FTC Says Hospital Takeover Was Anti-Competitive

Law360, New York (August 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a blow to Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corp., the Federal Trade Commission has affirmed an administrative law judge’s previous ruling that the health care system’s 2000 acquisition of Highland Park Hospital was anti-competitive.

The FTC’s administrative opinion and order, which was made public on Monday, affirmed an October 2005 ruling by Chief Administrative Law Judge Stephen J. McGuire that the transaction violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act.

ENH’s January 2000 takeover of Highland Park combined ENH’s Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals – located in Cook County,...
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