Blue Cross, Hospital Chain Tell 7th Circ. To Toss Antitrust Suit

By Lauraann Wood (September 3, 2020, 9:55 PM EDT) -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and a hospital chain urged the Seventh Circuit Wednesday to uphold their victories over a competitor's claims that they unlawfully negotiated insurance contracts that cut competitors out of insurance networks.

Blue Cross argued that the Seventh Circuit should affirm its 2015 summary judgment win in Marion HealthCare LLC's lawsuit because Marion launched a novel and improper attempt to hold it liable for entering into an allegedly anticompetitive exclusive contract for surgical services with hospital chain Southern Illinois Healthcare. In a separate brief, SIH argued the lower court correctly tossed Marion's attempt to prove it had...

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