Health Insurance class action lawsuit may affect your rights

If you paid any portion of premiums for health insurance from Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net or United HealthCare at any time since January 1, 2011, a class action lawsuit may affect your rights

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You may be part of a class action lawsuit called Sidibe, et al. v Sutter Health, No. 3:12-cv-4854-LB, pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court decided this lawsuit should be a class action on behalf of a “Class,” or group of people, that could include you. This notice summarizes your rights and options before an upcoming trial. More information is available at www.SutterHealthPremiumLawsuit.com. If you qualify as a Class Member, you must decide whether to stay in the Class (and be bound by the results), or exclude yourself (and keep your right to sue Sutter). There is no money available now and no guarantee that there will be.

What is this case about? The lawsuit claims Sutter violated antitrust and unfair competition laws, which caused certain individuals and employers to overpay for health insurance premiums for health insurance purchased from Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net or United HealthCare (together, the “Health Plans”) from January 1, 2011 to the present. Sutter denies that it has done anything wrong or that its conduct caused any increase in the price of premiums that individuals and employers paid for health insurance from those Health Plans.

The Court has not decided who is right. The attorneys for the Class will have to prove their claims at trial. The Court appointed Matthew L. Cantor of Constantine Cannon LLP and Azra Mehdi of The Mehdi Firm, PC to represent Class Members as “Class Counsel.”

Am I a Class Member? You may be a Class Member if you paid any portion of a premium for a fully-insured health insurance policy from any of these five Health Plans at any time from January 1, 2011 to the present, and if, during the period you paid those premiums, you lived or worked (or, if you are an employer, were located) in one of the following California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo or Yuba.

What are my options? If you do nothing, you will (1) be bound by the outcome of the lawsuit; (2) keep the possibility of getting money or benefits that may come from a trial or settlement; and (3) give up your right to be part of any other lawsuit against Sutter asserting claims related to the allegations or claims in this lawsuit―other than if you are a class member in a similar case entitled UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health.

If you exclude yourself or “opt-out” of the Class, you will (1) keep your right to file your own lawsuit against Sutter related to the allegations or claims in this lawsuit; (2) not be entitled to any money or benefits that may result from a trial or settlement; and (3) be bound by any injunctive relief that the Court may order in the lawsuit.

How do I exclude myself from the Class? To exclude yourself, send a letter to Sutter Health Litigation Notice Administrator, c/o JND Legal Administration, P.O. Box 91350, Seattle, WA 98111, postmarked on or before March 8, 2021 that says you want to be excluded from the Class in Sidibe v. Sutter Health, Case No. 3:12-cv-4854-LB. Be sure to include your name or the name of the business, the current address and telephone number, and your signature.

How can I get more information? For more information, visit www.SutterHealthPremiumLawsuit.com, call 1-833-961-3465 or write to the address above. Complete copies of the pleadings, orders and other publicly filed documents in the lawsuit may be accessed for a fee through the Court’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov.