UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health




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.


Stay in this lawsuit and await the outcome. Possibly share in benefits, if any become available. Give up your right to sue on these claims separately.

If you do nothing, you will remain part of the Class and keep the possibility of getting money or other benefits that may come from a trial or settlement. But you will not be able to sue, or continue to sue, Sutter as part of any other lawsuit for the same legal claims that Plaintiff has asserted in this lawsuit (or claims closely related to them).


Exclude yourself from the Class. You will not get any benefits from this lawsuit, but you will keep your right to sue on these claims separately.

If you asked to be excluded from the Class and money or other benefits are later awarded, you will not receive any money or benefits. But you will keep any rights to individually sue Sutter in another proceeding about the claims described in this Notice.

Exclusion requests must have been submitted no later than June 11, 2018.

Your options as a Class Member and the deadlines to exercise them are explained in the Notice, which can be found in the Documents section of this website. If the case is not resolved by a settlement or by motion, Class Counsel will have to prove the Class’s claims in this lawsuit at a trial. There is no guarantee that the Class will win or that the Class will get any money. The Court has set a trial date of June 24, 2019 to take place at Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, 400 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102. This date may be continued without further notice to the Class. Please be patient.


Court Documents

Learn more about the Settlement by downloading the documents below.

Additional Information

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 c/o GCG P.O. Box 9349 Dublin, OH 43017-4249