The US Supreme Court narrows "State-Action" doctrine in hospital merger challenged by the US FTC (Phoebe Putney)

In a unanimous decision issued on February 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state-action doctrine did not immunize Phoebe Putney Health System's acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital in Albany, Georgia [1]. The decision immediately was hailed by FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz as "a big victory for consumers who want to see lower health care costs" and one that "will ensure competition in a variety of other industries, as well". This ruling both clarifies the standards needed to establish state-action immunity, while raising questions about what evidence will meet these standards. Phoebe arose out of the merger between two hospitals, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Access to this article is restricted to subscribers

Already Subscribed? Sign-in

Access to this article is restricted to subscribers.

Read one article for free

Sign-up to read this article for free and discover our services.

 

PDF Version

Authors

  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Palo Alto)
  • Clifford Chance (Washington D.C.)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Palo Alto)

Quotation

Clifford H. Aronson, Alec Y. Chang, Sharis A. Pozen, Joanna Warren, The US Supreme Court narrows "State-Action" doctrine in hospital merger challenged by the US FTC (Phoebe Putney), 19 February 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2013, Art. N° 51325

Visites 268

All issues

  • Latest News issue 
  • All News issues
  • Latest Special issue 
  • All Special issues