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A class-action settlement involving allegations that the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (Fla.) Overcharged patients treated for motor vehicle-related injuries received preliminary approval in a federal court on October 6, according to court documents posted by Bloomberg Law.

The class action lawsuit was brought by Natalie Kuhr. The plaintiff alleged that the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville violated Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act and the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by billing the balances of patients whose medical care was covered by health insurance. protection against injury.

Florida law prohibits providers who treat patients with personal injury insurance from charging insurers more than a “reasonable amount” for their services.

The Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court said on Oct. 6 that the proposed category of 371 bodily injury patients treated at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville for injuries sustained in traffic accidents was reasonably defined.

Further, the total settlement amount of just over $ 1 million appeared to be “sufficiently fair, reasonable and adequate on its face to warrant its presentation to class members,” the court said.

However, the court said it must reject any incentive rewards to Ms Kuhr that are requested in the settlement and that their finding of fairness does not reflect whether the amount of the fees sought by class counsel is reasonable.

The settlement agreement will go to a fairness hearing before final approval on Jan.20, 2021, the court said.