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Blue Shield, Quest Say Lab Monopoly Suit Doesn’t Hold Water
Law 360

Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Co. and Quest Diagnostics Inc. urged a California federal judge Monday to toss claims that the companies conspired to create an illegal diagnostic-test monopoly, arguing that the plaintiffs haven’t plausibly argued that the companies’ relationship harms competition.

Quest’s attorneys argued that Rheumatology Diagnostics Laboratory Inc.’s lawsuit fails because it doesn’t show that the defendants have caused any harm to the competitive market — a required component of their allegations under the Sherman Act — and because it doesn’t…