Health Care Providers Lose Bid To Toss Antitrust Case

Law360, New York (October 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Kansas judge has refused to throw out an antitrust case against the state's major health care providers, ruling there was sufficient evidence of a conspiracy to boycott a competitor for the suit to proceed.

In a decision unsealed on Wednesday, Judge Monti Belot denied motions to dismiss the suit filed by the defendants, among them Aetna Health Inc. and Midwest Division Inc., saying the plaintiff – a specialty hospital based in Kansas City – had shown evidence of an agreement and a plausible economic motive....
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