A federal judge has dismissed a class-action civil RICO suit against Aetna U.S. Healthcare, brought by a group of consumers who say it lured them in with false promises of high-quality care while secretly pressuring doctors to cut costs and provide only minimum care.

“A vague allegation that ‘quality of care’ may suffer in the future is too hypothetical an injury to confer standing,” Senior U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam wrote in a tersely worded six-page memorandum and order in Maio v. Aetna Inc.

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