Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven A. Brick has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by the California Medical Assn. against Blue Shield of California, alleging that the health insurer’s new online doctor-rating system is inaccurate and misleads consumers. Blue Shield’s Blue Ribbon Recognition Program, launched in June, analyzed about 6,000 doctors statewide and posted blue ribbons on its website next to the names of those who met national standards for quality care. In a ruling released Friday, Brick dismissed the suit’s claims and agreed with Blue Shield’s attorney’s assertions that the program was a form of protected speech.
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