A class action settlement requiring Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to make billing reforms is fair and reasonable, a judge ruled Tuesday, but he cut $2.2 million from the fee award to the plaintiffs lawyers.

The health insurer was prepared to pay $6.5 million in legal fees to class action lawyers when the case settled. But after an appeal by nine doctors groups who objected to the deal, the case was remanded to the Essex County judge who had approved it in 2007.

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