A panel at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may have given a boost to companies and other organizations fighting purported class-action lawsuits.
Lawyers at Ballard Spahr L.L.P., Philadelphia, make that observation in an analysis of a ruling the 6th Circuit panel issued in response to Daniel Pilgrim et al. vs. Universal Health Care LLC et al. (Number 10-3211 and Number 10-3745).
The plaintiffs in the case are consumers who bought health care discount cards from a program developed by Coverdell & Company Inc., Chicago, and advertised and sold by Universal Health Card L.L.C., Massillon, Ohio.
The consumers have argued that the cards were worthless because the providers who were supposed to be in the card program network had not heard of the program and refused to give card holders the advertised discounts.
The 6th Circuit panel refused to grant the plaintiffs national class-action status.
The panel agreed with Universal Health that the case would involve a detailed analysis of the laws in each state and ought to be tried in state court, in part to avoid encouraging companies to base their operations in the states with the weakest consumer protection laws.
Representatives for Coverdell declined to comment on the ruling.