Federal Trade Commission and State of Illinois v. Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem

Date Filed: December 21, 2015
Status: Decided
District Court: Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division – Case No. 1:15-CV-11473
Appellate Court: 7th Circuit Case No. No. 16-2492
Nature of Suit: Healthcare Consolidation
Defendant Type: Provider
Plaintiff Type: Federal, State
Case Info: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/1410231/ftc-v-advocate-health-care-network

The FTC successfully blocked the merger of Chicago-are Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystems after winning its appeal to put the proposed merger on hold. On October 31, 2016, the Seventh Circuit granted a preliminary injunction, halting the merger of the Chicago area health systems, based on its conclusion that the district court’s geographic market finding in denying a preliminary injunction was “clearly erroneous.”  The Seventh Circuit sided with the FTC’s argument about proper geographic market definition, and found that the FTC demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of the case. The case was then remanded to the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, which granted an injunction on March 7, 2017. The parties abandoned their merger plans soon thereafter and the FTC dismissed the administrative complaint. Read the FTC press release.

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