A federal judge has approved a settlement agreed to in January, ending a class-action lawsuit filed against Minneapolis-based UnitedHealth.

Lawrence McKenna, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, signed off on the deal, which stems from a suit filed by the American Medical Association, Missouri Medical Society and New York State Medical Society. Originally filed in March 2000, the suit alleged that UnitedHealth Group colluded with others to underpay physicians for out-of-network medical services.

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