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Hospitals Accused Of Antitrust Price Fixing

CHICAGO (CN) - Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corp. have raised and fixed prices for health care at three North Shore hospitals - Evanston, Glenbrook and Highland Park - since Jan. 1, 2000, according to a federal a class action antitrust complaint.

Plaintiffs demand treble damages. They claim that in August 2007, the Federal Trade Commission affirmed its 2004 complaint and the decision of an administrative law judge that the 2000 merger between ENH and Lakeland Health - which led to ENH's acquisition of Highland Park Hospital, formerly a competitor - was immediately followed by substantial prices increases and price fixing.

Plaintiffs' lead counsel is Mary Jane Fait with Wolf Haldenstein Adler.

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