The Shane Group, Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Case No. 2:10-cv-14360

If You Paid For Medical Services at a Michigan Hospital from January 1, 2006 to June 23, 2014, You May be Eligible for Payment.

Welcome to the official website for the Shane Group v. BCBSM Settlement.

There is a Settlement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (“BCBSM”) concerning its contracts with general acute care hospitals in Michigan. Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act. You do not need to be a BCBSM customer to be eligible for the Settlement.

The lawsuit alleges that BCBSM had clauses in its contracts with some Michigan General Acute Care Hospitals that violated federal and state antitrust laws and inflated prices for medical care at certain Michigan hospitals. BCBSM denies all wrongdoing and liability but has concluded that it is in its best interests to settle the litigation to avoid the expense, inconvenience, and interference with ongoing business operations.

The Court approved a very similar settlement in 2014, but the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected that approval and instructed the Court to start the settlement approval process over because some court records had been improperly sealed and address certain other issues raised by the Sixth Circuit. The Court has unsealed those records, and the public can review them on the Documents page of this website.

The parties have slightly changed their earlier settlement agreement and seek approval of the new Settlement. Under the new Settlement, BCBSM will pay a total of $29,990,000 into a Settlement Fund that will be used to make payments to individuals and entities that paid Michigan General Acute Care Hospitals for healthcare services from January 1, 2006 to June 23, 2014 and to pay attorneys’ fees, expenses and plaintiff incentive awards, subject to Court approval.

You may review the Frequently Asked Questions and the Detailed Notice for more details on who is eligible for benefits under this Settlement and what steps members of the Settlement Class need to take to receive benefits under this Settlement.

On April 17, 2018, the Court granted preliminary approval of the proposed settlement. Members of the Settlement Class will be able to file claims from May 27, 2018 to November 3, 2018. Note that if you filed a claim under the previous settlement you do not need to file another claim.

On November 8, 2018, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will hold a hearing to decide whether to give Final Approval to the Settlement. Payments will be issued to Settlement Class Members with valid Claims after the Court grants “Final Approval” and after any appeals are resolved. If an appeal is lodged, resolution can take time. Please be patient.

This website will be updated periodically with new developments in the Settlement.


Class Members’ Legal Rights and Options
Submit a Claim Form The only way to receive a cash payment from the Settlement. If you submitted a claim for the earlier settlement, your claim will be processed for the new Settlement, and you do not need to submit another claim. All Claims must be submitted online or postmarked by November 3, 2018.
Exclude Yourself Receive no benefits from the Settlement, but keep your rights to start or remain part of any other lawsuit against BCBSM about its conduct challenged in this case or related conduct. If you submitted a request to exclude yourself from the earlier settlement, that request has no effect for the new Settlement. If you wish to exclude yourself from the new Settlement, you must submit a new request by September 16, 2018.
Object Submit a written statement to the Court about why you don’t like the Settlement. If you objected to the earlier settlement, that objection will not be considered for the new Settlement. If you wish to object to the new Settlement, you must file a new by September 16, 2018.
Attend Fairness Hearing Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement. The Court will review the Settlement on November 8, 2018. If you would like to attend you must submit your request by September 16, 2018.
Do Nothing You will receive no payment from the new Settlement and will give up your rights to start or remain part of any lawsuit against BCBSM about its conduct challenged in this case or related conduct.