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U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero, Northern District of California U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero, Northern District of California (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

A federal judge in San Francisco has found that an affiliate of UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, breached its fiduciary duty to policyholders by following guidelines that emphasized cost-savings and addressing acute problems rather than treating underlying mental health and substance abuse issues.

Ross Todd

Ross Todd is bureau chief of The Recorder in San Francisco. He writes about litigation in the Bay Area and around California. Contact Ross at rtodd@alm.com. On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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