Inova Health System Foundation (Inova) and Prince William Health System, Inc. (PWHS) announced today that they will abandon their proposed merger. This announcement comes after the Federal Trade Commission sought to preliminarily enjoin the merger so that it could conduct a “Fast Track” administrative hearing, which was scheduled to start on October 6, 2008. In a strategic shift, the Commission pursued a strategy of convincing a federal judge that he need only conduct a summary proceeding to preserve the status quo pending the “Fast Track” review. Pursuant to an agreement dated August
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