Class action filed against Walgreens over med record copy charges
Kelly Holleran Dec. 20, 2011, 10:46am
In recently filed court documents, Walgreens is accused of overcharging its customers for copies of their medical records.
Raymond Griggs filed a putative class action lawsuit Dec. 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the pharmacy.
Corey D. Sullivan, John J. Carey, Francis J. "Casey" Flynn Jr. and Tiffany M. Yiatras of Carey, Danis and Love in St. Louis will be representing him.
In his complaint, Griggs claims Walgreens charged him a flat fee of $55 for copies of his medical records. By demanding an exorbitant fee, the store is violating state law, the suit states.
According to law, companies are permitted to charge only $24.81 in handling charges, $0.93 per page for the first 25 pages, $0.62 per page for the next 25 pages and $0.31 for any more than 50 pages.
"Defendant perpetrated the common scheme of fraud complained of herein by omitting, or failing to disclose to Plaintiff and Class, that they intentionally overcharged Plaintiff and Class for reproduction of medical records," the complaint says.
Walgreens attempted to conceal its fraud by stating its fees in an ambiguous manner, Griggs claims.
In his complaint, Griggs says Walgreens violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. He also alleges common law fraud and unjust enrichment against Walgreens.
Griggs seeks a determination that his class action complaint is valid, plus pre-judgment interest, attorneys' fees, exemplary, treble and punitive damages, costs, the restitution of all fees he and other plaintiffs paid to Walgreens and other relief the court deems just.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-685.