Pittsburgh Post-Gazette seeks to unseal Highmark motion for sanctions against UPMC

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An attorney representing the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today asked a federal judge to make public a motion for sanctions filed by Highmark against UPMC in a court case involving the two.

Attorney Frederick N. Frank filed the motion a day after U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti decided that Highmark could file the motion under seal.

Recent filings in the case indicate that the insurer wants judicial sanctions against UPMC's attorneys, claiming that their allegations against Highmark are contradicted by evidence.

UPMC has claimed in the four-year-old court fight that Highmark used its market dominance to force UPMC into unfavorable contracts.

Sealing the motion "severely limits the Post-Gazette's ability to report to the general public on an issue that is unquestionably of the highest public importance -- health care in Western Pennsylvania," Mr. Frank wrote in the motion.

Court documents are presumed to be public, he continued, and Highmark has not showed that availability of the motion would cause "clearly defined and serious injury."

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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