Consumer Protection

Catholic Healthcare West Uninsured Pricing

Result: Settlement valued at $423 million
Year: 2007

Catholic Healthcare West Cases

Plaintiff alleged that Catholic Healthcare West (“CHW”) charged uninsured patients excessive fees for treatment and services, at rates far higher than the rates charged to patients with private insurance or on Medicare.

In January 2007, the Court approved a settlement that provides discounts, refunds and other benefits for CHW patients valued at $423 million. The settlement requires that CHW lower its charges and end price discrimination against all uninsured patients, maintain generous charity case policies allowing low-income and uninsured patients to receive free or heavily discounted care, and protect uninsured patients from unfair collections practices.

Lieff Cabraser served as Lead Counsel in the coordinated action.