Antitrust Case Could Affect Buying Groups
On May 22, 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint and consent decree charging a buying cooperative of Arizona hospitals with violating Section 1 of the Sherman Act by fixing the price and terms for purchasing temporary nursing services.
The case serves as a useful reminder that not all buying coops are lawful, and that the antitrust laws can reach conduct relating to terms of employment.
* The Arizona Hospitals Consent Decree *
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