Pa. Hospital Antitrust Suit Stayed For High Court

Law360, New York (February 1, 2011, 8:04 PM EST) -- A federal judge has stayed an antitrust battle involving the two largest hospital operators in Pittsburgh and a health insurer, claiming that the U.S. Supreme Court is “reasonably likely” to take up the case.

Judge Arthur J. Schwab of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued the stay Monday.

The suit pits West Penn Allegheny Health System Inc., the area's second-largest hospital operator, against UPMC, the largest, and health insurer Highmark Inc. West Penn alleges UPMC and Highmark conspired to drive West...
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