The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit holds that the government failed to meet the geographic market requirement, and therefore, failed to establish that a hospital merger would have anticompetitive effects (Mercy / Finley)

Mercy Health Center (Mercy) and Finley Hospital (Finley) are the only two general acute care hospitals in Dubuque, Iowa. The two hospitals agreed to merge and form a partnership, Dubuque Regional Health Services. On June 10, 1994, the government filed a complaint seeking injunctive relief against the merger as a violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act and Section 1 of the Sherman Act. The parties agreed that the relevant product market was acute care inpatient services offered by Mercy and Finley, but disagreed as to the relevant geographic market. The government asserted that the relevant geographic market included Dubuque County and a half-circle with a 15-mile radius extending from Dubuque County's eastern edge into Illinois and Wisconsin. This geographical area would include

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Tiffany GE, The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit holds that the government failed to meet the geographic market requirement, and therefore, failed to establish that a hospital merger would have anticompetitive effects (Mercy / Finley), 26 February 1997, e-Competitions February 1997, Art. N° 71621

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