Price Uniformity Not Required For Cert.: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (January 13, 2012, 6:19 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit on Friday said that price uniformity isn't necessary to sustain the predominance requirement for class certification in antitrust cases involving entities with complex pricing systems, reviving a suit alleging NorthShore University HealthSystem hospitals abused their monopoly power after a 2000 merger.

In a published opinion, a three-judge panel vacated an April 2010 ruling by U.S. District Judge Joan H. Lefkow that said the plaintiffs could not prove that NorthShore had uniformly raised prices and therefore could not claim a classwide injury.

The panel...
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