Elevance’s $14.8 Billion Suit Against Express Scripts Reaches Appeals Phase

  • Mar 01, 2024

    Part of a long-running lawsuit filed by Elevance Health, Inc. against The Cigna Group, over what Elevance considers inappropriate contract practices by Cigna's Express Scripts PBM, entered mediation mandated by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, according to court documents and Elevance’s latest 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Elevance was seeking to recover $14.8 billion in damages and is now appealing a district court judge’s dismissal of its remaining claim. 

    David Kaufman, an attorney at Laurus Law Group LLC, says that the mediation mandated by the Second Circuit is unlikely to do much to satisfy Elevance.  

    “Perhaps the parties could reach an agreement through mediation that will be supervised by the court,” Kaufman says. “I don’t know how likely that is considering the magnitude of the money that they’re seeking.” 

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    Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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