A high-profile antitrust suit alleging Sutter Health gouged union health plans with inflated hospital costs took an unexpected turn Wednesday when a California judge dismissed jurors on the eve of trial, announcing that Sutter had reached a deal in principle with the state attorney general and other plaintiffs.
After five years of litigation, and with a jury almost completely assembled, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massulo announced that the parties had reached an agreement in principle to settle the antitrust suit accusing Sutter Health of overcharging millions of workers through anti-competitive behavior that forced health plans to use its overpriced hospitals.
Judge Massulo announced that there would be no jury trial, thanked the jurors for their service and dismissed them. The jurors, who had served for over a month, let out cheers and sighs of relief before leaving the courtroom.
The UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust class plaintiffs are represented by attorneys from Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Farella Braun + Martel LLP, Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick P.L.L.C., McCracken Stemerman & Holsberry LLP, and Pillsbury & Coleman LLP.
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