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US: Healthcare providers abandon four years of antitrust litigation

 |  January 6, 2014

US-based healthcare conglomerates UPMC and Highmark Inc. have each dropped their lawsuits on order from a federal judge, say reports.

US District Judge Joy Flowers Conti ordered Highmark to drop its 2009 lawsuit, countered by Highmark’s 2012 lawsuit, also ordered to be dropped. The companies had sued each other over claims of monopolistic conduct.

The judge ordered the cases to be abandoned by the end of 2013, and dismissed with prejudice – without the opportunity of refilling.

According to reports, however, Highmark is not ruling out another lawsuit against UPMC for similar claims of monopolistic behavior in the future.

Full Content: Post-Gazette

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