BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman has filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit against Blue Cross of Idaho, and the case is being consolidated with several others nationwide in the Northern District of Alabama.

Melissa Allen contends that Blue Cross of Idaho, the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and 37 other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans violated federal anti-trust laws by carving up the country into exclusive territories.

Karen Early, the spokeswoman for Blue Cross of Idaho, said the company will vigorously defend itself against the claims.

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