Wash. State Slams Health Cos.' Defense In Price-Fix Suit

Law360 (November 30, 2018, 8:24 PM EST) -- Washington state lawyers accusing two health care companies of fixing reimbursement rates are telling a federal court that the companies can't escape the claims by arguing that one of them would be weakened without making the deals.

In a move for partial judgment Thursday, the state attorney general's office told U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle that Franciscan Health Systems and The Doctor's Clinic do not have a valid defense under the Sherman Act. The companies argue that a series of agreements they made to combine some medical activities are justified because The Doctor's Clinic's competitiveness would be greatly diminished without...

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