Proposed Settlement & Preliminary Hearing
A proposed settlement has been reached. The proposed settlement was submitted to the Court for preliminary approval on December 20, 2019. The preliminary approval hearing is scheduled for February 25, 2020. The Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement can be found at the link under the heading “Court Documents” below. If the Court grants preliminary approval of the proposed settlement, the Court will then schedule a fairness hearing where class members may appear, either in person or through an attorney, to object to part or all of the proposed settlement and/or Plaintiffs’ Counsel’s joint application, or otherwise be heard. You may also object to the proposed settlement in writing, but you must follow the procedures and meet the deadline set forth below.
The information on this website will be updated when the Court approves the proposed settlement.
OVERVIEW OF THE CLASS ACTION
The Plaintiff alleges that Sutter violated California’s antitrust law, the Cartwright Act, and California’s Unfair Competition Law. In particular, Plaintiff alleges that Sutter included provisions in its provider agreements with the major health insurance companies in California that have had the effect of restricting price competition between Sutter and other general acute care hospitals in Northern California. Plaintiff further alleges that this reduction in price competition has permitted Sutter to overcharge self-funded payors and others for its general acute care hospital services and ancillary products. Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of the class and to prohibit Sutter from continuing to engage in the alleged anticompetitive practices.
Sutter denies that it did anything wrong and denies that Plaintiff and the Class are entitled to receive any money or other relief from Sutter. This lawsuit is ongoing, and the Court has not yet decided who will win or lose this case.
Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act. Please read the information on this website or the Notice, which can be found in the Documents section of this website.
This website contains a summary of general information regarding this class action. You may obtain more information by contacting Class Counsel at the phone numbers or email address listed in the Notice, which can be found in the Documents section of this website. If after reviewing the court documents you still have questions, you can contact the administrator by email at SutterHealthLawsuit@cohenmilstein.com or by sending a letter to the following address:
UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health
P.O. Box 9349
Dublin, OH 43017-4249