Thursday, April 10, 2003

From the TN side: Sixth Circuit affirms dismissal of claim that Blue Cross subscribers paid more because of tobacco

Earlier week, the Sixth Circuit affirmed in this opinion the dismissal by Judge Jarvis of the E.D. Tenn. of a lawsuit brought on behalf of Blue Cross/Blue Shield subscribers claiming that tobacco companies were liable to them for increased health insurance premiums caused by the health problems of tobacco users in the insurance pool.

Gordon Ball of Knoxville argued for the plaintiffs. Murray Garnick of Arnold and Porter argued for the defendant tobacco companies, with a host of the usual (high-powered) suspects on brief, including lawyers from Baker Donelson, Miller & Martin, Hodges Doughty & Carson, King & Spalding, and Hunton & Williams (among others).

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