Fending off the FTC: Defense that worked in Georgia may be increasingly used in antitrust cases

Carlson, Joe
July 2011
Modern Healthcare;7/4/2011, Vol. 41 Issue 27, p10
Trade Publication
The article discusses U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands' ruling dismissing a Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) request for a temporary restraining order against the purchase of the Palmyra Medical Center in Albany, Georgia. The decision was based on the premise that since the deal was an act by a state political subdivision, it was immune from antitrust examination. The FTC intends to appeal the Sands decision, and has not withdrawn a related administrative court lawsuit against the merger.


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