October 16, 2019

Sutter Health has reached an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of employers, and later joined by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, that sued the health care system for allegedly abusing its market power to raise prices for consumers.

The details of the settlement are confidential. Court hearings for preliminary approval of the agreement will likely take place in February or March, said San Francisco Superior Judge Anne-Christine Massullo, who is overseeing the case.

The agreement was announced Wednesday just as the case was nearing trial and attorneys were preparing to present opening statements to jurors.

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