Why Chicago Hospital Merger Case Is Important

Law360, New York (January 23, 2014, 1:02 PM EST) -- On Dec. 10, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted class certification to customers claiming that the merger of two Chicago-area hospital groups, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corp. (ENH) and Highland Park Hospital, resulted in higher prices for patients.

Class action litigation in merger cases is not common, because the remedy for a prospective merger challenge is an injunction, not damages. Because this case is a challenge to a completed transaction, where plaintiffs can allege actual injury not just prospective harm, it...
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