District Council #16 v. Sutter Health, et al.
District Council #16 v. Sutter Health, et al.
Case No. RG15753647

Welcome to the District Council #16 v. Sutter Health Notice of Pendency Website

What is this lawsuit about?

This lawsuit was filed on January 6, 2015, and is pending in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda. Plaintiff alleges that Sutter Health violated California’s Unfair Competition Law, Business & Professions Code § 17200. Sutter Health denies the allegations and denies that any of its practices were unfair or deceptive. Sutter Health asserts that its practices fully complied with all applicable laws, and it denies that Plaintiff and the Class are entitled to receive any money or other relief from Sutter Health. For more information please see FAQ 2.  This lawsuit is ongoing, and the Court has not yet decided who will win or lose this case

Who is included?

The Court has certified the Class and authorized Plaintiff to represent a class comprised of: Self-funded payers that (1) are citizens of California or state and local governmental entities of the State of California and (2) compensated Sutter Health for any anesthesia services, other than conscious sedation, administered in operating rooms at its acute care hospitals at any time from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2013. A self-funded payer is an entity (such as an employer, union, or healthcare benefits trust) that funds the healthcare expenses of its employees or members, meaning that it pays for the claims submitted by healthcare provider out of its own health plan funds, as the claims are presented.

How do I participate in the Class?

If you are a Class Member, you have a choice to make now whether to remain a member of the Class and be represented by the Class Representative and by Class Counsel, or to exclude yourself. Either choice will have its consequences, which you should understand before making your decision.


Do Nothing If you meet the definition of a Class member and do nothing, you will remain part of the Class and keep the possibility of getting money or other benefits that may come from a trial or settlement. If you remain part of the Class, you will be legally bound to any and all orders and judgments, whether favorable or not, that the Court makes regarding the claims in this class action. Regardless of whether the Class wins or loses at trial, you will not be able to sue, or continue to sue, Sutter Health as part of any other lawsuit for the same legal claims that Plaintiff has asserted in this lawsuit (or claims closely related to them). If you do not request exclusion you may choose to enter an appearance through counsel.
Exclude Yourself from the Class If you ask to be excluded from the Class and money or other benefits are later awarded, you will not receive any money or benefits. You will not be legally bound to any orders or judgments that the Court makes regarding the claims in this class action. You will keep your rights to litigate against Sutter Health in another proceeding about the claims described in the Notice. If you do exclude yourself, your claims may be subject to a time limit (known as statute of limitations).

The deadline to request exclusion is June 7, 2022.

For more information, please see FAQ 6.

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District Council #16 v. Sutter Health, et al
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91218
Seattle, WA 98111