Loose Lips Sink Ships and Careless E-mails Torpedo a Transaction


Federal antitrust laws prohibit hospital systems, like other businesses, from using a dominant market position to exclude competitors and restrain trade. Recently, e-mail communications exchanged between a hospital system and a physician group helped convince a federal judge to unwind a hospital system’s completed acquisition of a physician practice.

St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St. Luke’s”) is a not-for-profit health system that owns and operates seven hospitals in Idaho and eastern Oregon. Saint Alphonsus Health System, Inc. is St. Luke’s competitor. It joined with another hospital to form an outpatient surgery center in the St. Luke’s service area. The two systems vied for referrals from Saltzer Medical Group, P.A, (“Saltzer”) the largest, independent multi-specialty physician group in Idaho. In 2008, St. Luke’s decided to acquire the Saltzer group.

Please see full Article below for more Information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Buchalter Nemer | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.