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Court Rejects Insurance Companies’ Effort to Dismiss Antitrust Claims and Limit Damages of Healthcare Providers

On June 1, 2022, the Honorable Evelio Grillo of the Alameda Superior Court, in VHS Liquidating Trust, et al. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, et al., Case Number RG21106600, issued two comprehensive orders that emphatically rejected the Defendants’ attempts to dismiss the Plaintiffs’ claims and limit their potential damages. First, the Court rejected Defendants’ efforts to dismiss 10 of Plaintiffs’ 13 claims and gave Plaintiffs leave to amend the 13th claim. Thus, Plaintiffs’ entire case shall remain entirely intact following the ruling. Second, the Court rebuffed Defendants’ attempt to limit the damages period, preserving Plaintiffs’ ability to pursue subscriber and provider damages dating back to 2008 and 2009, respectively. The Court agreed with Plaintiffs that as members of a federal class action, their claims are equitably tolled back to the filing of the class action complaints, regardless of the label of the claim.

Bartko Trial Team Named California Attorneys of the Year!

Bartko attorneys Ben Riley, Sony Barari, Rob Bunzel, and Gabriella Wilkins were named 2022 California Attorneys of the Year, following their complete trial victory in the Robert A. Naify Trust case. The petitioner in that case claimed that her step-father, Robert Naify, promised to leave her his golf course in Spain, and to treat her the same as his biological daughters in his final trust. After a three-week trial where the petitioner sought at least $250 million, Judge Richard Ulmer rejected the oral promise claim.

Bartko Scores Huge Defense Jury Verdict in $411 Million Sutter Health Antitrust Class Action

After a 5-week jury trial in the Northern District of California, the nine member jury returned a verdict on Friday, March 11 in favor of our client Sutter Health, finding that Sutter did not tie its hospital services together, and did not force insurance companies to contract with Sutter on allegedly anticompetitive terms.

Five Bartko Zankel Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® List

Bartko Zankel is pleased to announce that five lawyers have been included in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Bartko Zankel Ranked in 2022 “Best Law Firms”

Bartko Zankel is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized for the 12th consecutive year in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings—nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 7 practice areas.

Thirteen Bartko Zankel Attorneys Named 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thirteen Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller attorneys have been selected as Northern and Southern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2022, in the practice areas of Antitrust Litigation, Business Litigation, Labor & Employment, Franchise/Dealership, Intellectual Property Litigation, Real Estate, and Transactional Real Estate. Some of our attorneys have been named Super Lawyers for at least 15 consecutive years. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

Trial Court Enters Naify Judgment and Awards Costs

As previously reported in June 2021, the San Francisco Superior Court, Judge Richard B. Ulmer Jr. presiding, issued its Statement of Decision in the In Re Matter of Robert A. Naify Living Trust following a three-week trial in February and March. The Statement of Decision rejects the oral inheritance promise claims of Petitioner Christina Cortese, and finds completely for Bartko’s client, the Co-Trustees of the Robert Naify Trust.

Bartko Firm Spearheads Dismissal of All Claims Against a Former Prime Minister of Egypt

September 17, 2021: Bartko firm spearheads dismissal of all claims against our client, a former Prime Minister of Egypt, in an Alien Tort Claim case pending in Washington D.C.—winning by proving up immunity based on the United States’ recognition of complex diplomatic immunity due to the client’s status as a representative to the International Monetary Fund.

Ben Riley Speaks About Federal Vaccine Injury Cases

On August 5, 2021, Ben Riley spoke on a Bar Association of San Francisco panel about Vaccine-Related Legal Issues concerning production, administration, and litigation. As the international scientific community races to develop safe and effective vaccines, debates rage about the government taking over private manufacturing facilities for production of critical medical equipment and vaccines, employers mandating vaccination for its employees, and disease and disability claims arising from vaccines.

Ben Riley Ranked By Chambers As Top California Lawyer in Both Intellectual Property and Trust and Estate Litigation

Benjamin K. Riley, a principal and executive committee member of Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller, has received 2021 top California lawyer rankings from Chambers in two, disparate areas of litigation.