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Attorney Gianelli Files Complaint Against Anthem Blue Cross of California

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Attorney Robert Gianelli filed a complaint in the Superior Court of Los Angeles on September 14th, 2018, alleging that Blue Cross of California (doing business as Anthem Blue Cross) wrongfully denied benefits and acted in bad faith towards a client. The suit alleges that Blue Cross of California denied treatment for his client’s stage… Read More »

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Fighting a Health Plan’s “Investigational” Denial of a Medical Claim

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Health plan contracts typically have exclusions for treatments that an insurance company considers “investigational” or “experimental.” Health plans say there is insufficient proof demonstrating that certain treatments are safe and effective for their intended use, making them investigational or experimental and not a covered medical benefit. Whether a particular treatment is investigational or experimental… Read More »

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Class Certified Against United HealthCare for Refusing to Cover Artificial Lumbar Disc Surgery

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The United States District Court of the Central District of California has certified a class of plaintiffs in a Gianelli & Morris lawsuit alleging that UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company categorically denies coverage for artificial lumbar disc surgery as “unproven” despite the fact that the surgery is safe and effective. Hill v. UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company, Case… Read More »

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LaRue V. Accountable Health Care, IPA

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Rob Gianelli of Gianelli & Morris and Rene Kern of the Kern Law Group obtained a $7,225,000 jury verdict on behalf of plaintiff Terry LaRue, against Accountable Health Care, IPA (“Accountable”) for failure to provide LaRue with timely and necessary medical services, resulting in a permanent and disabling injury to his hand. Mr. LaRue’s… Read More »

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Addressing the Defenses of Abstention, Primary Jurisdiction and Exclusive Jurisdiction in Insurance Class Actions

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Published in: Advocate – Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California, September 2016 Issue Authored by: Robert S. Gianelli Downloadable format: To download this document in .pdf format [Click Here] I. Introduction So you have just filed an insurance class action and you are very excited. You have substantial evidence that the defendant… Read More »

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Use and abuse of medical necessity criteria – Health insurers’ denial of the Hepatitis C drug Harvoni

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Use and abuse of medical necessity criteria – Health insurers’ denial of the Hepatitis C drug Harvoni. These drugs offer a cure for the estimated 3.2 million people living in the United States with chronic Hepatitis C infection.​ Published in: Consumer Attorneys Of California January/February 2016 Authored by: Robert S. Gianelli Downloadable format: To… Read More »

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Gianelli & Morris wins class certification against Blue Shield over its refusal to cover artificial lumbar disc surgery as “investigational.”

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Gianelli & Morris wins class certification in case against Blue Shield over its refusal to cover artificial lumbar disc surgery as “investigational.” Gianelli & Morris has won class certification in a class action lawsuit against Blue Shield of California on behalf of patients who had their requests for artificial lumbar disc surgery denied as… Read More »

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Gallimore v. Kaiser

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Gallimore v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG12-616206 Gianelli & Morris Wins Class Action Lawsuit Gianelli & Morris has won a class action lawsuit against Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (“Kaiser”) on behalf of Wendy Gallimore and thousands of Kaiser patients. Kaiser refused to provide reconstructive surgery for excess… Read More »

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Zhang v. Superior Court

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(2013) 2013 Cal. LEXIS 6520 The Zhang case represents a victory for California insureds who have had to endure misconduct in the handling of their claims by their insurers. For many years, insurers were able to avoid liability for mishandling claims by taking cover under the Unfair Insurance Practices Act (UIPA) (Insurance Code section… Read More »

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Insurance Agents vs. Insurance Brokers

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INSURANCE AGENT OR INSURANCE BROKER: A DISTINCTION WITH A DIFFERENCE Published in: Advocate – Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California – June 2013 issue Authored by: Robert S. Gianelli & Jully C. Pae Downloadable format: To download this document in .pdf format [ Click Here] Disputes often arise over whether a particular… Read More »

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