• Court Orders Divestiture of St. Luke’s Acquisition of a Physician Practice Group
  • August 26, 2015 | Author: Sandra Jarva Weiss
  • Law Firm: Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. A Professional Corporation - Allentown Office
  • On February 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of St. Alphonsus Medical Center and affirmed the district court’s order of divestiture by St. Luke’s Health System of an acquired physician practice group. The case arises out of the 2012 merger of two health care providers, St. Luke’s Health System and Saltzer Medical Group, in Nampa, Idaho. The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Idaho sued, alleging that the merger was anti-competitive and violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. § 18, and other State law provisions. The District Court Judge found that the merger violated Section 7 and ordered divestiture, and the appeal was brought to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.