the defendants have violated provisions of the anti-monopoly Sherman
Act, appropriate damages and relief, enjoining the defendants from
entering into agreements that limit competition, court costs and
attorney fees, and other relief the court deems just and proper.
law firm is represented by Jonathan R. Voegele of Boies, Schiller &
Flexner LLP in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Adam R. Shaw of Boise, Schiller &
Flexner LLP in Albany, New York.
District Court for the District of Vermont Case number 2:16-cv-00096