Daily Archives: February 27, 2012

Court Approval is Not Needed to Assert a Punitive Damages Claim Against a Health Care Service Plan

Posted in: Case Updates, Health Insurance, Punitive Damages February 27, 2012

In a victory for health insurance policy holders over health insurers/health care service plans, in Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc, v. Superior Court (Rahm, et al, Real Parties), 2012 Cal. App. LEXIS 138 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Feb. 15, 2012), the Court of Appeals ruled that a plaintiff does not need to obtain approval from the trial court before asserting a claim for punitive damages against a health care service plan.  Specifically, the Court ruled that California Civil Procedure section 425.13 applies only to health care providers (such as doctors), but does not apply to health care service plans such as Kaiser Foundation Health Plan or Anthem/Blue Cross.

The Rahm family filed a lawsuit against Kaiser Foundation Health Plan …

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