SCPH Legacy Corporation v. Palmetto Health et al.

Date Filed: August 17, 2016
Status: Decided
District Court: South Carolina – Case No. 3:16-CV-02863
Appellate Court: 4th Circuit Case No. 17-01384
Nature of Suit: Antitrust
Defendant Type: Provider
Plaintiff Type: Private
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In August 2016, Sisters of Charity Providence Hospital (SCPH) filed a suit against Palmetto Health, alleging that Palmetto conspired with a profitable orthopedic surgery practice group to monopolize the market for orthopedic surgery services in Richland County, S.C. Providence Hospitals argues that Palmetto made illegal agreements to move the rival’s profitable orthopedic surgery practice group before the rival completed its sale to an out-of-state investor. Providence Hospital claims that the agreement resulted in a $50 million loss in value before it was sold. In October 2016, Palmetto filed a motion to dismiss the private antitrust claim, which the court granted as to all the federal antitrust claims in February 2017. The state claims in the case were dismissed without prejudice. The Fourth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s judgment in June 2018.

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