Cruz v. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois (FEHBA)

Cruz v. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, No. 00 CH 14182 (Cir. Ct. Cook County, Ill.); Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois v. Cruz, 2003 WL 22715815 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 17, 2003); and 396 F.3d 793 (7th Cir. 2005) (parallel state and federal litigation over Blue Cross’s claimed reimbursement right against third-party recoveries; obtained summary judgment for Plaintiff and a certified class in the state litigation; prevailed at district court level in the federal action, and successfully vacated the Seventh Circuit’s judgment for Blue Cross before the United States Supreme Court, 126 S.Ct. 2964 (June 26, 2006); see also, Empire Healthchoice Assur. V. McVeigh, 126 S.Ct. 2121 (2006), in which Krislov firm acted as amicus in support of McVeigh, the prevailing party, and cited id. at 2135, in the United States Supreme Court’s decision regarding the scope of federal jurisdiction and preemption under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Act and federal common law.  State law case settled for $1.5 million, providing full recovery to the certified class).






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