Ill. Patients Appeal Denied Antitrust Class Cert. Bid

Law360, New York (April 14, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT) -- Patients of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corp.'s hospitals are appealing a district court's rejection of its class certification bid in an antitrust suit accusing the Chicago-based health care network of abusing its monopoly power after it merged with another suburban Chicago hospital in 2000.

The plaintiffs in the case filed a petition to appeal in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, arguing that the district court erred in denying class certification.

Judge Joan H. Lefkow of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...
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