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The Anthem Companies, Inc.

Canaday et al. v. The Anthem Companies, Inc.
Court File No. 1:19-cv-01084 (Western District of Tennessee)

On May 7, 2019, our law firm filed a case against The Anthem Companies, Inc. (“Anthem”) in the Western District of Tennessee on behalf of Utilization Management Nurses, Utilization Review Nurses, Medical Management Nurses, Nurse Reviewers, Nurse Reviewer Associates, and similar positions. The Named Plaintiff seeks overtime pay on behalf of herself and all other similarly situated nurses who worked for Anthem, or for one of its subsidiaries, in any location across the country. The Complaint alleges that Utilization Management Nurses, Utilization Review Nurses, Medical Management Nurses, Nurse Reviewers, Nurse Reviewer Associates, and similar positions were paid a salary and did not receive any overtime compensation for overtime hours worked as a result of Anthem’s unlawful practice of classifying them as exempt, salaried employees. 

Anthem is a parent company to or otherwise affiliated with many other health insurance plans across the nation. These companies include but may not be limited to:

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield
  • Anthem Life Insurance
  • America’s 1st Choice
  • Amerigroup
  • Aspire Health
  • CareMore
  • Freedom Health
  • HealthLink
  • HealthSun
  • Optimum HealthCare
  • Simply Healthcare
  • UniCare.

The case was filed as a collective action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. § 216(b).  The Plaintiffs seek unpaid overtime compensation and double damages.

To learn more about this case or about how to join it, feel free to contact the case clerk, Jacob Skold, at jskold@nka.com or call (612) 256-3226.

Type of Case

Unpaid Overtime

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How do I join this case?

If eligible, you may join the case by submitting a consent form.  You can find the consent form for this case by selecting the “Join the Case” button beneath the case description.

How do I know if I am eligible?

The collective in this case is defined as any individual who, at any time from May 7, 2016 through present day: (1) worked in Tennessee for The Anthem Companies, Inc. (or one of its subsidiaries) in the Medical Management Nurse Family, (2) was paid a salary, (3) was treated as exempt from overtime laws, (4) worked/works over 40 hours during a week, and (5) was primarily responsible for performing medical necessity reviews.

Do I have to pay anything?

You do not have to pay anything to our firm if you join the lawsuit. We are handling this case on a contingency basis. This means we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief either through a settlement or a final judgment, and that payment will only come out of that settlement or final judgment.

What about retaliation?

The law protects you from retaliation for asserting your rights, and if you suffer retaliation, you may be able to assert additional claims. If you currently work for Anthem or any of its subsidiaries and you feel you are the victim of retaliation for participating in this lawsuit, contact Jacob Skold at jskold@nka.com or call toll free at (877) 448-0492, ext. 226.

How do I learn more?

To learn more about this case, feel free to contact Jacob Skold at jskold@nka.com or call toll free at (877) 448-0492, ext. 226.

Case Updates

  • August 23, 2019

    The Anthem Companies, Inc. Update

    The Court recently held a scheduling conference with the parties on August 8, 2019. The parties discussed waiting to enter specific deadlines in the case until after the Court decides our motion for conditional class certification.  That motion will ask the Court to order Anthem to provide us with a list of all utilization review nurses who may be eligible to make a claim for their overtime pay.

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