The Shane Group v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Case # 10-cv-14360
Case Name The Shane Group v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Jurisdiction US District Court for E.D. MI
Summary

Plaintiffs allege that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan conspired with health care providers (including hospitals) regarding their rate increases. BCBSM was able to maintain a competitive advantage, even though consumer rates went up. Plaintiffs sued to recover overcharges that resulted from this anticompetitive scheme. 

Final Approval Date 03/31/2015
Result
  1. Final Approval granted.
  2. All objections overruled.
  3. The Court found that many of Objector Andrews' "submissions are not warranted by the law and facts of the case, were not filed in good faith and were filed to harass Class Counsel" (see Final Opinion, page 46).
  4. Objector Andrews appealed the Final Approval.
  5. Appeals process is ongoing, going through the briefing schedule.
Dismissal of Last Appeal ongoing
Attachments Docket Report.pdf
Consolidated Amended Complaint.pdf
Preliminary Approval Order.pdf
Final Approval Order.pdf
Final Opinion.pdf
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Objection of Christopher Andrews, Cathy Waltz, Ron Waltz, Michael Andrews

Objectors Christopher Andrews
Cathy Waltz
Ron Waltz
Michael Andrews
Signers Christopher Andrews
Attorneys
Summary
  1. Damages may be low.
  2. Incentive awards may be high.
  3. Postcard short notice is flawed.
  4. Long notice is defective.
  5. Claim forms are flawed.
  6. Release is flawed.
  7. Attorneys' fees and expenses are excessive.
  8. Defendant should have paid for the notice.

NOTE: Christopher Andrews' complete objections and supplemental objections run over 500 pages and are available online.

Objector Andrews attempted to orchestrate a payoff of $153,450 in exchange for not filing his objection (see Email Chain Regarding Objector Payoff). Objector Andrews felt that disclosing this to the Court was sanctionable conduct by Class Counsel. Objector Andrews threatened to publicize his objection, to be Class Counsel dismissed. He even threatened to file bar complaints (see Second Email).

Objector Andrews appealed, without paying the Appeal Fee. He request to do so was denied and the Fee was produced.

Attachments Objection of Christopher Andrews et al.pdf
Motion for Final Approval and Response to Objections.pdf
Defendants' Response to Motion for Final Approval and Objectors.pdf
Andrews Reply to Responses to Objection.pdf
Motion to Strike Andrews Reply.pdf
Email Chain Regarding Objector Payoff.pdf
Second Email Regarding Objector Payoff Demands.pdf
Email Regarding Fairness Hearing 'Fireworks'.pdf
Motion for Sanctions Against Class Counsel.pdf
Motion for Sanctions Against Objector Andrews.pdf
Letter Regarding Lengthy Filings by Objector Andrews.pdf
Appeal of Objector Andrews.pdf
Application to Proceed Without Paying Appeal Fee.pdf
Denial of Application to Proceed Without Paying Appeal Fee.pdf
Response to Denial of Application to Proceed Without Paying Appeal Fee.pdf
Andrews Appeal Docket.pdf
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