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'Deceptive' billing lawsuit against Cleveland Clinic can move forward, judge says

Clinic's motion to dismiss is denied
Cleveland Clinic
Posted at 4:20 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 18:58:19-05

CLEVELAND — A lawsuit that claims the Cleveland Clinic has used “deceptive” billing practices got the go-ahead from the judge in the case.

Last fall we reported on the suit, which is seeking class-action status claiming more people have had the same problems. The plaintiff, Amanda Van Brakle, said she has had issues with the Clinic keeping track of her payments, and the bills she received were not correct.

The Clinic had asked the judge to dismiss the case, but that request was denied.

Van Brakle’s attorneys, Dan Myers and Scott Perlmuter, said that was the right ruling. “We’re finding that this is a very common situation not even necessarily at the Cleveland Clinic even, but outside there in other hospital systems as well is what we’re hearing from people,” said Myers.

We’ve reached out to Cleveland Clinic. A rep said it cannot comment on a pending lawsuit.

The case will continue with a hearing later this month.

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