The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago, filed suit in federal court to prevent CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Owings Mills, Md., from using the Blues name and logo. The lawsuit follows the signing of a new Maryland law barring CareFirst for five years from converting to a for-profit health plan and replacing 10 of the insurer's 21 board members. Such an action automatically terminates the licensing agreement between the Blues association and CareFirst, an association official said. Maryland's attorney general, meanwhile, asked for an injunction preventing the Blues association from terminating CareFirst's license. Controversy has surrounded CareFirst and its board since the board negotiated a sale to for-profit WellPoint Health Networks, Thousand Oaks, Calif., for what some consultants said was too low of a price. The deal, which at one point included rich bonus packages for some CareFirst executives, was rejected by Maryland's insurance commissioner earlier this year. -- by Tony Fong
No conversion, but CareFirst may lose Blues name
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