A class-action lawsuit alleging that Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic overcharged as many as 10,000 consumers will go to court this week.
A hearing will be held on whether the suit should be consolidated with the 21/2-year-old antitrust case of Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin. The hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28 before the U.S. District Court in Madison (Wis.).
The Blues accused Marshfield of illegally monopolizing physician services in north central Wisconsin. A federal appeals court overturned much of a jury verdict in favor of the Blues, but it upheld a ruling that the clinic and its HMO illegally divided markets with competitors (Sept. 25, 1995, p. 4).
The class-action suit was filed late last month by a Marshfield couple, Henry and Joann Rozema.
Marshfield will seek a dismissal. The clinic's charges were found "well within the range of usual and customary" by an independent reviewer, said Marshfield President Richard Leer, M.D.