Trial Tests FTC's Power To Take On Hospital-Doc Mergers

Law360, New York (September 20, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission will face off Monday against St. Luke's Health System Ltd. in a trial challenging the hospital group's acquisition of the Idaho region's largest independent physician practice, in a case that will test the antitrust watchdog's ability to take on mergers between hospital groups and major physician practices.

Nine months after the judge overseeing the case let the deal go through, St. Luke's and the practice it acquired, Saltzer Medical Group PA, will go head to head at trial against the FTC, the Idaho attorney general and the rival hospitals that initially challenged the deal. The plaintiffs claim...

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