WATTSHealth Systems Inc. and United HealthCare Corp. have settled their lawsuit over use of the United HealthCare name and service mark in five Southern California counties, including Ventura.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
United HealthCare is expected to immediately begin using the United HealthCare name to replace the MetraHealth Care name in Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties.
"We welcome the opportunity to reacquaint people throughout the state of California with our national brand, United HealthCare," said Henry Loubet, president of United HealthCare of California and CEO of its Pacific region. "Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to work with WATTSHealth Systems in mutually beneficial areas."
Dr. Clyde W. Oden Jr., president and CEO of WATTSHealth Systems and United Health Plan, said his company soon will announce a new logo and name for the company's HMO.