Caldwell et al. v. UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company et al.
United Lipedema Settlement
Case No. 3:19-cv-02861-WHA (N.D. Cal.)

Welcome to the United Lipedema Settlement

if you had a pre-service or post-service claim for liposuction to treat lipedema denied by united healthcare as “unproven”, you could receive benefits from a class action settlement.

Important Update: Claim forms must be submitted by May 20, 2024. Claim forms are available here.

What is this lawsuit about?

The lawsuit concerns whether United Healthcare improperly determined that liposuction to treat lipedema was “unproven” and excluded the procedure from coverage from January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2019.

Who is included?

Class members are all persons covered under ERISA health plans, self‑funded or fully insured, that are administered by United and whose claims for specialized liposuction for treatment of their lipedema were denied as unproven between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2019.

What does the Settlement provide?

Class members whose claims for liposuction to treat lipedema were denied as “unproven” between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2019, and who paid out‑of‑pocket for the surgery may make a claim for reimbursement. Class members who have yet to undergo the surgery may request that their denied requests for coverage be re‑reviewed under the terms of the settlement. If the Settlement receives final approval, claim forms will be sent to Class Members on January 19, 2024.


Option and Deadline Event
Do Nothing If you do nothing, you will remain a Class Member and you will be able to seek (i) reimbursement for out‑of‑pocket expenses incurred for liposuction to treat lipedema, and (ii) re‑review of a denied request for coverage for liposuction for lipedema.
Exclude Yourself
(Postmarked by October 20, 2023) (Passed)
If you choose to exclude yourself, you will lose the ability to seek coverage for the prior denial of liposuction to treat lipedema under the terms of the settlement, but you can bring your own lawsuit.
(Postmarked by October 20, 2023) (Passed)
Write to the Court about why you don’t like the settlement.
Go to Hearing
(Postmarked by November 9, 2023) (Passed)
Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement.
Appear Through an Attorney If you desire, you may enter an appearance in this case through an attorney at your own expense.

Final Fairness Hearing
on November 30, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

At the hearing, the Court will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. The Court will listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing.

For More Information

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United Lipedema Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91232
Seattle, WA 98111