Bloomberg Law
Jan. 6, 2022, 4:25 PM

UnitedHealth Subsidiary Owes Millions in Fees in Coverage Suit

Peter Hayes
Peter Hayes

Attorneys who battled United Behavioral Health for six years on behalf of class members wrongly denied mental health coverage claims were awarded more than $20 million in fees and costs by the Northern District of California.

The court rejected UBH’s argument that the plaintiffs obtained only a procedural victory, which doesn’t warrant the award of fees and costs, because the court remanded for reprocessing instead of awarding benefits to the class members.

“None of the cases cited by UBH establishes a bright-line rule that a plaintiff who obtains a remand order in an ERISA case rather than an award of ...

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