In re Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, Inc., 2016 MT 121 (May 24, 2016) (Cotter, J.) (5-0, aff’d)
Issue: (1) Whether objector Laura Fortune waived her right on appeal to object to the settlement; (2) whether objector Kevin Budd has standing to object to the settlement agreement; (3) whether the district court abused its discretion in certifying this matter as a class action; (4) whether the district court abused its discretion in approving the settlement agreement; and (5) whether the district court erred by allowing individual settlements.
Short Answer: (1) Yes; (2) no; (3) no; (4) no; and (5) no.
Facts: Claimants assert that while they were insured by Blue Cross Blue Shield (now Caring for Montanans, Inc.)…