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FTC Loses Pennsylvania Merger Challenge in District Court and Seeks Emergency Appeal to Third Circuit

On May 9, 2016, a Pennsylvania federal judge denied efforts by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state regulators to block the merger of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Hershey) and Pinnacle Health System...more

The Penn State Hershey–Pinnacle Merger: A Turning Point in FTC’s Enforcement Authority, or Just a Temporary Setback?

As we have reported previously, the Federal Trade Commission recently has taken an aggressive stance in regulating mergers in the healthcare sector. The Commission has racked up a string of victories, but last week the...more

FTC Granted 2-Week Reprieve in Effort to Block Pennsylvania Hospital Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the state of Pennsylvania have two weeks to persuade the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that the pending merger of Penn State Hershey Medical Center (“Hershey”) and Pinnacle...more

April Antitrust Bulletin

FTC Files No-AG Suit Against Pharmaceutical Companies - On March 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaintin the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against several drug...more

News Flash: It’s Not Illegal to Tie Sutures!

You have to hand it to Kansas federal judge Daniel Crabtree. He played it completely straight in his April 7 decision rejecting the claim by Suture Express that two national medical supply distributors were guilty of...more

LSU Hospital Operator May Proceed with Antitrust Suit Against Competing Health System

The antitrust suit against Willis Knighton Medical Center will continue following the denial of its motion to dismiss. BRFHH Shreveport v. Willis Knighton Med. Ctr., case number 5:15-cv-02057 (W.D. La. Mar. 31, 2016). The...more

Alert: FTC Challenges "No-AG" Agreement as Illegal Reverse Payment

On March 30 the US Federal Trade Commission filed suit in federal court alleging that settlements of patent litigation in the pharmaceutical industry in which a pioneer firm agrees not to market an "authorized generic"...more

Sixth Circuit: “Single-Network” Hospitals Not Exempt from Section One Scrutiny

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit allowed a claim to proceed under § 1 of the Sherman Act against four hospitals acting as a single network under a joint operating agreement. Med. Center at...more

Pause in Feds v. W.Va. Hospital Merger Battle

On March 24 the Federal Trade Commission issued an order temporarily putting on hold its hearing on the Cabell Huntington Hospital’s proposed acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center and Pallottine Health Services....more

The FTC's Three Current Hospital Merger Challenges: Will the FTC Ever Lose?

Beginning with the Federal Trade Commission’s 2007 decision in Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corp., holding that a hospital merger in the North Chicago suburbs violated the antitrust laws, the FTC has experienced...more

Sixth Circuit Finds Possibility of Conspiracy Among Hospital Network Members

The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday voted 2 to 1 to reverse a district court’s grant of summary judgment under which a defendant hospital network had been found to be a single entity incapable of conspiring with itself in an...more

Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need Law is Here to Stay (For Now)

Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need (“COPN”) law has been the subject of considerable debate in the General Assembly, in the media, and in federal court. At least for now, the discussion at the judicial level has ended,...more

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

Virginia’s Certificate of Need Laws May Stay, Fourth Circuit Says

On January 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld Virginia’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws, ruling that the scheme does not illegally discriminate against out-of-state health care providers. See Colon...more

Texas Medical Board Appeals Immunity Ruling

In a notice of appeal filed on January 8, 2016, the Texas Medical Board appealed the Western District of Texas’s ruling that the Texas Medical Board was not entitled to state action immunity in an antitrust suit involving...more

Physician Practices Face Anti-Trust Risks, Too

On December 18, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with Keystone Orthopaedic Associates Specialists and Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, LTD, which were two of six orthopedic practices in Berks...more

FTC and Pennsylvania Challenge Penn State Hershey’s Planned Merger with PinnacleHealth System

BNA has reported the planned merger of Penn State Hershey Medical Center with PinnacleHealth System will be challenged in federal court by federal and state officials. The Federal Trade Commission and Pennsylvania’s...more

FTC files brief in LabMD appeal

We previously reported that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lost its case against LabMD alleging that LabMD had inadequate security measures to prevent an alleged data breach....more

Quest Defeats Claims that It Conspired with Health Insurers

On November 25, District Court Judge William Orrick (N.D. Cal.) dismissed all claims in Eastman v. Quest Diagnostics, finding that the plaintiffs, a class of Northern California consumers who had utilized Quest's services,...more

Second Circuit tells pharmacies the antitrust claims they cooked up need more than a little Morton Salt

Cash & Henderson Drugs, Inc. v. Johnson & Johnson, recently decided by the Second Circuit, concerns Robinson-Patman Act claims that retail pharmacies brought against pharmaceutical manufacturers. The retail pharmacies alleged...more

Antitrust Suit Continues to Stymie New Texas Telemedicine Regulation

A federal district court denied the Texas Medical Board’s (the Board) motion to dismiss an antitrust suit filed by a telemedicine company (Teladoc), finding that the Board is not entitled to state action immunity because its...more

Texas Telemedicine Provider Survives Another Round

Teledoc, a telehealth services provider looking to do business in Texas, continued its winning streak in Texas federal court: on Monday, a judge rejected the Texas Medical Board’s motion to dismiss Teledoc’s antitrust...more

FTC Provides Guidance Regarding Antitrust Compliance for State Regulatory Boards

In North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, 135 S. Ct. 1101 (2015), the Supreme Court held that the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (“Board”), a state agency, was not exempt from federal antitrust laws...more

Kissing Camels Antitrust Suit Against Health System Moves Past Another Hump in the Road

In June, an antitrust suit brought by plaintiff ambulatory surgery centers (“ASCs”) against a health system, health insurers, and a trade association survived a motion to dismiss. Last week, the ASCs’ case cleared the hump of...more

Court Rejects Claim that a Doctor’s Loss of Privileges is an Antitrust Injury

A federal appeals court held that a doctor who lost his privileges at a local hospital failed to establish an antitrust injury sufficient to confer standing under the Sherman Act. The United States Court of Appeals for the...more

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