Hospital's Suit Over Wash. Angioplasty Rules Nixed

Law360, New York (May 27, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has tossed Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital's suit challenging allegedly anti-competitive Washington state restrictions on the number of hospitals that can perform elective angioplasties.

Judge Edward F. Shea of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington granted the Washington State Department of Health's motion for judgment on the pleadings on Tuesday, rejecting the hospital's contention that the state regulations governing which hospitals can perform this procedure violate the Sherman Act by allowing approved hospitals to perpetuate their local elective angioplasty monopolies....
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