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October 31, 2019

The Queen's Medical Center Wins Dismissal With Prejudice Against Complaint by Health Plan Involving Emergency Services Billing

King & Spalding assisted in obtaining the complete dismissal with prejudice of a lawsuit filed by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (“Kaiser”) against our client, The Queen’s Medical Center (“Queen’s), in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.  Queen’s is the largest and most prestigious hospital system in Hawaii.  Kaiser and Queen’s were parties to a hospital services agreement that expired on May 30, 2019.  The parties were unable to come to terms on a new contract, and Kaiser filed a complaint on June 12, 2019 seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against Queen’s regarding Queen’s billings for emergency services provided to Kaiser members.  Kaiser argued that the same rules that govern out of network emergency services in California should govern in Hawaii.   Queen’s moved to dismiss Kaiser’s claims in their entirety, and on October 31, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson granted Queen’s motion to dismiss and denied each of Kaiser’s claims with prejudice.  This represents a significant victory for Queen’s in a case raising complex issues of first impression under Hawaii law.