FTC Revamps Challenge To $195M Hospital Merger

Law360, Los Angeles (April 11, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday filed an amended complaint in its ongoing litigation against Phoebe Putney Health System Inc.'s now consummated $195 million acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital Inc., asking for a temporary restraining order enjoining further integration of the two hospitals.

The amended complaint comes less than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court in February narrowed antitrust immunity for state-sanctioned conduct in the FTC’s dispute with Phoebe Putney, clarifying that state laws granting government authorities general corporate powers don’t offer protection from federal...
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