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Blue Shield of California files suit against whistleblower

Johnson has proven a major thorn in Blue Shield’s side, with his criticisms about the company’s corporate conduct and public obligations impacting California’s review of the company’s massive acquisition of Medicaid health plan Care1st. The deal was approved, along with several conditions for the company, the Los Angeles Times reports. Johnson may also have influenced the California’s insurance commissioner’s investigation into Blue Shield’s executive pay and this summer’s California Franchise Tax Board’s audit.

Blue Shield says it’s asking its former exec to return confidential information and stop disclosing it, but says it is not seeking damages.