7th Circ. Raises Jurisdiction Issues In Hospital Antitrust Row

Law360 (November 10, 2020, 10:23 PM EST) -- A Seventh Circuit panel ordered additional briefing Tuesday as it considers reviving claims against a hospital chain accused of negotiating insurance contracts that cut competitors out of insurance networks, saying there could be a jurisdictional problem if all parties did not consent to a decision by a magistrate judge.

U.S. Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook pressed counsel for the hospital chain Southern Illinois Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to address why BCBS was a party on appeal if it supposedly wasn't a party when an Illinois federal magistrate judge determined Southern Illinois Healthcare did not violate antitrust laws in...

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