Blue Shield of Virginia v. McCready

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Blue Shield of Virginia v. McCready
Court U.S. Supreme Court
Citation 457 U.S. 465 (1982)
Date decided June 21, 1982
Appealed from U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
Case Opinions
majority written by William J. Brennan, Jr.
joined by White, Marshall, Blackmun, Powell
dissent written by William Rehnquist
joined by Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor
dissent written by John Paul Stevens

Facts

McCready received medical insurance coverage under a prepaid group health plan purchased by her employer from Blue Shield of Virginia. She received services from a psychologist,for which Blue Cross declined to reimburse her.

Procedural History

McCready sued, seeking damages under § 4 of the Clayton Act, which provides for recovery of such damages by "[a]ny person" injured "by reason of anything" prohibited in the antitrust laws. The District Court granted Blue Cross's motion to dismiss, holding that respondent had no standing under § 4 to maintain her suit. The Court of Appeals reversed.

Issues

Does McCready have standing under § 4?

Holding

Yes, McCready has standing to maintain the action.

Judgment

Affirmed.

Reasons

Section 4 of the Clayton Act provides a remedy to "[a]ny person" injured "by reason of" anything prohibited in the antitrust laws."

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