The US Supreme Court confirms the narrow scope of "State Action" doctrine (FTC / Phoebe Putney)

In FTC v. Phoebe Putney, the Supreme Court has unanimously reversed the Eleventh Circuit holding that a Georgia hospital authority's acquisition of a hospital was covered by state-action immunity, emphasizing that "state-action immunity is disfavoured". The Supreme Court held that, as the State had not clearly articulated and affirmatively expressed a policy allowing the hospital authority to make acquisitions that substantially lessen competition, state-action immunity does not apply. The acquisition for which the hospital authority claimed immunity would have given it an 86 percent market share for acute-care hospital services provided to commercial health plans in the area around Albany, Georgia. In Justice Sotomayor's first antitrust opinion since joining the Supreme Court, the

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  • Jones Day (Washington DC)
  • Jones Day (Washington DC)

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Toby G. Singer, Philip A. Proger, The US Supreme Court confirms the narrow scope of "State Action" doctrine (FTC / Phoebe Putney), 19 février 2013, e-Competitions February 2013, Art. N° 51296

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