21st Century Oncology Ch. 11 Reopened For Noncompete Suit

By Rick Archer (April 16, 2019, 7:51 PM EDT) -- A New York bankruptcy judge Tuesday reopened 21st Century Oncology's Chapter 11 case, ruling that a dispute over noncompete agreements that were included in the Florida cancer treatment chain's reorganization plan belongs in bankruptcy court.

Four doctors are attempting to escape the agreements through an antitrust suit, arguing that their dispute is over 21st Century's post-bankruptcy actions. Judge Robert Drain disagreed, finding during a Tuesday hearing that he will need to rule whether the noncompete agreements at issue are enforceable parts of the company's bankruptcy plan.

21st Century sought Chapter 11 protection in 2017, hounded by accusations of overbilling fraud that resulted in nearly $55 million...

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