A US State Court rejects a proposed consent judgment for under-addressing the competitive harm (Commonwealth of Massachusetts / Partners Healthcare System)

Massachusetts Court Unsettles Partners’ Hospital Merger By Nixing Consent Judgment* A Massachusetts state court on Thursday derailed the settlement of a challenge to the proposed merger of Partners Health System with rivals South Shore Health and Educational Corp. (South Shore Hospital) and Hallmark Health Corp. (Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital) by taking the unusual step of rejecting a proposed consent judgment negotiated by the state’s top antitrust enforcer. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders was swayed by arguments of opponents of the merger that the acquisitions would enhance Partners’ market power and enable it to increase health care costs. The now-rejected proposed consent judgment was the product of a lengthy investigation and settlement

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  • Constantine Cannon (New York)
  • New York State Governor Cuomo for Health

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Daniel Vitelli, Axel Bernabe, A US State Court rejects a proposed consent judgment for under-addressing the competitive harm (Commonwealth of Massachusetts / Partners Healthcare System), 29 January 2015, e-Competitions January 2015, Art. N° 71375

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