Butler v. Unified Life Insurance Company, et al.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF MONTANA

Butler et. al. v. Unified Life Insurance Company, et al., Cause No. CV-17-50-SPW-TJC

NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

On December 3, 2018, Plaintiffs alleged that Unified systematically breached class member short-term medical insurance policies issued from 2014 to 2017 by underpaying, through its utilization of Data iSight, medical claims at levels below what was required by the insurance policies. Unified denies all material allegations of Plaintiff’s class action complaint.

The Court certified the class action lawsuit on September 30, 2019. In June 2020, individual notices were mailed to prospective class members and published in a national newspaper informing them about the class certification, explaining how the class action might affect their rights, and providing them an opportunity to opt out if they wished to do so.

The parties vigorously litigated the claims. On May 3, 2021, Plaintiff and Unified conducted a mediation of the class claim in Billings, Montana, before Magistrate Judge John Johnston. At the mediation, the Parties agreed upon an $8,000,000 class settlement amount that was recommended by Judge Johnston, along with various conditions, that have subsequently been formalized into a settlement agreement. The Court has preliminarily approved the settlement agreement.

Who’s included? You may be a member of the Class if: (1) you purchased a Unified Short-Term Medical Insurance Policy, (2) paid your premiums, (3) made one or more claims for which Unified utilized “Data iSight” to determine the amount payable, and (4) Unified paid those medical claims within the statute of limitations. If you purchased a Policy, but did not have a claim paid, you are not part of the Class.

 

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

OBJECT

To object to the settlement, you must explain to the Court, in writing, why you object to the terms of the settlement or attorneys’ fee award.

ATTEND THE HEARING

If you timely file your objection, you may ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement or the  attorneys’ fee award.

DO NOTHING

If you do nothing, you will receive compensation under the settlement.