X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
� 1 This is an appeal from the denial of a motion for a confidentiality order presented by defendants, the Geisinger Health Plan HMO and certain of its participating health care providers, which sought to prevent plaintiff from disclosing, disseminating and/or otherwise publishing numerous pages of documents that the defendants produced during discovery conducted in an underlying medical malpractice action. The documents pertained to the HMO’s managed care procedures, and included, inter alia, information regarding individual physicians’ compensation, HMO salary/bonus incentive procedures as well as policies regarding the hiring and retention of plan physicians. After producing the documents, defendants sought plaintiff’s agreement to keep the information confidential. Plaintiff’s counsel declined to execute the proposed confidentiality agreement. Rather, he stated his intention was to use the information produced in the instant lawsuit to support his firm’s prosecution of several unrelated lawsuits against the HMO and to exchange the information produced with outside attorneys and law firms engaged in unrelated actions against the HMO. Thus, in late August of 2000, defendants sought a confidentiality order from the trial court, in part on the grounds that the records produced included proprietary trade secrets and that the documents contained information entitled to protection under a constitutional right to privacy. On January 3, 2001, as part of a “general housekeeping order” to dispose of “various outstanding issues in this involved and complex litigation” the trial court summarily denied, among other things, “Defendants Petition for an Order of Confidentiality.” Defendants now appeal the order denying relief as separable from and collateral to the main cause of action pursuant to Pa.R.A.P. 313 and allege that the trial court erred in denying the petition. *fn1 We agree and accordingly,

we reverse.

� 2 The facts, as gleaned from the record, show that in 1987, plaintiff husband, Charles Dibble, became eligible for Medicare. In 1990, he purchased a “Medicare wrap around” supplemental health insurance plan from appellant Geisinger Health Plan. The HMO coverage was a supplement to the traditional Medicare “fee for service” plan which was the primary payor for Mr. Dibble’s health care treatment.

 
Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.

More From ALM

With this subscription you will receive unlimited access to high quality, online, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry. This is perfect for attorneys licensed in multiple jurisdictions or for attorneys that have fulfilled their CLE requirement but need to access resourceful information for their practice areas.
View Now
Our Team Account subscription service is for legal teams of four or more attorneys. Each attorney is granted unlimited access to high quality, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry along with administrative access to easily manage CLE for the entire team.
View Now
Gain access to some of the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys with our 2 bundle options! Our Compliance bundles are curated by CLE Counselors and include current legal topics and challenges within the industry. Our second option allows you to build your bundle and strategically select the content that pertains to your needs. Both options are priced the same.
View Now
June 27, 2024
New York

Consulting Magazine identifies consultants that have the biggest impact on their clients, firms and the profession.


Learn More
July 11, 2024
New York, NY

The National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers recognizes U.S.-based law firms performing exemplary work on behalf of plaintiffs.


Learn More
July 22, 2024 - July 24, 2024
Lake Tahoe, CA

GlobeSt. Women of Influence Conference celebrates the women who drive the commercial real estate industry forward.


Learn More

FULL-TIME COMMERCIAL LITIGATION ASSOCIATE SATTIRAJU & THARNEY, LLP SEEKS AN ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY PREFERABLY WITH 4-7 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ...


Apply Now ›

McCarter & English, LLP is actively seeking a chemistry patent associate with an advanced degree in chemistry. Candidates should have 2-...


Apply Now ›

McCarter & English, LLP is actively seeking a biotechnology patent associate or patent agent with an advanced degree in biology, biochem...


Apply Now ›
06/21/2024
Daily Business Review

Full Page Announcement


View Announcement ›
06/14/2024
New Jersey Law Journal

Professional Announcement


View Announcement ›
04/29/2024
The National Law Journal

Professional Announcement


View Announcement ›