We take a break from our series on incorporating software into your products to talk about a case the Supreme Court is considering that may prove significant to manufacturers. This column is not typically the place to go for predictions on what the Supreme Court may do, but I want to bring this case to your attention, and circumstances are forcing me to do it now rather than later.
The Third Circuit recently affirmed denial of certification of a class of patients who alleged that the medical testing company, Quest Diagnostics, Inc., routinely overbilled patients. See Grandalski, et a. v. Quest Diagnostics, Inc., et al., No. 13-4329 (September 11, 2014). Quest Diagnostics is the country’s largest provider of medical testing.
The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed dismissal of a putative class action alleging that a major airline improperly calculated frequent-flyer miles. In Han v. United Continental Holdings, Inc. et al., No. 13-3871, decided August 11, 2014, the plaintiff, Hongbo Han, filed a putative class action against United Air Lines, Inc. and related entities (“United”) alleging it breached the terms of its frequent-flyer program, called the “MileagePlus Program.”