Last Updated: Aug 27, 2018
A settlement agreement has been reached in the class-action lawsuit, Albert Talone, D.O. et al. v. the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Note that before the settlement can be finalized, it must first be approved by the court.
Filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the case was brought by several Osteopathic physicians to challenge the AOA policy that physicians maintain AOA membership as a condition of obtaining and maintain board certification in certain advanced medical specialties. In settling the action, the AOA has agreed to end this policy and no longer condition board certification upon AOA membership.
The Settlement Class consists of all persons who were AOA members and all persons or entities who paid dues on behalf of any AOA member at any time since August 1, 2012. No action is required by Settlement Class Members to partake in the settlement’s benefits. Although Class Members cannot exclude themselves from the settlement, they do have the opportunity to object to the settlement.
A notification of the settlement was recently sent to AOA members. This notification outlines the terms of the settlement, who is a member of the Settlement Class, and how Class Members can object to the settlement. The AOA has also published an FAQ which provides additional information on the class action suit and settlement.
PAMED will continue to monitor the suit and update members accordingly.