A lawsuit over billing of uninsured patients filed by attorney Richard Scruggs received class-action status, the first class certification of a Scruggs suit in state court, his spokeswoman said. A state judge in Portland, Ore., ruled plaintiffs had satisfied all requirements for class certification in the case against Legacy Health System, Portland. The judge, however, certified a narrower class of patients than proposed by the plaintiffs, excluding patients who have had charges waived or discounted under the system's charity-care policy. At deadline, Legacy officials had not responded to a request for comment. The two uninsured patients named as plaintiffs in the suit alleged that Legacy breached its contractual obligations by charging uninsured patients higher discounted rates than it charged Medicare and private insurers. -- by Cinda Becker
Ore. judge gives class status to uninsured-billing suit
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