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Insurers Duck Claims of Giving Quest a Monopoly
Courthouse News Service

Several medical labs cannot pursue claims that a competitor conspired with three health insurers to corner the market on diagnostic testing, a federal judge ruled. Rheumatology Diagnostics Laboratory had been the lead plaintiff in a November 2012 complaint against Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Aetna, and Quest Diagnostics. The action alleged a conspiracy of licensing agreements that made it impossible for independent laboratories such as those that the plaintiffs run to obtain in-network status with each insurance plan licensed by Blue Cross, known as a Blue Plan.

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