Class Cert. Bid Revived In Chicago Hospital Antitrust Case

Law360, New York (April 5, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT) -- Patients of NorthShore University HealthSystem's hospitals on Wednesday renewed a bid for class status in their antitrust case over a 2000 merger, four months after the Seventh Circuit ruled that proof of price uniformity was not needed for class certification.

In a motion filed in Illinois federal court, the plaintiffs said they had offered ample proof that the Chicago-area hospital system was a monopoly that boosted prices at the expense of a wide swath of patients.

The Seventh Circuit's January decision found the plaintiffs' reasoning “sufficient”...
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