Highmark asks Court of Common Pleas to order UPMC to return confidential documents

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Highmark Inc. has filed a motion with the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, asking the court to compel UPMC to return the confidential documents that it inadvertently received during a hearing in November.

In a statement, Highmark said UPMC "failed to follow well-established protocols for attempting to gain access to the subject documents, instead engineering 'back-door' access to preclude Highmark from protecting its confidential and trade secret documents."

The documents were exhibits in a suit filed by Highmark against West Penn Allegheny Health System to prevent WPAHS from soliciting other affiliation partners.

Although not party to the suit, UPMC requested copies of the exhibits during the trial, including some which were supposed to be under seal.

UPMC attorneys say they alerted the court when they discovered the error but they refused the court's request to return the documents.

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Steve Twedt: stwedt@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1963.


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