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Highmark settlement hearing delayed until January

A pending settlement between a Whitehall property management company and health insurer Highmark Inc. was delayed on Monday in federal court in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti continued a hearing on the settlement until Jan. 18 and asked attorneys for Highmark and Royal Mile Co. to file supplemental briefs by Jan. 11.

Royal Mile Co. sued Highmark and UPMC in 2010 alleging that the two health care giants had conspired to drive up health insurance premiums.

In October, Royal Mile reached an agreement with Highmark to settle the case. Under the pending deal, Highmark would pay $4.5 million plus attorney fees and agree to refrain from anti-competitive practices until Dec. 31, 2014.

If the settlement is approved by Conti, UPMC would be left as the lone defendant in the lawsuit.

Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or [email protected].


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