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CDA achieves favorable Delta litigation outcome

CDA has achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of dentists in our litigation against Delta Dental. CDA took a stand on your behalf — to protect your right to fair dealings — and we succeeded. During five years of hard fought litigation, we successfully blocked Delta’s attempt to reduce reimbursement rates for the Premier Plan, saving providers more than 600 million dollars in fee reimbursements. A summary of the settlement is included on this page. We urge you to read the settlement summary along with CDA Practice Support resources that offer assistance in managing your practice and evaluating the plans you accept.

News Stories

Deadline to cash Delta Dental settlement checks approaching (04/17/2019)

Delta Premier Providers who are class members of the Delta Dental class action lawsuit have until June 14, 2019, to cash their settlement checks. The $65 million settlement is the result of legal action CDA filed against Delta on behalf of members. Most settlement checks sent to approximately 14,000 class members have been cashed, but the class action settlement administrator reports that more than 500 settlement checks have yet to be cashed. 

Eligible Premier providers to receive settlement payments (09/17/2018)

Approximately 14,000 dentists are expected to receive payments by the end of October as part of CDA’s settlement agreement with Delta Dental. The agreement, which was approved by the court in May and followed by a 60-day appeal period, provides $65 million to Premier providers who had their fees impacted by Delta Dental’s “inflationary adjustment percentage.” Dentists who did not have their fees reduced improperly by the inflationary adjustment percentage will not receive payments.

Delta Dental settlement notices mailed to eligible providers (07/24/2018)

A class action settlement administrator has mailed allocation notices to approximately 14,000 Premier providers eligible for payments under CDA’s settlement agreement with Delta Dental. Although eligible dentists do not need to file a claim in order to receive their portion of the $65 million settlement, they should read the notice carefully and supply any requested changes of address.

Eligible Premier providers to be mailed Delta Dental settlement notices (07/11/2018)

Dentists eligible for payments under CDA’s settlement agreement with Delta Dental should expect to receive allocation notices within a few weeks. The class action settlement administrator plans to mail letters to approximately 14,000 Premier providers who had their fees impacted by Delta Dental’s “inflationary adjustment percentage.”

Top 8 questions asked about the Delta Dental settlement (06/12/2018)

CDA Practice Support is hearing from members who have questions about the Delta Dental settlement, which CDA secured final court approval of in late April. Provided here are members’ top questions, compiled and answered by Practice Support. Questions include “What started the legal action that led to this settlement?” and “Are there any benefits beyond the $65 million payment?”

CDA secures final court approval of $65M Delta Dental settlement for dentists (05/01/2018)

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has granted final approval of the  $65 million amended settlement agreement between Delta Dental of California and the plaintiff class of Premier dentists. The comprehensive settlement is the result of a lengthy legal battle that CDA initiated in 2013 after learning of Delta Dental’s plans to reduce Premier provider rates by 8 to 12 percent. CDA brought the litigation in order to protect the rights of its members and to require Delta Dental to honor the terms of its contracts.

Delta Dental settlement information available online (03/02/2018)

Dentists seeking information regarding CDA’s amended settlement agreement with Delta Dental can find all related information posted at DeltaDentalofCaliforniaSettlement.com. Under the settlement agreement, Delta Dental must pay $65 million to Premier Providers whose rates were impacted by an inflationary guard. Not every Premier Provider had his or her fees reduced by this procedure, but those who did will receive some proportionate reimbursement.

Court grants preliminary approval of $65M Delta Dental settlement agreement (01/02/2018)

In a hearing on Dec. 27, a San Francisco Superior Court judge granted preliminary approval of the amended settlement agreement between Delta Dental of California and the plaintiff class of Premier dentists. After an error in the financial calculations was discovered during the validation CDA required of the prior settlement amounts, the new settlement includes an agreement by Delta Dental to pay an unprecedented monetary award of more than $65 million and expands the number of dentists eligible for awards to more than 14,000.

CDA negotiates larger settlement for Delta Dental Premier dentists (12/15/2017)

A revised proposed settlement agreement between Delta Dental of California and the plaintiff class of Premier dentists has been filed in Superior Court. The revised settlement includes an agreement by Delta Dental to pay an unprecedented monetary award that nearly doubles the amount the parties had previously agreed upon to more than $65 million.

Delta hearing scheduled for Oct. 11 (10/02/2017)

CDA achieves significant settlement in Delta legal action (03/07/2017)

After a long legal battle against Delta Dental, CDA achieved a favorable outcome on behalf of dentists regarding Delta's attempt to reduce Premier Provider reimbursement rates. In a letter to members, CDA President Clelan Ehrler, DDS, MS, outlines the successful outcome and provides a summary of settlement details.

Ruling in Delta case favorable for CDA (04/16/2015)

The San Francisco Superior Court judge presiding over the CDA v. Delta Dental case issued her final ruling denying Delta Dental’s motions attempting to have the case dismissed. The final ruling confirmed a tentative ruling of the same nature just weeks prior. 

CDA files legal action against Delta Dental of California (08/14/2013)

On behalf of its members, the California Dental Association — along with several individual dentist providers — has taken legal action against Delta Dental of California by filing a demand for binding arbitration in response to Delta’s notice dated Aug. 1, informing providers of changes to key provisions in their agreements.