State of Washington v. Franciscan Health System, et al.

Date Filed: August 31, 2017
Status: Pending
District Court: W.D. Washington – Case No. 3:17-cv-05690
Nature of Suit: Antitrust
Defendant Type: Provider
Plaintiff Type: State

In August 2017, the Washington State Attorney General filed suit to thwart and unwind Franciscan Health System’s (FHS) most recent expansion attempts alleging violation of both state and federal antitrust laws. The AG asks for equitable disgorgement from illegal financial gains obtained from the transactions. On July 24, 2018, the federal district court denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding that the State has sufficiently alleged services agreement between the two providers could amount to a horizontal price-fixing agreement. See our blog post here.

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