Ohio Hospital Group Must Face Rival's Boycott Complaint

Law360, New York (August 31, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT) -- Ohio medical system Premier Health Partners on Thursday lost its bid to knock down antitrust claims from a smaller rival after a federal judge said there’s evidence the larger network tried to neutralize competition by threatening physicians and coercing insurers.

Premier argued in its motion to dismiss that its conduct didn’t rise to the level of a per se Sherman Act violation, when behavior is inherently anticompetitive, but U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black pointed to numerous allegations indicating otherwise.

The smaller hospital, known as the...
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