Publication Archive: Commercial Litigation

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Legal NewsLine Quotes Partner on $40M BCBS Lawsuit

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Source: Legal Newsline
Four substance abuse treatment centers in Michigan have filed a lawsuit against an insurance company over claims that it “slashed” reimbursement rates, or did not pay, for the treatment of patients at their facilities. Central to the dispute is the fact that the four centers are all out of network – one subsequently applied to…Read the article

Michigan Centers Sue Blue Cross Over Payment Cuts and More

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Source: Behavioral Healthcare Executive
Four Michigan addiction treatment facilities have filed a federal lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) over what they term an unjustified slashing of payments and a high number of claims denials for substance use treatment since 2016. Partner Matt Lavin of the law firm representing the facilities tells Behavioral Healthcare Executive that…Read the article

BCBS of MI Hit with $40M lawsuit over provider payments

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Source: Beckers Hospital Review
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan faces a lawsuit filed on behalf of mental health and substance abuse treatment providers that accused the insurer of underpaying claims. New York City-based law firm Napoli Shkolnik filed the lawsuit on behalf of four substance abuse treatment centers in the United States District Court for the Western District…Read the article

Law360 Quotes Partner Matt Lavin on $40M Michigan Lawsuit

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Source: Law360
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan was hit with a $40 million lawsuit Wednesday alleging the insurer improperly slashed its reimbursement rates for substance abuse treatment facilities, choosing to line its own pockets instead of covering the claims even as the state faced a “worsening opioid epidemic.” Matthew M. Lavin, an attorney for the facilities,…Read the article

Crain’s Detroit Business Quotes Partner Matt Lavin

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Source: Crain's Detroit Business
Since June 2016, Blue Cross allegedly cut benefits and denied claims related to substance abuse and other behavioral health issues, the lawsuit said. Napoli Shkolnik Partner Matt Lavin said Blue Cross paid the centers $900 per day for inpatient residential treatment before June 2016, but while the opioid crisis was escalating dropped the per day…Read the article

Napoli Shkolnik Files $40M Lawsuit Against BCBS in MI

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Source: Modern Healthcare
The lawsuit contends that the Michigan Blues have either underpaid or wrongfully denied claims related to substance abuse and other behavioral health disorders. The lawsuit, which is also asking for punitive damages and injunctive relief, contends that the Michigan Blues have either underpaid or wrongfully denied claims related to substance abuse and other behavioral health…Read the article

Uber Class Action Settlement Update

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Source: Law360
A California federal judge has tentatively approved an increased $395,000 settlement in a class action alleging Uber denied drivers their fair share of riders’ payments, saying the deal is still on the low end, but fair. The revamped deal made three notable changes, according to Judge Alsup. Each class member will receive at least $20…Read the article

Essex County Considering Joining Multi-County Telecom Suit

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Source: Adirondack Daily Enterprise
The Essex County Board of Supervisors is considering hiring the New York City law firm Napoli Shkolnik — which is representing the counties of Fulton, Nassau, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Wyoming in the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that local 911 services are underfunded as a result of the apparent failure of AT&T, Frontier Communications, Time…Read the article
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