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UnitedHealth Group sues California over fine

UnitedHealth Group sues California over fine

Setting up a major legal fight, UnitedHealth Group Inc. has sued California's insurance commissioner to block his attempt to fine the insurer $173.6 million for violations during a botched 2005 acquisition. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Orange County Superior Court, is the latest twist in a long-running political drama. Four years ago, California sought a jaw-dropping fine of nearly $10 billion against UnitedHealth, the nation's largest insurer. The penalty related to problems handling medical claims and policyholder applications after the insurer bought Cypress-based PacifiCare. But that record penalty didn't stand. Last year, an administrative law judge rejected much of...

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