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DB Healthcare, LLC v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Inc., 14-16518

In ERISA actions brought by health care providers designated to receive direct payments from employee health plan administrators for medical services, the district court's dismissal of the actions is affirmed where: 1) neither direct statutory authority nor derivative authority through assignment authorized the healthcare providers to bring suit in federal court under ERISA's civil enforcement provisions; and 2) the health care providers here lacked derivative authority to sue, given the nature of the governing agreements and of the purported assignments.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/03/22




  • United States Ninth Circuit