Ford Motor Company v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue ShieldDate Filed: May 31, 2023
District Court: Eastern District of Michigan – No. 2:23-cv-11286
Nature of Suit: Antitrust–Anticompetitive Conduct
Defendant Type: Payer
Plaintiff Type: Private
Court Document: https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/legaldocs/myvmolwjjvr/Ford%20Motor%20v%20BCBS%20MI%20-%20Mich%20-%202023-05-31.pdf
On May 31, 2023, Ford filed suit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBS MI) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. BCBSA is a national federation of thirty-four local Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, while BCBS MI is the Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance plan operating in Michigan. The complaint alleges that BCBS MI and BCBSA conspired to allocate territories for exclusive sale of certain health plans in order to fix prices. Ford claims that these horizontal agreements restrained trade and resulted in higher prices for insurance products and services.
Ford’s suit relates to multi-district litigation against BCBS in Alabama involving similar claims that settled for $2.7 billion dollars in 2020. Although Ford was a class member in the litigation, it opted to pursue its claims independently.