State of Ohio v. American International Group, et al,, No. 07-633857 (Oh. Ct. of Comm. Pleas, Cuyahoga Cty. 2007)

Plaintiff state alleged bid-rigging and fictitious quotes in suit against insurance brokers and major commercial insurers. Settled on behalf of 26 public entities for $9 million (AIG) plus $4.75 million (Marsh). Other cases pending

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People ex rel. Madigan v. Carle Clinic Association, P.C.

State alleged two clinics conspired to boycott Medicaid patients by adopting identical policies through which they refused to accept Medicaid patients: (1) who were not already registered with the clinic or (2) who had not seen a clinic physician for at least three
years. They allegedly sought to increase the Medicaid reimbursement rates and to accelerate reimbursement payments from the State of Illinois. Settlement reached in which Carle will increase Medicaid patient load and pay local health centers who had to treat more patients because of the policies. In April 2009, Christie Clinic settled with the state, agreeing to increase the number of Medicaid patients it will accept for primary health care services to 8,500 over the next
three years; will not deny Medicaid patients primary care services because of existing medical debt incurred from March 2003 through September 2007 – the period during which these patients were turned away as qualified Medicaid patients and were charged for health care services; and wil pay, over three years, $120,000 to Frances Nelson Health Center to help fund its primary care services for low-income patients
and $34,000 to the Champaign Urbana Public Health District to help pay for its dental program for low-income children. Both Christie and Carle Clinics are committed to accept more than 17,000 Medicaid patients in the intial year, growing to 20,000 over the next three years.

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Connecticut v. Acordia (Super. Ct. Hartford Jud. Dist.)

State alleged that insurance companies were paying kickbacks to Acordia, an insurance broker, for steering business to the insurer.

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People ex rel. Spitzer v. Acordia and Wells Fargo (NY Sup. Ct.)

State alleged that insurance companies were paying kickbacks to Acordia, an insurance broker, for steering business to the insurer.

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Florida v. Ryan E. Phillips et al., Case No. 2006-CA-1986-C, Okaloosa Cty. Cir. Ct.

Florida settled allegations of price fixing in northwestern part of the state after price-gouging investigation revealed that gasoline station owner who sold station conditioned the sale on new owner matching prices as original owners station.

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Connecticut, Illinois & New York v. St. Paul Travelers

Plaintiff states charged St. Paul Travelers with illegal business steering, customer allocation, and bid rigging in the market for small business. The states alleged, and St. Paul Travelers did not deny, that millions of dollars in “contingent commissions” were paid to a number of brokers who “steered” business to St. Paul Travelers. Under the customer allocation scheme, Travelers was one of the insurers (with The Hartford and CNA) who secretly agreed with a broker to divide up the brokers small business customers in exchange for paying greater undisclosed contingent commissions to the broker.

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Ilinois v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

The state of Illinois alleged that Liberty Mutual particiated in scheme led by Marsh McLennan to rig bids on insurance policies and distribute policies to particpating insurers, who would submit high bids when directed to do so. The State also alleged that Liberty Mutual paid undisclosed contingent commissions (payments on top of regular commissions)to insurance brokers and agents to induce them to steer business to Liberty Mutual.

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Connecticut v. Liberty Mutual (Conn. Super. Ct. Hartford Div. 2006)

State alleged that from 2001 through 2004, Liberty Mutual conspired with Marsh, AIG, ACE, Zurich and other insurers to leverage Marsh’s significant market share in the excess casualty insurance market in particular to rig bids and raise premium prices on insurance contracts. Liberty Mutual settled in 2010 for $2 million.

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Florida v. Pafford Oil Company, James M. Pafford , no. CV 94 047 34 (2d Jud Cir. Leon County, FL, 1994)

As part of a negotiated settlement, the State of Florida sought civil penalties and injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant oil company and its corporate officers violated F.S. Chapter 526, and purchased and sold over a million gallons of non-Amoco brand gasoline from Amoco pumps owned or operated by the Amoco company in Leon, Jefferson, Madison and Franklin Counties.

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New York v. Facsimile Communications Industry, Inc. d/b/a/ Atlantic Business Products, Inc., No. 402299/03 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County)

Atlantic Business Products and Candle Business Systems entered into a customer allocation agreement that had a negative effect on the retail copier market. Candle plead to the criminal charges and entered into a settlement resolving the civil action.

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